Okolona Christian Church
52: Sign Language – What Do We Need From Jesus?
Andrew "Fitz" Fitzgibbon
June 18, 2023

52: Sign Language – What Do We Need From Jesus?

June 18, 2023



John 5:1-3 (NLT)
1 Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. 2 Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. 3 Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches.


Greek god Asclepius: god of medicine and healing


John 5:5-6 (NLT)
5 One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”


John 5:7-10 (NLT)
7 “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.” 8 Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!” 9 Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath, 10 so the Jewish leaders objected. …


Exodus 20:8 (NLT)
“Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”


John 5:10-14 (NLT)
10 … They said to the man who was cured, “You can’t work on the Sabbath! The law doesn’t allow you to carry that sleeping mat!” 11 But he replied, “The man who healed me told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’” 12 “Who said such a thing as that?” they demanded. 13 The man didn’t know, for Jesus had disappeared into the crowd. 14 But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.”


John 5:15-19 (NLT)
15 Then the man went and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16 So the Jewish leaders began harassing Jesus for breaking the Sabbath rules. 17 But Jesus replied, “My Father is always working, and so am I.” 18 So the Jewish leaders tried all the harder to find a way to kill him. For he not only broke the Sabbath, he called God his Father, thereby making himself equal with God. 19 So Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.”


Q: What is the Father’s business? 
A: Helping Everyone Find and Follow Jesus.


When Jesus performs a miracle, he’s speaking in sign language to let us know .


Do you ever find yourself seeking to meet your needs outside of God?

Does your version of Christianity get in the way of loving people who God loves?

The Father’s is always revealed through the Son.


Extra Notes:

What part of the service impacted you the most?

Help Your One Find & Follow Jesus

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