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Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.” Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk. Now that day was a sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been cured, “It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.” But he answered them, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your mat and walk.’” They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take it up and walk’?” Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had disappeared in the crowd that was there. Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you have been made well! Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse happens to you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. Therefore the Jews started persecuting Jesus, because he was doing such things on the sabbath. But Jesus answered them, “My Father is still working, and I also am working.” For this reason the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because he was not only breaking the sabbath, but was also calling God his own Father, thereby making himself equal to God. (John 5:1-18, NRSV)

Do you want to be made well?

What would you do if Jesus asked you, “Do you want to be made well?”

You see it really isn’t as easy as yes or no. Becuase being made well will change everything this man knew. His whole life was based on being a crippled man with no help. He had to have people giving him care and food, and if he was healed this would stop. Now I’m not saying we need to support people who can and should work with assistance. But we look at that question and say who wouldn’t want to be healed?

And if we are honest with ourselves we probably have something that we could be healed of, but do we want to be?

Would our lives be harder or easier if we were healed? Things are not always black and white.

So what would you say, if Jesus asked you, “Do you want to be made well?”


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The Inescapable God

O that you would kill the wicked, O God, and that the bloodthirsty would depart from me—

those who speak of you maliciously, and lift themselves up against you for evil!

Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord? And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?

I hate them with perfect hatred; I count them my enemies.

Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my thoughts.

See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

(Psalm 139:19-24, NRSV)

Lord, you know me inside and out and have formed me to be your child.

Purge all wickedness and evil from my life and lead me in the way you have for me.

Lead me in the way everlasting.

Help me to follow you.


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“But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.” At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30, NRSV)

What does society want?

If one doesn’t drink or spend time with anyone they give him a hard time. If they drink a little and spend time with people they get a hard time. Neither is what they want…

But are we to do what society wants us to or what God is leading us to do?

Because society would say that Jesus doesn’t give rest to the weary. Becuase Jesus doesn’t make everything magically easy for every believer. And when society hears rest they think easy. But here is the thing with this, Jesus says I will give you rest not take away your concerns or make everything easy.

Take my yoke upon you…

What is a yoke?

Not an egg center!

It is a way to distribute the weight of an item.

It is a way to give some of your stress and concerns to Jesus so you aren’t pulling them on your own.

So Jesus doesn’t make your life easy, but He walks with you to help you carry the load.

So take His yoke and know He is helping you through life!



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Reign Comes

170318I lift up my eyes to the hills—from where will my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. He who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out and your coming in from this time on and forevermore. (Psalm 121, NRSV)

The Lord will be your shelter and shade.

The Lord will protect you from everything that will come for you.

The Lord will be your help and the one who comes to your aid and protection.

The Lord never slumbers or sleeps and will always be there.

Trust He is your help.


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170215And so, brothers and sisters, I could not speak to you as spiritual people, but rather as people of the flesh, as infants in Christ. I fed you with milk, not solid food, for you were not ready for solid food. Even now you are still not ready, for you are still of the flesh. For as long as there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not of the flesh, and behaving according to human inclinations? For when one says, “I belong to Paul,” and another, “I belong to Apollos,” are you not merely human? What then is Apollos? What is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, as the Lord assigned to each. I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth. So neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth. The one who plants and the one who waters have a common purpose, and each will receive wages according to the labor of each. For we are God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building. (1 Corinthians 3:1-9, NRSV)

Paul fed the Corinthians with milk and not solid food because they weren’t ready for that yet. We need to ease into things.

That is why God leaves nothing up to us.

You see even Paul, Apollos, and the rest of the apostles didn’t have control.

One planted, another watered, another fertilized, but God brought the growth.

And that is who all of it is up to, God. We can not make someone grow in faith, we can nurture and instruct and walk along with, but it is God that brings the growth and maturity.

So allow God to work through you and use you to fertilize what others have planted and watered.


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not the righteous but sinners

170125As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth; and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he got up and followed him.  And as he sat at dinner in the house, many tax collectors and sinners came and were sitting with him and his disciples. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard this, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.” (Matthew 9:9-13, NRSV)

Jesus did not come to call the righteous but sinners, for the healthy have no need of a hospital or a doctor.

So then the righteous are those who are already in right with God.

I like to think of it as the righteous are those who think they know what God wants and are doing it and therefore don’t need God. Sinners are those who know they have messed up and know they can’t fix it on their own. They need help.

Until we admit we need help, there is no helping us.

So are you righteous or a sinner?


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