The Gospel Project: Unit 22, Session 3
Jesus Heals a Man at Bethesda. John 5
Point 2: A Miraculous Healing Leads to Obedience. John 5: 8-15
Sitting by a pool of water, waiting for someone to carry him to healing. Jesus stops and ask, "Do you want to be made well?" Of course, I'm sitting here by the healing pool. But the guy didn't say, Yes! He went into how there was no one to help. Later, Jesus finds him again in the Temple. Verse 14 Jesus says to him, "See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you."
This is subjection, but I wonder if the man hadn't continued coming to the temple, now only to beg? When I read Christ 's warning to him I pray the I don't fall back into those "old" habits of the flesh. They don't always have to be evil but they are not the best, the perfect will of God for My Life-His Life in me.
Are you sitting by the "pool of healing" waiting on someone to act on your behalf? Are you walking by those who need carried to Jesus?
Christ our Standard; he demonstrated obedience as He walked on Earth. In the garden he prayed, not My will Father, Thy Will. Luke 22:42. Then He rose and went to the cross.
Galatians 2:20 "I am crucified with Christ...
What if we all really started counting our blessings, stopped thinking others have "it" better than, and opened our hearts and hands for Jesus to use?