“Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, waiting for the moving of the waters; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.] A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, ‘Do you wish to get well?’ 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.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.’ Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk’” (John 5:2-9, NASB).
Those who sat at the pool waited for an angel to stir the waters. They were waiting for one thing, but they were not watching for the Savior, the Healer. Jesus stood among them and yet not one cried out for healing, not one person reached out to touch hem of His robe. Not one asked for His mercy. Had they become so isolated they didn’t know about Jesus or were they so without hope they didn’t even try? I wonder had these people become a band of brothers — the sick sitting with the sick, without hope, uncomfortably comfortable in their discomfort?
Please don’t make what happened to you, the tragedy in your life, the illness in your life, the loss in your life, become bigger than the Savior in your life.
Jesus the One who said, “The Spirit of the Lord [is] upon Me, because He has anointed Me [the Anointed One, the Messiah] to preach the good news (the Gospel) to the poor; He has sent Me to announce release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to send forth as delivered those who are oppressed [who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity]” (Luke 4:18, AMPC).
Are you waiting? Please don’t miss watching for the Savior.
Jesus is waiting for you. He sees you, He knows your need, He knows your brokenness, He knows what troubles your mind and your body. Jesus is the One who was tempted in every way but never sinned, the One who suffered for you, who died on the cross for you, who rose from the grave to conquer sin and death. He knows your temptations, He knows your frailties, He understands your pain. Jesus is the One who reaches out with a nail-scarred hand to those who are downtrodden, bruised, crushed, and broken down by calamity and asks, “Do you wish to get well?”
Jesus, I’ve been waiting. “I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than the watchmen for the morning; Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning” (Psalm 130:5-6, NASB).
Thank You that nothing is impossible for you. Nothing in my life is beyond Your healing touch. Nothing I face, nothing I have faced in the past, nothing that will come in the future is too big for You. “Heal me, O Lord, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for You are my praise” (Jeremiah 17:14, NASB).
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