1After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
3In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
4For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
5And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
7The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.
8Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
9And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
10The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.
11He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.
12Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?
13And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.
14Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
15The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.
The first verses I want to talk about are the verses that are highlighted above then I will comment some on the others. What I want us to see is Jesus healed the man from his physical condition, told him to take up his bed and walk. The man did so IMMEDIATELY!!! This was a true miracle, no doctor, no medicine, or even time healing wounds but Jesus performed a miracle on this man. The man I presume was so excited about being healed that when he gathered his bed and began to walk he was seperated from Jesus because of the crowed around them both. So this man is now walking along with his bed and then here comes the worldly religious crowed. "It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed." The man looks at them and says pretty much "listen, I hear what you're saying but the guy who healed me told me to take up my bed and walk, so I did like He said". I mean what would you have done if you would've been him? So they began to ask him who it was that healed him, the only problem was he didn't have a clue. Now before you get all "holy" and everything think how many times Jesus has done something for you and you didn't even take a minute to realize it was Him much less give Him thanks for it. Anyway, Jesus was not finished with the man yet! Jesus again finds this man in the temple and aproaches Him, Jesus says " Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. "
So this time Jesus addresses the mans real need, his sin problem, the real handicap that he was born with just like every other person who has ever been on the earth. Jesus deals with the sin, this man walks away a new man. After this meeting with Jesus he has no doubt about who he has just met. He goes to the Jews and tells them it was Jesus who healed him. So what happened? Jesus does heal people, as a matter of fact all TRUE healing comes from Him because all good things come from the Father... James 1:17, (I say true healing because the devil has a lot of people masquerading around pretending to heal people) but the problem is to often we give doctors, medicine, or procedures the credit. Don't get me wrong, I'm not against doctors or anything like that but all they do is provide the right treatment to put us in the best place to recover, God always is the one Who heals. So what point am I trying to make here? When Jesus found the man and dealt with the sin of his heart the man walked away knowing it was Jesus, there was no doubt it was Jesus. That is how it is today, when Jesus lifts the burden of sin off your heart you know it was Jesus and not only do you know it was Jesus you will tell others! Why? Because no one or nothing but Jesus and His precious blood can wash away our sin and make us whole. This man was crippled for 38 years of his life, when he was healed he didn't know who done it and he didn't seem to care to find out, not that he wasn't thankful but when he was confronted about his sin and Jesus dealt with that problem he walked away a different man all together that wasn't just healed physically but spiritually and he KNEW who done it.
The last comment I want to make on this for now is notice how this man laid there for 38 years and the Jews ignored him but as soon as he was doing something they didn't understand they immediatley "cared" to know all his bussiness. Think about that, are you like Christ aproaching those who are hurting physically and crippled spiritually by sin or are you like the "Jews" here who are just content to ignore those type of people until God touches them and uses them in a way that doesn't make sense to you because you are to blinded by tradition and what you think is right? Be careful how you look at people who trusting God enough to live outside YOUR tradition and comfort zone. We are to seek God to give Him glory, if our traditions can do that let us keep them but if we are just doing them because we've always "done it like that" then I believe it's time we repented of vain worship and return to our first Love, Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior the Son of God!!!
Remember if Jesus has called to your heart and told you that you have been "made whole" you will know His name not just in passing but His name will be precious to you.
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