Working on the Sabbath
Tim Temple

Introduction

I am sure that we all know several exciting stories of people who have been marvelously saved from a life of sin—maybe longtime sin and even perversion. It is thrilling to hear those kinds of stories about how God does that, but something that is just as exciting and very often overlooked are the stories of Christians who knew the Lord, but spent years out of fellowship with the Lord, and then God stepped in and brought them back to Himself. Their lives were renewed, revised and changed, and they went on with the Lord in a wonderful way.

That is what is demonstrated in the story that we come to in John, chapter 5. It is the story of a man who was physically alive, but lame to the point of being useless to himself or anybody else. Jesus Christ stepped in, changed his life forever, and made use of him. The chapter falls into two basic parts: first, in verses 1-15, the display of divine power by the Lord Jesus; then in verses 16-47, the discussion of divine principles.

In verses 1-15, Jesus does the miracle of healing a man who had been lame for thirty-eight years. Unfortunately for Him, He did that on the Sabbath day. The man got up and started carrying his bed and talking about Jesus on the Sabbath day. This chapter is very significant and this act of healing is very significant because the persecution of Jesus begins right here. When this all took place on the Sabbath day, the Jews found what they had been looking for—an opening to persecute Jesus. In verse 16, it says that they actually started planning, at that point, to kill Jesus. Though it is early in the book, the persecution of the Lord Jesus is a significant turning point in the book of John, the opposition that He received beginning right here.

Circumstances for a Display of Divine Power

We will be looking at these first fifteen verses, and we will begin by thinking about this display of divine power. The first thing I want us to think about is the setting or the circumstances for the display of this power, in verses 1-5. The first aspect of the things that led up to that display is the location in which it took place, and we find that in verses 1-4. First, the location had to do with Jerusalem. Notice verse 1:

John 5

1After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

In the chapters before this, He had been back in His own home territory, but now He decides to go to Jerusalem. It is interesting to notice why He went to Jerusalem. It was because there was a feast of the Jews. We are not told which feast this was, but it is interesting that the Lord Jesus demonstrates His Jewishness by feeling it necessary to go to Jerusalem. If the disciples went with Him, it is not mentioned. Chances are that they did not go, but that is beside the point. It just talks about Jesus Himself going. All the action and discussion that we find in chapter 5 leaves the disciples out. Maybe they went separately or came later. We don't know, but Jesus goes to Jerusalem and the focus is on Him in this chapter.

This is important because it reminds us that Jesus came into the world of Judaism because He was the King of the Jews, and His message was first to Israel. In Matthew, chapter 23, it is recorded that as He realized the Jews had so thoroughly rejected Him, He sat on a hillside overlooking Jerusalem and He cried out, “Oh, Jerusalem, Jerusalem, how often I would have gathered you as a hen gathers her chicks, and you would not.” He was brokenhearted over His rejection by the Jews.

In Matthew, chapter 5, verse 17, He said, “I did not come to destroy the law, I came to fulfill the law.” Jesus did fulfill the law in terms of all the law pictured. He fulfilled it in terms of bringing the righteousness of the Law to us, and He fulfilled it in terms of obedience to the law, so a part of the setting of this story is the Jewishness of the Lord Jesus and His obedience to the law of God in going to Jerusalem for this particular feast.

Location of the Display of Power

Part of the location of this display of power is in verses 2-4, and that is the pool of Bethesda. Look at verse 2:

John 5

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.

Think about the situation. Jesus was in Jerusalem for this feast, and while He was there, He went to this famous pool. His reason for going to this pool was very secondary to being in Jerusalem. He may have gone during a break in the festivities. Maybe He hadn't seen this pool before in His human body. It was a famous pool, and people came there from all over the place. For whatever reason, He went to see this famous pool of Bethesda. It was a very beautiful pool as you can imagine.

It says, in verse 2, that it had five porches around it. Artists have done renderings of it and maybe you have seen pictures like that. The ones that I have seen have looked like an Olympic-sized swimming pool with these sun-porches around the edges—probably a good rendering of what it looked like. That pool, it says, had been taken over by lame people because of its healing properties.

