“After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 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?’ 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.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk.’ And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.” (John 5 : 1 – 9, NKJV).
Hey guys, top of the day to y’all.
While reading the above Scripture the other day, I discovered some things I hadn’t quite taken note of before then.
I believe for most of us that are familiar with the Text, we know the man failed to answer directly, a simple question asked him by the Lord, ‘Do you want to be made well?’ He went on to tell the Lord how he couldn’t due to his inability to get into the pool first after it had been stirred.
That is not my focus for today. The Revelation for me from this Scripture are 2 things;
- The Lord made him well by simply instructing that he, Rise. Take his bed. Walk.
What? What about the stirring of the pool? What happened to the other disabled people present, Scripture referred to them as ‘a great multitude?’ How did I qualify? I’m confused; You mean I don’t need to get in the pool to be healed?
Guys, this encouraged me greatly! That Jesus could choose to pick me from the ‘great multitude’ and make me whole. It doesn’t matter how long I have been trying to get in or how I have almost lost all hope, Jesus is still He Who has mercy on whom He chooses to have mercy on. He is still El Roi (The God Who sees me). There is still nothing He cannot do. He is still All-mighty. He doesn’t necessarily have to do things for me like He did for that other person, He can choose whatever medium He desires and that will still be great because everything He does is good and His ways are dependable. He is still the God who can (and will) give me 10 years in 1. Yes Lord, I believe, thank You! For my small human mind (like that of the man in today’s reading) keeps limiting you by thinking you are uni-directional but I (we) couldn’t have been more erroneous in my (our) thinking.
Also good to know is that I don’t need man to help me, first, I need God, He can then decide how to proceed.
For all those who needed this Truth as bad as I did, The Lord is calling us to trust Him enough to rise up from that place we have so helplessly relegated ourselves to, take up our bed on which we have lain for so long and walk into his perfect plan for our lives. Our season of waiting is finally over! Our time has come! We don’t need the promotion exams anymore to be promoted. We don’t need wombs again to conceive. We don’t need to have connections in high places because our God is the Highest and He is more than enough. The protocol – breaking God is here and our disqualifications have become the very things that draw His attention and help to us.
- He was healed on the Sabbath.
For those who don’t understand the implication of this – the Sabbath among other things was/is a day of no work (apparently including healing).
So it doesn’t matter what the rules state or who says what, your day is Your Day! Even on your day of judgment, the LORD can decide to show you mercy (insight for another day).
The Lord makes all things beautiful in its time. Get ready! Believe. Nothing lasts forever. This too shall pass.
If at the end of the day all you have is God, then you have more than enough.
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P.S; 38 years is a pretty long time, how many years have you been in ‘that’ place/condition?