“Reaching the Lost Sheep of Jerusalem”
John 5:1-27 and John 10:7-11 Key word: “Judgment” Rev. Dr. Scott T. Arnold
3/22/2020 at First Baptist Church of Los Angeles, CA
Week 12: “Sojourning with King Jesus“
Introduction: Humanity seems lost and adrift in our time. We truly need a “Good Shepherd”. What will our judgment be in making wise choices and learning together to seek God and care for each other?
Judgment is not simply the “final determination” or “end result”, judgment involves a process of deciding, thinking, believing and taking steps toward faith and action. Sound and thoughtful judgment is necessary if we are to do more than simply survive. Indeed, sound judgment calls us to help one another, trust and glorify God.
A. Jesus addresses doubt and self-condemnation. (John 5:1-9)
John 5: 1 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. [ 4 ]… 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” 7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” 8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
B. Jesus addresses destructive thoughts and behavior (John 5:10-14)
The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10 and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.” 11 But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’” 12 So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?” 13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there. 14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”
C. Jesus was judged falsely by the Pharisees (10:15-18)
15 The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well. 16 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. 17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.” 18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
Human judgment and God’s judgment.
Human judgment, therefore, involves active decision making that has either positive or negative consequences. We may make wise judgments and decisions or foolish ones. Still, because of human corruption and sin, no one is perfect or without sin. All of humanity is affected by the “curse virus”.
God’s judgment involves interactive guidance with humanity and creation so as to disclose and reveal, help and heal, affirm or repeal. God’s judgement will either help make us holy in refinement with new life in His Spirit, or it will complete choices of alienation made by people by allowing for sin, evil or the disconnect of rebellion which ultimately leads to various types of destructive consequences and spiritual death.
Within the process of human judgment, God is patient and withholds the effects of His righteous and holy judgment as His Sovereign wisdom allows. In the process, God offers grace and new life in the Holy Spirit through his beloved and loving Son Jesus Christ to all who repent and believe in Him.
D. Jesus clarifies His authority to Judge (10:19-27)
- Jesus came to reveal God the Father and give new life. (19-21)
19 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these, so that you will be amazed. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it.
- Jesus came to repeal the judgment of death (22-24)
22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son, 23 that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him. 24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life.
- Jesus came and will come again to complete God’s process of salvation and judgment. (10:25-27)
25 Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.
E. Jesus was judged falsely by the Pharisees (John 10:7-11)
John 10: 7 Therefore Jesus said again, “Very truly I tell you, I am the gate for the sheep. 8 All who have come before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep have not listened to them. 9 I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. 11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
Key Point: Jesus came to give us life, we are called to exercise the judgment of faith and obedience to Him as Lord and Savior. New life is possible through faith in Jesus.
Romans 3:22 This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. 25 God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood —to be received by faith.
Without our judgment of faith and service to care for one another as Jesus calls us to, we deny God the righteous power of personal and community redemption.
- How are we seeing wise or poor judgment in the midst of the coronavirus crisis?
- What was the mistaken judgment of the man who waited so long for healing beside the pool?
- Why did Jesus ask him the question: “Do you want to get well?”?
- Did the paralyzed man seem to have a “victim” mentality? How can such an attitude become a hindrance? How does Jesus help the man overcome this attitude? What is the role of a faith judgment by the man?
- Why did the religious leaders become upset? Did they evidence sound judgment? Why not?
- What did Jesus reveal about the life-giving reason His Heavenly Father had given him authority for judgment?
- What is significant about Jesus being the “Good Shepherd” in our times?