It says that an angel would go down and stir up the waters, and whoever was first into the pool would be healed of whatever disease he had. This is another of the things that seminary students like to debate about in the coffee shop, and there has been a lot of debate over this through the years. Personally, I think that there are a lot more important things to debate and investigate. There is a discussion about whether this is a statement of fact or just tradition. For example, we know that this pool was built over a natural spring and was filled from below by a spring of water. That was a common thing all around the Middle East in those days. They would build wells and pools near or above a spring.

One theory is that occasionally this spring would have a surge and would stir up the waters as it sent in an extra gush of water. It would create bubbles and the people thought that it had some mystical healing property. The theory is that someone had gotten into the water and had thought he was healed. So one idea is that this was just a tradition and a myth that a lot of people believed.

On the other hand, John reports this as fact—that an angel would come in and stir up the waters. Those who think that this was just a traditional kind of thinking about the pool of Bethesda say that John was just reporting a vernacular of his day and that he was just writing in terms of what people already believed about the pool. However, there is no reason to believe that it was not an angel, and if the Holy Spirit allowed John to write that it was an angel, perhaps it is true. Those are the discussions that are held about this simple statement.

Here is the solution to this problem: It doesn't matter; it is beside the point whether this was really divine healing by means of an angel or just a tradition that the people had adopted. The point is that Jesus stepped into that situation and did something miraculous. Whether what Jesus did was just another healing in a series of healings that had taken place there or whether He did some healing that was the only genuine healing that ever did take place there, what we want to look at is what Jesus did when He got there.

The Lame Man's Hopeless Situation

We are talking about the background for this display, and we have talked about the location. Another part of the circumstances of this display is the lame man who is described in verse 5:

John 5

5And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.

What a poignant verse that is! Think about being lame and helpless for thirty-eight years. Apparently, he had been lying there by that pool all that time. We don't know whether he lived there day and night or whether somebody brought him there in the mornings, left him and came for him at night. That is really not important. We don't want to get too bogged down in the details, but whatever the details were, for thirty-eight years, this man had not been able to navigate. Farther down in the chapter, we will see that he couldn't move fast enough to get into the waters when they were stirred up. He apparently could pull himself over there, but he didn't have anybody to help him get into the waters, so it was a helpless, hopeless situation. For all of these years, he had been hoping to be healed and had not been able to get over there to the water.

Conversation Before the Display

In verses 6-7, we see the conversation before the display. In these verses, Jesus enters the picture, and He holds a conversation with the man. Look at verse 6:

John 5

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.

Notice the compassion of Jesus in the first part of verse 6. Verse 3 tells us that there was a great multitude of sick and lame people around that pool, but Jesus singled this man out for special attention. It tells us, in verse 6, that Jesus already knew that he had been in that condition for a long time. Jesus may have known that because He was God and knew everything, but I think He knew it because somebody told Him. The deity of Jesus was something that He kept under wraps except in special occasions such as this; but in whatever way, He singled out this man because He knew what a hopeless situation he was in, and He had compassion on him.

Another part of the beginning of the conversation is in the last part of verse 6, where we find this question of Jesus. He says:

John 5

6…Wilt thou be made whole?

We would think that the man's automatic answer to that would be “yes.” In fact, it seems like a foolish question. Here is a man lame for thirty-eight years; he is in a place where he might get some healing, and Jesus comes and says, “Do you want to be made well?”

That is not such a foolish question, if you think about what some of us know from our own personal experience. There are some people who have serious problems who don't really want to be healed. There are people who have become so satisfied or so complacent in their situation that they actually have learned to live with it, and they don't want to be healed or don't feel like they need to be. It is probably subconscious, but they feel that way.

There are others who feel that way, but realize that they are better off in that condition, in a sense, because if they were healed, they would suddenly have to start being responsible again. They would have to start being responsible for things that needed to be done and helping people who needed help. They would be held accountable for decisions that they made. In that lame condition, they don't have to face all of that, and there are a lot of people in the world today who are lame, to use the terminology of this chapter, who don't really want to be healed.

Jesus did this healing not just for this man, but for all of us who would read about it for generations to come, and Jesus knew that this man needed to be brought face to face with his situation, but more than that He knew that people who would hear about this and would read about it down through the years needed to be brought face-to-face with their situation.

