MUSINGS – July 27 2018


John 5:1-6
Later, Jesus went to Jerusalem for a Jewish festival. Near Sheep Gate in Jerusalem was a pool called Bethesda in Hebrew. It had five porches. Under these porches a large number of sick people–people who were blind, lame, or paralyzed–used to lie. One man, who had been sick for 38 years, was lying there. Jesus saw the man lying there and knew that he had been sick for a long time. So Jesus asked the man, “Would you like to get well?” “

What an odd question for Jesus to ask, “Would you like to get well?” He had been lame for thirty eight years. He had managed to somehow get him to the pool outside the temple. And there he lay, all alone in a crowd, and unable to get into the pool at the right time.

Did he want to get well? Of course he did! He was doing what seemed best to him. But he was pinning his hopes, beliefs, and faith on the wrong thing … Some”magical” waters.

And then along comes Jesus who asks him if he wants to be well. Did he REALLY want to give up the only life he had known for thirty eight years? His identity was based on his infirmity, he was the lame man. He had ready excuses as to why he was as he was; “I’m lame, I’m alone, and others won’t let in.” He was focused on what he couldn’t do. Jesus wanted to know “Do you truly want me to remove your excuses? Do you want to be released?”

We may or may not be lame but we all have our excuses for what we are who and where we are. Jesus wants to know, “Do you really want me to remove your excuses? Because I can, if you’ll let me.”

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*Author unknown. maybe Abraham Lincoln maybe Mark Twain maybe neither one.

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