Posts Tagged Bethesda

When you GET UP Stay UP!

I love meditating on the Word because you seem to be able to go deeper and deeper, and each layer you penetrate seems to give up so much more wisdom, freedom and make your life so much simpler.

In the story of the paralysed man at Bethesda (John 5):

 1 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. [4] 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When 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?”

 7 “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.”

 8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

   The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10 and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”

 11 But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ”

 12 So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”

 13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

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

You will see I have highlighted a couple of sentences. I believe they are included for important reasons.

Okay, with Jesus and with His Salvation we can GET UP and be free of our problems and afflictions, but the world at large will not like it. Unsaved people around you will not like the change in you. They may be threatened by the change, envious, they will have to deal with all sorts of emotions. So don’t be surprised or put off when you are newly saved if people around you say “You can’t do that”. And if you are ever not sure just check with the Word, because that is your anchor, the truth that you can rely on.

The second highlighted sentence is the one where Jesus says tells the man to sin no more, or something even worse will happen. This sounds really scary, but in fact I think it should give you strength. I believe Jesus was saying in effect ‘now that you know better, if you now choose to carry on sitting around feeling sorry for yourself you really have no excuse’.

Jesus will get you on your feet, when He does stay on your feet whatever those around you might think, do or say!

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