A Wonderful Answer and Response

John 5:10-11, “The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.”

In John chapter five we find a group of impotent folks lying near a pool called Bethesda.  The individuals who gathered around the pool waited for an angel to come and trouble the water that they may go into the pool and be healed from “whatsoever disease” they had.  The scriptures teach us about a time when Jesus went up to Jerusalem and came to this pool.  Upon arriving, He began to converse with one of the impotent individuals who was there.  Jesus asked him, who had suffered from an infirmity for 38 years, “Wilt thou be made whole?”  His response to Jesus was, “Sir, I have no man…”  The man who Jesus spoke to apparently could not find help from men when he needed it.  Yet on this day, he talked to the One Who was unlimited in His power to help.

After Jesus made the man whole, the man was confronted by the Jews.  The Jews saw him carrying his bed on the sabbath day and had criticism for his actions.  The Jews said, “it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.”  But the man, who was not breaking the law of God, said “He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.”  What an amazing answer and response to the criticism of the Jews.  The one, who had an infirmity for 38 years, thought if Jesus can make me whole, then whatsoever He tells me to do is the right thing to do.

Dear child of grace, this portion of scripture is very important for us all today.  When we consider the One Who has saved us from our sins and helped us all along life’s way, we should be as Mary in John 2:5, willing to say, “Whatsoever he saith unto you, do it.”  Brothers and sisters in Christ, I pray that we would all be motivated to search the scriptures daily for the commandments which He has given unto us to do.  Amen!

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