What I want to do with this passage is to draw our attention to the spiritual healing that needs to take place a lot of times—salvation, but also restoration to fellowship with the Lord. Everyone needs to face the facts about themselves. A person will never get saved until he realizes he is a sinner and needs salvation. People are very skilled at hiding that fact from themselves and convincing themselves that it is not true. Until a person can really look at his own situation and comes to the place where he wants to be healed spiritually, he is not going to be. I believe Jesus asked this question to spark that question spiritually in our minds. Do you want to be healed? Do you want your life to be changed or are you comfortable in your sin?

I am always amused when I think about this kind of thing and remember the plague that was placed on Egypt when Moses was in the process of leading the people out of their slavery, and God brought the plague of frogs. Pharaoh came to Moses and said, “Okay, we have had enough. Do away with the frogs. Call on your God to take the frogs away.” Moses said, “When do you want them out of here?”, and Pharaoh said, “Tomorrow, about this time.”

As I have mentioned to you before, some famous evangelist, whose name I have forgotten, had a sermon about that entitled One More Night with the Frogs . But, you know, there are people like that. They have a sin problem, but they are not ready to give it up. They want to spend one more night with that sin, then one more night and then one more night after that. God has to bring people to the place that they can answer the question, “Do you want to be healed?” That is why Jesus asked the man that question.

No One to Meet the Need

The condition of the man is specified in verse 7:

John 5

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.

Look at what this verse tells us about this man. First, look how lonely he was. He said, “I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up.” He had a real need. He couldn't take care of it himself, and there was nobody around to meet that need.

I wonder about all those godly Pharisees in Jerusalem. Had nobody ever seen this man lying there? Had nobody ever been there at a time the water was stirred up and saw that man struggle to get to the water and didn't do anything about it? I wonder if there are people around us who have no one to put them into the pool. They have a need, and maybe we pass right by and don't do anything about it.

I think this verses says more about the people around this man than it says about the man himself. Where was his family? Where were his neighbors? Why was there no one to put him in the pool? If his condition was that of most of the beggars of that day, the family would take the beggar out and put him on the street as they went to work and come back and pick him up in the evening. This man may have been in the same situation. Why couldn't the person who brought him to the pool put him in the water? It says a lot about the condition of the people around him. Not only that, but he was frustrated. Notice verse 7 again:

John 5

7…while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.

That indicates that he had tried to get into the water many times. This is a condition of repeated circumstance, so here was a man who was able to answer Jesus' question, “Do you want to be made well?” The man answers by telling him what has been happening to him all these years. This man knew that he had a need and that he wanted to be made well.

Let me ask you something. Do you want to be made well? Are you toying with some sin? Maybe it has a grip on you and you know that you should do something about that and make it right with the Lord, but you really don't want to do that. You really don't want to be made well. I'll tell you that you will never be free of that until you come to the place that you recognize that you are helpless and hopeless and there is no one to help you but Jesus Christ. Until you want to be healed, you will not be healed.

Climax of the Display of Power

We have talked about the circumstances of this display and the conversation that Jesus had with this man before the display of His power. In verse 8, we find the climax of the display—the healing itself. Notice verse 8:

John 5

8Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

This is a very simple little statement to be such a profound truth. “Rise, take up your bed, and walk.” When Jesus said that, He not only healed this man, but He provided fodder for thousands of youth director jokes all down through the years. “Rise, take up your bed, and walk.” How many times have we heard that said in a joking way? But this is a very significant thing. In fact, it consists of three parts, and each part has some significance for those who are spiritually sick, those who need salvation, or those Christians who need restoration.

First, He said, “Get up.” For this man to be healed, he had to do something. Jesus said, “Arise.” When Jesus said that, this man had to choose to get up from his helplessness and to take new responsibilities to walk, and that would lead to other things. The first step in salvation and the first step in restoration to fellowship is to decide that you are going to do that. You must make a choice. This is really the meaning of the word repentance , which has been badly misused in our day and probably for the last hundred years. We have the idea that repentance means “to cry and wail and make promises to God and come down to the altar and pray all night,” and all of those kinds of things. But those are just the symptoms of repentance. I don't mean to downplay any of those things. If a person is truly repentant, there probably will be tears. If a person is truly repentant, there probably will be promises to God, but the prayers, the tears and the promises to God are not repentance; they are symptoms of repentance. To repent is to arise, to change your mind about where you are, to change your mind about the direction you are going and to turn around, to get up from there and do something about the situation.

