DAY 15

March 17, 2017


Before we read our passage today, I need to set it up:


Jesus goes into Jerusalem and sees a paralyzed man sitting near the pool of Bethesda. Jesus asks the man if he wants to be healed. The man says yes in round about way. Then Jesus tells the man to pick up his mat and walk...and He leaves. He leaves without even seeing the man get up and take his first steps after being paralyzed.



John 5 

14 Later Jesus found him [the paralyzed man] at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” 

15 The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well. 

16 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him. 17 In his defense Jesus said to them, “My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I too am working.”

18 For this reason they tried all the more to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.


The first thing I don't want you to miss is that Jesus healed the man on the street and then saw him at the temple! I love that! I think that we separate ministry, healing, God's work from "the street," from the real world. We think that in order for someone to experience the move of God it needs to be in church. We may not pray for a friend at work because it's awkward--it's more "appropriate" at church. We may not hold worship services in our living room, because that's not the "right place." We may not tell a friend or acquaintance about the Gospel at the game because we want to respect their personal preferences and not bother them when they are trying to have a good time. I'd like to point out that everywhere is the right place for ministry to take place. People are lost, hurting, and broken all around you. Ask them if they want healing and pray right then and there!


The second thing is how sin does have an effect in our lives. We don't really know the background story on that paralyzed man. We don't know what led him to be a paralytic. He might've been living a life of sin before which led to that state.

{Remember the woman at the well?}

The wrong thing for us to think here is that Jesus is threatening the man. The lesson Jesus is trying to teach is live a holy life. If you think being paralyzed was bad, you don't want to experience death and hell. 


Romans 6:23 

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


Lastly, Jesus says one of the most comforting phrases in all of Scripture:

"My Father is always at work...and so am I."


How comforting is it to know that God never takes a day off from creating, saving, healing, comforting, empowering, equipping, praying, transforming, and many more things that are "his work"?


And this God is YOUR Father. 

And this Jesus is YOUR Savior.

And they never cease to work!



Forgive me Lord... for the days you asked me if I wanted healing but I was so focused on my pain that I never even heard your voice.


Forgive me Lord... for the sin that has kept me from experiencing your healing, hearing your voice, and feeling your embrace.


Deliver me oh Lord... from my flesh that pulls me back to sin and my mind that convinces me that it's ok.


Make me clean. Make me whole. 


In Christ's name. Amen!



Psalm 121

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
    where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
    the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—
    he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
    will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The Lord watches over you—
    the Lord is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
    nor the moon by night.

7 The Lord will keep you from all harm—
    he will watch over your life;
8 the Lord will watch over your coming and going
    both now and forevermore.

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