Arise!

SERMON NOTES  
Encountering Jesus
John 5:1-15
Rev. Dr. Jim Toole

Arise!

We have just looked at Jesus through the Old Testament. Now we are going to look at personal encounters with Jesus from the Gospel of John. This series is based on the book “In the Beginning There Was the Verb”, written by our very own Presbytery Pastor Brad Munroe. This will be a unique series, where each week I will act as the narrator to give some of the context and then some brave volunteer will be in character.

Today we are going to look at the character we will call Micaiah who was healed in John 5:1-15.

Jesus has power.

Jesus is about something new.

Jesus brings life.

Jesus brings peace.

Jesus is about making us whole.

Jesus is the Word that became Flesh.

It was to poor Micaiah that Jesus came when he visited Jerusalem. There are those who seem to suffer. It is such folk as these that Jesus sought out. Jesus never sought to consort with kings and rulers but with the poor, the despised, the least of these.

Jesus told Micaiah to arise, to live anew. He has given all of us life anew. So what would it look like for you to live life as one who is truly risen?