Pr Bob Burnett has served as a pastor in the Westminster Presbyterian (WPC) Church for more than three decades. Before going to Bible college, Bob served for nine years in the Royal Australian Air Force, followed by several years working as a journalist for The Countryman in Western Australia and the Sunshine Coast Daily. Bob has been married to Wendy for almost 50 years, and has two adult sons and five grandchildren. He and Wendy live at Woombye. Bob currently serves as a part-time Pastor at Grace Presbyterian Church Morayfield, alongside his son, Pr Darren Burnett. He also preaches once a month at the Monto Reformed Fellowship and Kilkivan Community Church and occasionally at other WPC churches. WPC churches are committed to the Reformed faith, as expressed in the Westminster Confession of Faith.
1. Jesus; in the House of Misery2. Why not heal everyone?3. A curious question4. A stirring excuse5. A glimpse of Heaven6. The inquisition7. A final word of advice
Pictured below is a model of the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:2). To the side are photos of the pool today.
When you visit St Anne’s Church in Jerusalem, they will show you the deep excavation that has revealed theancient Pool of Bethesda. There is historical and archaeological evidence that two adjacent pools of waterserved this area in ancient times.
We do not know which feast Jesus was observing when He went to Jerusalem, and it is not important thatwe know. His main purpose for going was not to maintain a religious tradition but to heal a man and usethe miracle as the basis for a message to the people.
The miracle illustrated what He said in John 5:24 — the power of His Word and the gift of life. This miracle is an illustration of the grace of God. Itwas grace that brought Jesus to the Pool of Bethesda, for who would want to mingle with a crowd of helpless people! Jesus did not heal all of them; He singled outone man and healed him.
The fact that Jesus came to the man, spoke to him, healed him, and then met him later in the temple isproof of His wonderful grace and mercy.
Jesus’ argument for healing on the Sabbath was that God does not suspend his activities on the Sabbath.But more important than pointing out the unceasing laws of nature, Jesus identified his activities with those of the Father. Jesus claimed to be continuing the creative work of God. – Warren Weirsbe