Sunday, May 25, 2008

Walk!

John 5: 1-15

1 After this, a Jewish festival took place, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

2 By the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there is a pool, called Bethesda in Hebrew, which has five colonnades.

3 Within these lay a multitude of the sick—blind, lame, and paralyzed [—waiting for the moving of the water,

4 because an angel would go down into the pool from time to time and stir up the water. Then the first one who got in after the water was stirred up recovered from whatever ailment he had] .

5 One man was there who had been sick for 38 years.

6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew he had already been there a long time, He said to him, "Do you want to get well?"

7 "Sir," the sick man answered, "I don't have a man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I'm coming, someone goes down ahead of me."

8 "Get up," Jesus told him, "pick up your bedroll and walk!"

9 Instantly the man got well, picked up his bedroll, and started to walk.

Now that day was the Sabbath,

10 so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, "This is the Sabbath! It's illegal for you to pick up your bedroll."

11 He replied, "The man who made me well told me, 'Pick up your bedroll and walk.' "

12 "Who is this man who told you, 'Pick up [your bedroll] and walk?' " they asked.

13 But the man who was cured did not know who it was, because Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

14 After this, Jesus found him in the temple complex and said to him, "See, you are well. Do not sin any more, so that something worse doesn't happen to you."

15 The man went and reported to the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

3 comments:

Just Joni said...

Just imagine what it would have been like to witness this first hand...I think about how God answers our prayers and we can feel Him working in our own lives and can often see Him through others, but to see an actual physical miracle materialize would have been spectacular (and scary)...I am so thankful we have such a loving God that He would give us a second chance...full of Grace and Mercy...


Good day to you friend ~
JoNi

Nonnie said...

i have thought so much about witnessing these miracles first hand also, just as joni talked about....and how some even after seeing still did not believe or have faith...

after 38 years being sick...this man didn't argue....he did what he was told...picked up his bedroll and walked.....
faith and obedience....

hope you have a wonderful Sunday,phillis,
kimberly

Annette said...

I agree with Joni and Kim....this is to say, like I commented on one of your blog's this week, faith in prayer, and being true to him, and believeing with all your heart, YOU CAN BE HEALED in the name, I so believe this!! then you give praise and tell everyone about your healing, dont be ashamed...
Give God all the praise & glorey for everything!! Hug's to you always dear friend....Annette

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