I want to be hard on this man who can get into the pool fast enough. He waited on a superstition for 38 years. . . 38 years. Then, Jesus healed him and he turned Jesus in to the authorities!
I had not noticed John 5:18 before. Clearly the Jews understood that Jesus was claiming equality with God (cf. John 8:58; John 10:30).
John 5:24 is a great gospel verse. What great news!
The witness thing I don't exactly get. John the Baptist, God, his works and the scriptures all witness for him. That should be sufficient. It works for me anyway.
John 5:30 tells us that Jesus did not act independently from the Holy Spirit. He did only what the Father directed him. He was not a free-lance deity. John 3:34 says that God gave the Holy Spirit to Jesus without limit. Much of what he did was because he was filled with the Spirit, not only because he was God. This has wonderful implications for those of us who follow him!
John 5:44, "How can you believe. . .?" This is a great question. It shows us that some of the things we do actually make it hard, if not impossible, to believe. They way you relate to other people makes a difference in how you relate to God! How many things can you think of that destroy faith in a similar way?