Saturday, March 16, 2013

Do You Want To Be Well?

John 5:1-1

The Lord Jesus went to Jerusalem when there was a religious feast.

He came to the pool of Bethesda.

A great crowd of sick people were sheltering under the 5 porches around the pool. They were hoping for a miracle when an angel stirred the waters.

The Lord Jesus singled out a certain man who had been an invalid for 38 years.

He knew all about this man and he asked him, “Do you want to be made well?”

The man recognized his own helplessness.

The Lord Jesus told him to take up his bed (a mat which could be rolled up) and walk.

The man was instantly healed!

The Jews (probably Pharisees) were angry that The Lord Jesus healed the man at the pool on the Sabbath day.

They saw the man carrying his bed and this broke their man-made Sabbath laws.

The law forbidding the carrying of burdens was to do with trading on the Sabbath.

These people lacked compassion and did not share the man's joy on account of his healing.

The man did not know that it was the Lord Jesus who had healed him until the Savior sought him out in the temple.

There are some important principles to learn from this passage:-
  • Jesus knows all about us and our needs. 
  • Just as the man was unable to heal himself, we cannot save ourselves from our sin. We are enslaved by our sins. We can do nothing to save ourselves. We are dead in our sin until God works mightily in our lives through the Holy Spirit. This should fill us with joy and thanksgiving for the grace of God in our lives! 
  • We have no need to be enslaved by sin.
If you are struggling with sin in your life, do you really want to be delivered from its bondage?

Some love their sin and refuse to submit to the Lord Jesus.

Do you want to be made well?

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