Midweek Focus Bible Study 21 Barry Road John 5: 1-18
Date:
14th February 2019
Time:
19:30- 21:00
Description:
John 5 opens with Jesus back in Jerusalem—a city alive amid the festivities of one of the Jewish holy days. Like most urban centers today, the place was home to countless broken people afflicted by disease, trapped in poverty, and haunted by the injustices of a society that shunned them. You’d think that Jerusalem would be a sanctuary for the desperate to find much-needed compassion. Not so! The place was steeped in legalism—an oppressive brand of Judaism that considered physical afflictions to be God’s penalty for sin (John 9:2). This harsh interpretation of the Law was promoted primarily by the Pharisees,
a highly influential group of religious leaders who overloaded people with unbending rules rather than lifting them from despair. Enter: Jesus! The Word, full of grace and truth, who became human and who entered our sin-wrecked world (1:14).

 

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