By the rude bridge that arched the flood,
Their flag to April’s breeze unfurled,
Here once the embattled farmers stood,
And fired the shot heard round the world....
These evocative words by Ralph Waldo Emerson have come to be used for many events which set off world-transforming effects. In a sense, they can be applied to John 5 as the Scripture develops for us what happened when the Word became flesh and manifested his glory. As Jesus demonstrated who he truly was and what that meant for sinful men, opposition began to seethe and simmer. But when we come to John 5, it comes to full boil. Jesus deliberately performs a sign which fans the flames and draws the battle lines sharply between belief and unbelief. From here on, there is no turning back. The battle is on. Jesus' work brings him directly into conflict with unbelief.
We will hear from the Word of God about this this Lord's Day, and we will honor the Son just as we honor the Father. Come and join us.
Come, Thou Almighty King (#63)
How Sad Our State (#333)
What Think Ye of Christ? (#363)
How Good Is the God We Adore (#738)
Old Testament: Genesis 15; Psalm 25
New Testament: Matthew 10:1-23
"I Am Working:" Jesus' Clash with Unbelief - John 5