What the Bible Says...
Before we get into the encounter Jesus is going to have with the man He is going to heal let’s set the scene.
Jesus is in Jerusalem at the Pool of Bethesda, now there are a few things we should know about this pool—
One, it means House of Mercy. The pool was known for its healing properties and there were many blind, lame, and withered waiting to be healed.
Two, it was near the sheep market, and the sheep gate is where people would enter into Jerusalem to offer their sacrifices.
Three, it is a visually a reminder of the law, “The pool had five porches—a covered “deck” on each side and one across the middle. Five speaks of the Pentateuch—the first five books of the law: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. With one of the porches extending across the pool, the pool itself created a physical likeness to the stone tablets Moses brought down from Sinai. Thus the pool portrays a perfect picture of the law.” - Jon Courson
Such a great reminder that we who are blind, lame, sick spiritually can NOT be saved by the law, only by grace, only by Jesus, only by His love.
5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
I love that Jesus is such a gentleman and asks the man if he wants to be made well, even though Jesus knew the answer.
7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.
It was immediate, it was all Jesus. Jesus didn’t say to the man “If you try and get to the water I will help you.” No, He just healed Him on the spot.
Let’s talk about healing for a minute. We don’t often see it happen in the good old US of A because we have so many other options, modern medicine etc…but God is still doing miracles, don't believe me read this book.
We may not need to be healed of a physical disease, but what about perfectionism, insecurity, fear.. God cares about all it. Let's take a minute to talk to God about our struggles and trust that He wants us to be free to live for Him without being plagued by all of our emotional baggage.
And that day was the Sabbath. 10 The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”
11 He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’”
12 Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”
15 The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.
Jesus was not about following the law, He was about loving and healing people. This made the Jewish leaders upset because they were all about keeping the law.
This is a great reminder that Jesus is not interested in religion, He is interested in having a relationship with us. He sought out the man who you notice was in the temple (it doesn't say what he was doing but I would imagine he was giving thanks to God for his miracle).
Such a great reminder to say thank you to God when He does miracles big and small for us.
Jesus offers healing, even if it means persecution and death…
6 For this reason the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”
18 Therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God. 19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
God could have chosen to judge us according to the law, but instead He chose love and sent us Jesus.
-We learned that in all of our brokenness only God's grace and love can save us, the law is not the answer.
-We learned that the power is all in Jesus, when Jesus shows up miracles can happen.
-We learned that Jesus offered healing even if it meant He would die. He died so that we might live.
In response to this chapter I am encouraged to share my testimony with others, to tell people what Jesus is doing in my life.. my miracles.
In in His Strength,