Mar 8 John 5:1-17
Acts 16: 9-15
We can be paralyzed by the events of our life…
and disabled to the point that we can’t move.
John 5:7 “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.”
There are times when we feel so helpless that we believe no one can deliver us.
There is a healing pool just waiting for us to take a dip…
and we have plenty of help from Jesus.
Psalm 91:14 Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
The sirens are silent in the hospital zone, but the activity intensifies inside.
After the healing, life begins; but that doesn’t mean it gets easier.
John 5:14 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.”
The paralyzed man in our Scripture waited by the healing pool. Having been paralyzed for 38 years, he had seen many get healed instead of him. What prevented him from being the first one in? Do see signs of a “pity party” in his comments?
There are times when we feel so helpless that we believe no one can deliver us. Where is our trust level in Jesus at times like that? If we love Jesus and believe He is our Savior, why would we not trust?
Jesus asked him if he wanted to be healed, but we don’t hear him give a direct answer. Why would Jesus heal him if the man didn’t ask for it?
What kind of therapy did the man need after Jesus healed him? Why or why not?
Jesus told him to stop sinning. Jesus tells us the same thing. What does this mean? How does our relationship with Jesus impact this? What implications does this have on our everyday life?