Hope for the Hopeless


“Hope for the Hopeless”

John 5:1-9



“After this, a Jewish festival took place, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 By the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there is a pool, called Bethesda in Aramaic, which has five colonnades. 3 Within these lay a large number of the disabled—blind, lame, and paralyzed.

5 One man was there who had been disabled for thirty-eight years. 6 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?’

7 ‘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.’

8 ‘Get up,’ Jesus told him, ‘pick up your mat and walk.’ 9 Instantly the man got well, picked up his mat, and started to walk” (John 5:1-9, CSB).


Jesus singled this man out of the needy crowd at Bethesda.


What do you see when you look into the crowds of people in our world?



1. People are desperate in need.


·We should see the helpless condition of people.


This man “had been disabled for thirty-eight years” (v. 5).


He cried, “Sir, …I have no one…” (v. 7).


· We should see the hopeless condition of people.

“While I’m coming, someone goes down ahead of me” (v. 7).

Jesus is our only help and hope.



2. People are destroyed by sin.


“Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, ‘Do not sin anymore, so that something worse doesn’t happen to you” (John 5:14, CSB).



3. People can be delivered by the Savior.

Jesus “said to him, ‘Do you want to get well?’” (v. 6)

· Christ calls us to change our focus.

In our despair we look inward. Christ calls us to look upward.

Christ incites faith in us.

“Get up… and walk” (v. 8).
Hope was born out of hearing the words of Jesus.
Christ transforms our lives.


“Instantly the man got well, picked up his mat, and started to walk” (v. 9).