THE MAN AT THE POOL OF BETHESDA
“Here a great number of disabled people used to lie- the blind, the lame, the paralyzed, One who has there been an invalid for thirty-eight years.
When Christ Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?’
‘Sir’, the invalid replied. ‘I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.’
Then Jesus said to him ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’At once the man was cured: he picked his mat and walked……….” JOHN 5:3-9
The man at the pool of Bethesda was there helpless for many years. Imagine a crippled man, struggling to enter the pool for many years. Imagine the hazards of weather conditions. Remember, when it was raining or sunny, he was there.
When it was raining, it was extremely cold. When it was sunny, it was extremely hot and he was always there. He waited for God’s appointed time. At God’s appointed time, he was healed without any personal effort. You will be healed today. You will be free today. You will be delivered today, without any personal effort.
When he was looking for someone to carry him inside the pool, no one appeared. The bible says, each time the angel of God stirred the waters, other people jumped into the pool. The crippled man was there, helplessly looking, listening to the testimonies of other people. He was not discouraged.
If this man had looked on the outside, he could have considered many things. What about the healing he had seen? What about the other people who stepped into the water before him? What about those who were healed but had not been there as long as he had been? He could have said, “I’m going to the native doctor!”. He could have given up. He had nobody to help him into the pool but that was looking on the outside. When you look on the outside of your situation, it becomes bigger than what you can handle, leading to fear, worry and anxiety.
Don’t be influenced by the happenings around you, never give up. if the man at the pool got influenced, he would have given up. However, he maintained his calm for years- under rainfall, sunshine, cold nights, mosquito bites, etc. Can someone who runs after Christ Jesus for selfish reasons keep pressing under these kinds of conditions? The answer is NO! He kept pressing because he saw beyond his travails.
Have you been long awaiting your healing? Have you felt like no one is there for you? The pool was a place were no family or friends would visit. It was not a cool place to hang out. It was filled with people that the city had turned its back to, it was filled with people that society rejected. Can you relate?
You need to believe that when you wait upon the Lord God he will redeem you from any challenge you face. The man at pool believed that if only he could dip himself into the pool, he would be made whole. While waiting by the side of the pool, the bible says, he heard many testimonies.
Many others were healed in his presence. He was there lying with no one to help him but he was not discouraged. He saw many miracles happen to many others but there was one thing he believed in- God’s time.
Today is your encounter with Christ Jesus. Jesus is on his way to you- HE is coming purposely for you. HE is only a moment away.
SAY, “Lord Jesus Christ, Let Your mighty power be released into my body today, in Your holy name”
FOR FURTHER READING
TALK WHAT YOU BELIEVE
WORDS TO MEDITATE ON DAY AND NIGHT (MEDITATION BRINGS BELIEVES)
“For your blessings to stand the test of time, // JOHN5:14
Your belief needs to look beyond the
blessings you receive”
“When you stay in faith in Christ Jesus, // ACTS 26:18