John 5:1-16

    There  were a multitude of impotent folk – feeble, sick, weak, blind, waiting by a pool called Bethesda (which means House of Mercy or kindness) seeking healing.  One man in particular had been there with an infirmity for thirty eight years.   By now he was feeble in mind and body.  He was frail and without strength.  Jesus took notice of this man and asked  him a life changing question.  He  asked the man, “Wilt thou be made whole?”  Jesus wanted to know if the man had even considered or desired to become  healed in his body, well in his mind, and sound in true doctrine.  Jesus wanted to know the man’s intentions because He was there to offer him wholeness immediately.  (Jesus may be asking you that question right now!)

    The  man responded by saying, I have no man to help me.  As a matter of fact as I lie at this pool called Bethesda (House of Mercy  or kindness) in mud, mire, shame, disgrace and dishonor man pass by me, step  down before me and seek healing for himself.  So I just lie here stuck in this condition.  After hearing that  pitiful story and seeing the condition this man was in Jesus said to the man, rise, take up your bed, and walk.  Jesus was saying awaken from lying, sitting, obscurity, inactivity, ruin,  disease, death; lift yourself up loose the excuses; and live!  (Do you feel stuck and hopeless today? Jesus is ready to free you so you can live!)

    Only  Jesus, the Son of the Living God could give this man what he really needed. He  was looking to man to give him the healing that only Jesus could give.  Without knowing who Jesus was the man  still accepted the offer of being made whole. Later on Jesus made himself known to the man while they were in the temple.  Jesus told the man in admiration to take a good look at My marvelous work in you.  You are no longer impotent and infirmed but you are whole in your mind, body, and soul.  I did that for you because I am HE who came from God to offer you Hope.  Henceforth, sin no more or a worst  thing will come upon you. (Jesus came to offer you Hope in your hopeless state right now!)

    If  you are in a state of brokenness today and you have waited at the house of mercy  for man to make you whole I offer you a better way – JESUS!   Jesus has the authority to make us whole because HE was wounded for our  transgressions, HE was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace  was upon HIM; and with HIS stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).  Accept HIS finished work on the cross for the ultimate healing – ETERNAL  LIFE!  Meanwhile we can enjoy
wholeness today as we allow Jesus to see HIS marvelous work being manifested in  us for HIS glory! (The decision is yours – Jesus responds according to your response!)



Brenda Wellons Allen
11/04/2013 6:32pm

I love this. TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!!
I keep on reading it again and again......want His Spirit to rein in me forever! !!!!

Minister Berry
11/05/2013 4:51pm

Praise God my sister! I am glad you were blessed by this blog and share it with a friend!

Basketball Mom
11/06/2013 11:04am

I think we have all been at a stage in our life whereas we feel like the man lying at the pool of Bethesda, hopeless. Oh but what hope we having knowing that Jesus can take us at that stage of brokeness and make us whole again. Praise Him! This is truly from the heart of God wanting to rebuild, replenish, and restore us.

05/16/2015 1:11pm

Its absolutely true that "Jesus responds according to your response!"


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