Aug 31, 2021 |Jesus And The

Disabled Outcast

08.31.21 | Jesus And The

Disabled Outcast

James Granger

John 5:1-15

We all go through life with hurt and shame. How do you attempt to hide from or wash away your own shame? Pastor James Granger reminds us that whatever you’re facing in life right now, God has not abandoned you; He is present with you in the midst of it. God’s grace cuts through the guilt and shame that we all experience.

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After this, a Jewish festival took place, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. By the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there is a pool, called Bethesda in Aramaic, which has five colonnades. Within these lay a large number of the disabled — blind, lame, and paralyzed.

JOHN 5:1-3

One man was there who had been disabled for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and realized he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to get well?”

JOHN 5:5-6

Adopt the same attitude as that of Christ Jesus, who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God as something to be exploited. Instead he emptied himself by assuming the form of a servant, taking on the likeness of humanity.


“Sir,” the disabled man answered, “I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I’m coming, someone goes down ahead of me.” “Get up,” Jesus told him, “pick up your mat and walk.” Instantly the man got well, picked up his mat, and started to walk.

JOHN 5:7-9

What can we learn about the character of God?He’s presentHe’s powerfulHe’s purposeful How can we follow the example of Jesus? How does God’s grace cut through the same we all experience in our own lives?

Now that day was the Sabbath, and so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “This is the Sabbath. The law prohibits you from picking up your mat.” He replied, “The man who made me well told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’” “Who is this man who told you, ‘Pick up your mat and walk’?” they asked. But the man who was healed did not know who it was, because Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there. After this, Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well. Do not sin anymore, so that something worse doesn’t happen to you.”

JOHN 5:9-14

For the joy that lay before him, he endured the cross, despising the shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.


For the Scripture says, Everyone who believes on him will not be put to shame

ROMANS 10:11