This man had been unable to get up for all those years. Remember, he had never heard this story in Sunday School. Think how strange it must have seemed to this man to hear the words, “Arise. Get up from there and pick up your bed.” Those were things that he had not had to do, and everybody knew that he couldn't do them. No one would have ever had reason to say that to him. At that point, he had to decide whether he was going to pull his legs up underneath him and push with his leg muscles and stand up. He had to make a decision, and it was a decision that, up to that point, had been impossible; but it tells us, in the next verse, that he did that.

The second step is not only get up, but pick up. Jesus said, “Pick up your bed.” This was going to take strength that this man may not have had, but this reminds us of the fact that if we are going to choose to turn from our sin and turn to God, as Paul wrote to the Thessalonians, “Turn to God from idols,” that is going to take some strength. We are going to have to use God's strength to carry on responsibilities and not depend any longer on others to do our work for us.

The third thing that he said was, “Walk.” Thinking about that from the spiritual standpoint, it means “to move on from this place.” It means “to move out from your spiritual inertia and go where God calls you to go.” There are Christians who haven't walked in thirty-eight years. They are believers in Jesus Christ, but they haven't done anything in years. God says, “If you want to be restored spiritually, you have to make a choice. You have to choose to believe that God can make that difference and can deliver you from that bondage that is keeping you lame. You have to get up from there with the strength that God is going to give you and put that thing down that is hindering you. You have to walk in newness of life from that place toward things that God wants you to do.

This man, from a physical standpoint, did all of those things. He got up, picked up his bed, which was just a pallet, and he walked. Remember that this was something that he had not done in nearly forty years. It was an obvious miracle.

The Changed Life

The next thing that we see in this part of the chapter is the changed life because of the display. We talked about the circumstances behind it and the conversation that led up to it, and now, in verses 9-15, it talks about how this changed this man's life from being a paraplegic, who could not do anything. Verse 9 says:

John 5

9And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

That little phrase at the end of verse 9 is going to become much more significant when we get to the second half of the chapter. It is just thrown in there almost unnoticed, but the focus of the part that we want to look at right now is the fact that he was immediately made well and took up his bed and walked. Notice the man didn't experience that wholeness until he obeyed. I am firmly convinced that if that man had said, “I can't do that,” he wouldn't have been healed. He demonstrated his faith by getting up as Jesus told him to, and he was made well because he made the choice to obey Jesus Christ. That is where the wellness and the wholeness come from. That is true in this spiritual model that we are looking at, as well as in the physical model that we have in these verses.

Until you decide that God can deliver you from that thing that is keeping you lame in your Christian life, until you decide that Jesus Christ did pay for your sins and God can forgive you because of Christ's death on the Cross, nothing is ever going to change. That man would have been lying there for whatever years of his life remained if he had not obeyed Jesus Christ and put his feet under him and gotten to his feet, picked up his bed and walked.

With New Power Comes New Pressure

He had new power. He now had power physically to do things that he had not been able to do all those years. Verses 10-12 talk about the fact that along with that new power, there came new pressure. Look at verse 10:

John 5

10The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.

Incidentally, that verse to me is a great irony. Here is a guy who was well-known as one of the town's cripples, and these men were close enough to see this thing happen, and what was their reaction? “Praise God! The power of God is among us. This man can walk. A great miracle has been done.” No! They said, “It's not lawful for you to carry your bed on the Sabbath.” Isn't that ridiculous? That is one of the funniest statements in the Bible. I am reminded of the guy who was supposed to have said, “Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the play?” What a ridiculous observation! “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”

In verse 11, this man handles the pressure beautifully:

John 5

11He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.

He said, “I'm just doing what the Man Who made me well told me to do.” Then notice in verse 12:

John 5

12Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?

