BIBLE READING|JOHN 5:1-15
1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, [a]Bethesda, having five porches.
3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, [b]paralyzed, [c]waiting for the moving of the water.
4 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.
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?”
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. 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13 But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place.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.
Divine encounter causes a turnaround from despondency to hope. It makes the helpless to receive help.
Today’s text tells the story of a man located in Bethesda, meaning “House of Mercy,” yet for thirty eight years, others had been receiving mercy at his expense, at the stirring of the healing pool by an angel.
Others who were more able would rush into the water before him and were getting healed. The healing pool was surrounded by five porches, the number of grace, but the invalid man was existing in perennial disgrace.
He was a subject of annual ridicule, a confused and frustrated soul. When asked if he wanted to get well, he only gave excuses and his valid reasons for his unfortunate condition, “I have no one to help me.” – vs. 7
What a desperate lamentation and perpetual sorrow! On this day of divine encounter, the man bound by the devil was liberated by Christ. The prisoner of circumstances became a recipient of great compassion.
It can happen to you today.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, I receive divine intervention in all the affairs of my life; I reject negative mind-set, and receive divine lifting in Jesus name.
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