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In John chapter 5, Jesus graciously heals a man who had been lame for 38 years, and this man’s lameness is presented as a symbol of our spiritual inability. Just as we’re spiritually blind towards God and can’t even see his kingdom unless we’re first granted new life, so too all of us by nature are unable to walk in his paths or climb our way up to heaven. As the authorities interrogate Jesus in this chapter for healing this disabled man, Jesus turns the tables on his accusers by revealing himself to be their ultimate Judge. Not only is he able to raise up the lame and to make them walk, but he’s also the one who will “raise up the dead and give them life.”
Shane Rosenthal: John 5 has a lot of legal language. The frequency of key forensic terms suggest that it can be seen as a defense in an interrogation or trial. To judge occurs twice. To witness is employed seven times, and testimony is used four times.
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Craig Marshall: It’s really helpful to have that type of language pointed out. It’s not something that I noticed upon a first reading of that. I like how it starts with them interrogating the man who was healed, and then he shifts it to Jesus. Go talk to that guy. And then...
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