1 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews.
2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades.
3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie- the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.
5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.
6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”
9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,
10 and so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”
11 But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’”
12 So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”
13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.
14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”
15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.
Where’s verse 4? O___________________O
I wish I lived in the time of Jesus. I wish Jesus would show up and say to me, “Don’t worry anymore about dizziness, headaches, loss of balance, and poor coordination. I have taken out the tumors and the genetic defect in your body.” Then, I would jump around, rejoicing, telling people about how good He is, how amazing He is, that He indeed does exist.
I’ll admit that I forget that I have a disease. Time to time, I get weird headaches. I don’t know if that’s how everyone feels when they get a headache, but I don’t think it’s a normal headache. Once in a while, I lose my balance. Sometimes, I feel dizzy. Rarely, I don’t have very good coordination. These are times that I relate it back to the fact that I am indeed sick. I am always sick. It may not be the common flu, whatsoever, but I am sick. No matter how much I would like to be healthy I am sick. I don’t like to point it back to VHL, but sometimes other people point it back, by asking if it’s because of what I have.
Health is such a wonderful gift.
From this passage…
OBEDIENCE and FAITH are KEY.
This man had no idea that it was Jesus, but he obeyed. He just picked that mat up, not doubting, “Um, hello? I am a paralyzed man. Who do you think you are? Are you crazy?” He just picked it up. You know, that verse about the faith a size of a mustard seed. As desperate as this man was, I would like to think that this man was betting everything on Jesus, even though he didn’t know it was Jesus.
I lack that. I haven’t been very prayerful lately (Woo, sudden pulsing in head, ow) and that is a problem. I forget, leave it up to other people to pray for me, when essentially it is MY problem. Is it the lack of faith? I’m not sure to be honest. If I were truly obedient I guess I would be praying about it constantly. Or is it faith that makes me just leave it up to Him? Even with that faith though, I should be praying constantly, right?
SO! A challenge to myself. Whether it be a long prayer or just a sentence, pray for myself. “God heal me” or “God stop the growth.” And I hope that it would be a sincere prayer of faith. A prayer believing that He will indeed heal, provide, SOMETHING good.
Hopefully, I make a visit to the hospital/student health center soon. HEHE, I’ve been so bad about that. I just wish I wasn’t too lazy. After midterms, I promise. Now that I’ve promised, I can’t go back on it. Someone keep me accountable, please. Call me, text me, bother me till I go.
And strive to not sin. There are even the littlest things. SIN SIN SIN. I don’t want anything worse happening to me, now. Maybe that’s why I’ve been sick this weekend.
OBEY, HAVE FAITH, and PRAY.