March 26, 2019

 

The Great Physician
Stephen Heleman

Do You Want To Be Healed?

John 5:2-9
2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. 3 In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. 5 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” 7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” 9 And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.

In this story, we find a man who had been lame for a very long time, and was in a desperate situation. Jesus asks him, "Do you want to be healed?" The answer seems like an obvious one, but the lame man didn't answer yes, or even ask for help. Instead, he explained how he was a victim in the situation. While Jesus could have just walked away at this point, he didn't. He told the man, "Get up, take up your bed, and walk." This man, who had no idea who Jesus was, acted on faith. When you are in a desperate situation, will you be a victim, or will you turn to Jesus and act on faith? 

The Day Was The Sabbath

John 5:9-15

9 Now that day was the Sabbath 10 So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” 11 But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’ ” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.

This part of the story takes a different turn. John points out that the day the healing took place was the Sabbath. God's commandment to the Hebrews was to keep the Sabbath holy. Yet, they took the rule so seriously that they missed the real point. The Sabbath is a day to trust God to provide and to focus on who God is and what He wants. Be careful not to focus on the rules so much that you miss the whole point...God. 

Jesus Cares About This World. Make Sure You Care About Eternity.

John 5:14-15
14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.

The interaction between Jesus and the healed man could seem like Jesus is warning him that if he sins, God is waiting to punish him. However, it shows us something deeper and more significant. Jesus healed the man because he truly does care about life here on Earth. He wants us to find joy in this life. But the warning was to remind us that life here on Earth will not last, we need to care about eternity. This life is important, enjoy it, but eternity matters more. Live for eternity.

How Much Do I Want What Jesus Wants?

Pick a part of your life and examine it, bearing these things in mind:

  • What do I want?  - Do I want everything this world has to offer, or do I want everything God has to offer?
  • What is holding me back? - What in this world is making me a better offer than eternal life through Jesus Christ? What is keeping me from giving everything to Him?
  • What is important to me? - What do I value, and how does it compare to eternity? 

True healing from The Great Physician gives us eternal focus. 

Guided Scripture Reading

Join us this week as we read John, chapters 7 - 9.
As you read, think on the words of Paul to Timothy.

2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for corrections, and for training in righteousness, 17 that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work. 

Use the following questions to help you consider how you can apply today's reading to your life.

  • What is God teaching me in today's reading? What is good?
  • What is God reproofing (warning) in today's reading? What is not good?
  • Based upon these, what beliefs or behaviors must I correct?
  • What training will I do this week in obedience to this correction? What does God want me to do differently?

 

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