“The greatest test of faith is when you don’t get what you want, but still appreciate what you have.”
Waiting on God to move is the smartest move you’ll ever make!”
In the Book of John, we learn about the power of desire. Here Jesus shows us He’s willing to do the work, if we want his blessing bad enough.
I love where this particular miracle takes place, because the environment is perfect for showcasing miracles.
The scene…. as best as I can imagine, based on how it’s described in the bible….would be hard on the eyes, as well as heart-wrenching.
Just picture yourself stumbling upon a place where scores of crippled, lame and sick people lay helpless, within a rocks throw of healing waters. To the dismay of many, they have been unsuccessful at actually getting in.
Jesus notices a man who had been sick 38 years. The following scriptures tell a poignant story, in the words of Jesus, in a convicting manner that only He can.
The Healing at the Pool
1 Later on, there was another festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2 Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem is a pool called Bethesda in Hebrew. It has five colonnades,
3 and under these a large number of sick people were lying—blind, lame, or paralyzed—waiting for the movement of the water.
4 At certain times an angel of the Lord would go down into the pool and stir up the water, and whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was healed of whatever disease he had.
5 One particular man was there who had been ill for 38 years.
6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I don’t have anyone to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up. While I’m trying to get there, someone else steps down ahead of me.”
8 Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”
9 The man immediately became well, and he picked up his mat and started walking. Now that day was a Sabbath.
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