Listen! Opposition is inevitable for any active Christian. If you are going to take up your bed and walk, if you are going to come back from that spiritual lameness, if you are going to trust Christ as your Savior and begin to walk with Him, mark it down, you are going to have opposition. The last part of Acts, chapter 14, verse 22, says that we must, through many tribulations, enter the Kingdom of God. Being a part of God's kingdom is having tribulation. The two go hand-in-glove. II Timothy, chapter 3, verse 12, says:

II Timothy 3

12Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

Somebody says, “I don't know about that. I haven't had much persecution.” I would answer that with: What does that tell you about yourself? Of course, in this time in which we live, persecution is probably not going to be physical suffering, but there is something wrong in the life of a Christian who has never been snubbed, who has never been laughed at, who has never been thought strange, who has never had people warned to be careful of him or her because they are a Christian. Those who live godly in Christ Jesus are going to suffer persecution, and it is something that we need to be prepared for and to be aware of.

God allows that persecution because, as He revealed to the Apostle Paul, His strength is made perfect in weakness. We suffer opposition or persecution, if we can call it that, and God allows those things because as the wind makes the trees put down their roots deeper and grow stronger, God knows that many times that very opposition that we receive will make us stronger. His strength is made perfect in our weakness. When we face those times and recognize our weakness, that is when God's strength becomes so important to us.

A Provision for Perspective

He received new power. He received new pressure that he had not had before, but, in verses 13-15, he also receives new provision. The first part of the provision that he received is a provision for perspective. Notice in verse 13:

John 5

13And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place.

Always Jesus had to put up with the multitudes who wanted to see the magic show that He could put on, and Jesus would often withdraw from that. That is apparently what happened here. A lot of people gathered around to see Him heal somebody else or to do some other miraculous thing, so He had to withdraw from that. Notice verse 14:

John 5

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.

There are several things that we need to put together. First, it is interesting to know that he didn't know Who Jesus was. That demonstrates some faith also. Jesus didn't have a halo around His head like the artists seem to think He did. As far as this man knew, this was just another Jewish male who came to the pool of Bethesda that day and told him to get up. That would have taken some faith. Again, I remind you that he hadn't heard this story in Sunday School. He didn't know what was going to happen, but he was willing to give it a try. He had the faith to believe that maybe this stranger could help him, and so he obeyed.

He apparently didn't understand the relationship between his illness and his sin. Sin is not always the reason for illness and difficulty by no means, but sometimes it is, and here is one of the verses that proves that. Apparently, his lameness had some kind of relationship with some sin in his past. It was apparently a discipline from God. Probably this man was already a believer in Jehovah, and God had had to discipline him for some reason. Jesus tells him not to sin again or God will discipline him even further.

Isn't it interesting that he didn't have to know everything in order to be healed? He didn't have to know Who Jesus was. He didn't have to know that he was lame because of some past sin. All that he had to do was believe the message that he heard and act on that message. There is a very important lesson here for those of us who try to witness to other people. There is a real temptation to try to teach somebody everything there is to know about the Bible in order to try to get them saved. We can say way too much in witnessing sometimes. Did you know that? All a person has to do to be saved is to believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. All that he has to know is that he is a sinner and that Christ paid for his sins, and that if he will trust Christ, he will be saved. He does not have to know how many dispensations there are. He does not have to know about the Rapture. He doesn't have to know about the Kingdom of God or the Second Coming. He doesn't have to know whether Jesus is sitting on the throne of David right now or whether He will sit on the throne of David in the future. He doesn't have to know all of that. This man didn't even know what Jesus' name was, but he knew that he was healed. Aren't you glad that we don't have to know everything in order to be saved?

You do not have to know everything to walk with the Lord, either. This man did what Jesus told him to do. He took that first step of obedience and he was healed. If you are concerned about all the things there are to know, or that you don't know as much as other Christians, if you will be faithful to do what you do know, God will see to it that you learn what else you need to know. Jesus sought this man out. He went and found him in the Temple. Apparently, he didn't know Who Jesus was, and he didn't know he was lame because he had sinned; but it seemed to him like the logical thing to do after being healed after thirty-eight years was to go to the temple. That makes sense, doesn't it? He did what he thought was the right thing to do. He obeyed what Jesus told him to do. That is the way God operates. If you and I will be obedient to do what we ought to do, God will take care of what we don't know. There were some more things that this man needed to know, and Jesus took the initiative to tell him what else he needed to know. That is always God's way.

