We pick up John 5 on the second half of verse 9. A man, an unnamed man, who has been disabled for 38 years, is healed by Jesus. Jesus instructed the man to stand up, pick your mat and walk.
John 5:9 VOICE
"But this was the Sabbath Day; and any work, including carrying a mat, was prohibited on this day."
This guy is all about doing exactly what Jesus told him to do. The religious leaders definitely had something to say about it, however. They stopped the man and questioned him, because he was carrying his mat. You see, at this time in history it is against religious laws to do any work, on the Sabbath. Yep. It was the Sabbath, so they stepped in with questions. Who is this man who told you to carry your mat? The healed man honestly didn't know who Jesus was, and couldn't give them His name.
John 5:14 MSG
"A little later Jesus found him in the Temple and said, “You look wonderful! You’re well! Don’t return to a sinning life or something worse might happen.”
The man then told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who healed him. That threw them into a tizzy. Doing this kind of thing on the Sabbath is why the Jews were out to expose Jesus as a rule breaker.
John 5:17-18 MSG
But Jesus defended himself. “My Father is working straight through, even on the Sabbath. So am I. That really set them off. The Jews were now not only out to expose him; they were out to kill him. Not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was calling God his own Father, putting himself on a level with God."
That really set them off. The tizzy quickly turned into a tantrum. They became determined to take Jesus down.
John 5:19 MSG
"So Jesus explained himself at length. “I’m telling you this straight. The Son can’t independently do a thing, only what he sees the Father doing. What the Father does, the Son does. The Father loves the Son and includes him in everything he is doing."
Have you ever met this kind of opposition in your life, your work or your ministry? When we do (cuz we live in the world), we have to remember to emulate Jesus. It's not about trying to get even, setting the other side up to fail or calling them out in angered tones. Nope, that's not His plan at all. He explains Himself at length. He talks to them. Conversations with Jesus. Wow!