Jesus Heals a Lame Man John 5:1-15
3- The man had been disabled for thirty-eight years.
Jesus asked the men, “Would you like to get well?”
He answered, “I can’t, sir,”
“I don’t have anybody to put me in the pool. I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”
He felt discouraged, hopeless, alone, dependent and pitiful.
4- a. Jesus’ instructed the man to do the impossible—
Pick up your mat.
b. Spiritual health
While pondering this question, a light suddenly came on.
I deal with my own version of paralysis. I begin almost every day feeling immobilized—wondering how I can do all that is on my plate. What interruptions, distractions, or emergencies will come along today?
A young man prayed for me at a conference this summer. He said, “I see you sitting on your bed with your face in your hands saying, “I can’t do it!”
Yep, that pretty much sums it up.
A few moments ago, I suddenly thought of this verse—
You light a lamp for me.
The Lord, my God, lights up my darkness.
In your strength, I can crush an army;
with my God, I can scale any wall. Psalm 18:28-29 NLT
So, a better question is, “what am I waiting for?” Get up and do what I thought I could not do. and needed someone else to help me or do it for me. With my God, I can run through a troop and leap over a wall!
Get up and do what I thought I could not do. and needed someone else to help me or do it for me. With my God, I can run through a troop and leap over a wall!
Don’t look for someone to rescue me or do it for me.
“In your strength, I can crush an army; with my God, I can scale any wall. ” So be it!
5- A little later Jesus found him in the Temple.
For thirty-eight years, the law prohibited this man from entering the temple.
When Jesus found him, He said, “You look wonderful! You’re well! Don’t return to a sinning life or something worse might happen.” MSG
The reason sin is still damaging to us as New Testament believers is that it looses Satan to work in our lives. We’re giving the devil a foothold. (Ephesians 4:27)
Sin is no longer your master, for you no longer live under the requirements of the law. Instead, you live under the freedom of God’s grace.
Well then, since God’s grace has set us free from the law, does that mean we can go on sinning? Of course not! Don’t you realize that you become the slave of whatever you choose to obey? You can be a slave to sin, which leads to death, or you can choose to obey God, which leads to righteous living. Romans 6:14-16
MY answers — not THE answers — to BSF study questions on John Lesson 7 Day 2 Study of John 5:1-15