A Provision for Production

He had a new provision for power. He had a new provision for perspective, and he had a new provision for production. Look at verse 15:

John 5

15The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.

The text doesn't record it, but obviously, Jesus gave the man His name. He knew what Jesus looked like, but he didn't know His name, and even though John doesn't record it, obviously Jesus told him what His name was because he went back to the Jews and told them that it was Jesus Who had made him well.

From a human standpoint, it is too bad that he told the Jews Who He was. It would have been better, maybe, if he had kept quiet, but this was all part of the plan of God that led to the ultimate crucifixion of Jesus Christ.

There is an important lesson here, and that is that telling others Who Jesus is grows out of our increased knowledge of Who Jesus is. Jesus told the man Who He was. You and I know Who Jesus is, and we can't really tell others about Him until we know Who He is. That is why He allows us to know more and more about Himself, not just so we can enjoy that relationship. Certainly that is part of it, but He tells us more and more about Himself so we can tell others intelligently about Who He is. That shows the importance of discipleship.

I was reading some things about revival recently. There is a great movement of people who are praying for revival in our country. You probably know that during the last school year, there has been quite a bit of movement of revival or renewal on college campuses around the country. The place that it seems to have gotten started is at Howard Payne University, just down the road from us. Many college campuses around the country, even some of the Ivy League schools, have had real revival among the students. It is reported that the students have spontaneously met in churches and chapels and had meetings of confession and begging for forgiveness from each other and all kinds of spiritual activity, and apparently done decently and in order.

God seems to be moving for revival, and there are Christian leaders who think this may be, as one expressed it, the shot across the bow of the ship warning about revival that is about to come. If you have been praying for revival, take heart because God may be about to bring revival in our country.

Some studies have been done about revivals in the past—there have been other national size revivals in the United States—and church historians, who have studied those revivals, find that one of the factors of those revivals is that when people come to Christ and get saved, or when people get right with the Lord, those who are already walking with the Lord go to great efforts to disciple those people and to teach them more.

If you lead someone to the Lord and you do not make arrangements for that person to be discipled, you are doing him a real disservice. He will be in Heaven, but he may not know much even when he gets there, and he won't be as useful to the Lord. Along with bringing people to Christ is seeing that they get the teaching and the discipling that they need after that point. Jesus did that with this man. Jesus knew that this man didn't know all that he needed to know, and Jesus sought him out and got him that information. We need to be extremely careful as we get acquainted with new believers. If we have the opportunity to be involved with someone coming to the Lord for salvation, if we run across someone who has recently gotten right with the Lord after being away from the Lord, one of our major goals as a church or as individuals should be to see to it that those people find out more of what they need to know so they can then tell others about Jesus.

This whole story shows the compassion of Jesus. He didn't go to Jerusalem to hold healing meetings. He went there in obedience to observe a feast, but while He was there, He demonstrated His great compassion on this individual. I am convinced that Jesus did this miracle partly to give us the principles that we have talked about in this lesson, and He did it partly to make that man a great, obvious witness among the people of Jerusalem. I do not believe, though there are many who do, that Jesus went there that day just to heal. It tells us early in the chapter that there was a great multitude there. As far as we know, Jesus only healed this one man. If Jesus went there to heal that day, He was a failure, because, as far as we know, He just healed this man. If Jesus came into the world to heal people, He was a failure, because even though He healed many people, He left a lot of people sick. His healing was to demonstrate Who He was and the power He had; but because of His great love and compassion, He chose to demonstrate that in ways that would always benefit people.

Conclusion

Do you feel the need for healing spiritually? Are you lame and suffering from an inability to do things spiritually? Jesus is knocking at the door. Revelation, chapter 3, verse 20, says that He is seeking our fellowship. If you are going to be healed of that thing that is binding you and keeping you from serving the Lord and keeping you from being all that you can be as a Christian, all you have to do is to get up from that helpless place where you are. God will give you the power to get up and make a change. His promise is that if you will open the door, He will come in and have fellowship with you, and you with Him.

Certainly that applies to anyone who is unsaved. If you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, all you have to do is reach out to that outstretched offer of salvation and take it as your own. It takes some faith, but God will give you the faith. If you will reach out to Him, He is out there waiting to give Himself to you.


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