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John 5:1-7 (Impotent man)

1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. 5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? 7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.


Man had been this way 38 years. Jesus asks strange question ‘do you want to be healed?’


‘Of course I do, you’d say.


What was response?


Excuses – v.7


Feeling sorry for self won’t help.


God responds to faith, not tears.


Jesus didn’t allow the man room for self-pity.


His confidence was in angels and bubbles, not in God.


This man needed to stand up on the inside first before he stood up on the outside.


The man was in self pity; self pity feeds on itself and God can’t help you.


Do you really want to be made whole? Then have confidence in God.


Don’t dwell on past failures or defeats. Dwell – meditate on God’s grace and mercy.


Don’t wait for someone also to rescue you.


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