John 5:16-18 discusses the events following Jesus healing at Bethesda. Even though the man Jesus healed went to the temple to worship on the Sabbath, it was not enough. The religious leaders were afraid their power may slip away to this Nazarene.
Many today are chafed concerning the elitism in our government. Natural man is prideful and always takes from others to shore up the power needed to accomplish what they perceive is a vital need for their business, town, county, state or nation. Wise men are humbled by the task given and though they must take, they do so with understanding. Real leaders shepherd those they are given to lead. Weak leaders can only lead by coercion, oppression and tyranny. In Meeism in Government we discussed this problem in America, but it exists worldwide and it is timeless. This problem will persist until Jesus, the Good Shepherd returns.
The elite in society murder mostly by character assassination. They do so publicly to warn others this may happen to them. The elite ensure no one knows their past, or claim their deviancy is more normal than the Christian purity. Those striving for purity, seeking healing in our spirit, looking for the pure love of God and encouraging others in those things are the ones guilty of sedition (in Jesus case healing others on the Sabbath and giving God’s pure love) . We are dangerous, they are normal.
In John 5, we find an illustration of these truths where though God shows compassion and the weak leadership is fearful. If they admitted that Jesus was the Messiah, they would have to forfeit everything, they would have to submit to this carpenter Jesus, they would be powerless. Instead of believing the scriptures, they choose to fight Him. They only know one way, the Roman way, the way of sin, the way of Cain, they must destroy and kill Jesus.
John 5:16-18 shows what happens when politics injects itself between man and God. The fearless work of Christ exposes the scribe’s, Pharisee’s and Sadducee’s fear. If Jesus is God, this changes everything.
In our world today the same is true. Whether atheist, humanist or some other mainline religion, they all strive to retain power. They compromise to do so just as Jewish leaders did in Jesus’ day. Stand with our fearless Lord Jesus. He determines the outcome, not the fearful who persecute us.