Summary: What are the problems we are facing today? Maybe for years we are praying about it. The problem has become a part of our life and we have the same life routine everyday. We have the same lifestyle where there is no peace, the same sickness haunt us every
Healing at the Pool
Scripture Reference: John 5: 1-5
Introduction: What are the problems we are facing today? Maybe for years we are praying about it. The problem has become a part of our life and we have the same life routine everyday. We have the same lifestyle where there is no peace, the same sickness haunt us every day and the same circumstances. We need a change. Many of you are crying for a change this today. Lord, maybe I could change this; change that in my life etc..
Have you ever thought of a change from your present situation? We all know it is very hard for us to change even though it may bring good results for us. Ask a drunkard, does he not know that change will make him better, does he not know that stopping drinking will prolong his life and give him good health. Yes, he knows it, yet he continues in his own ways. Yes, brothers and sisters change is very hard to achieve. I think we all recognize within ourselves the need for change. Yet we also recognized that the change we need is often hard to achieve
Do you want a change today? Sir Isaac Newton’s “First Law of Motion” states “Everything continues in a state of rest unless it is compelled to change by forces impressed upon it!” You cannot change without the Power of God i.e., the Holy Spirit. Today God can change you by the external force i.e., the Holy Spirit.
This morning I want to preach about a person who was changed after an encounter with Jesus.
Read John 5:1-5
The scene is Jesus is at Jerusalem. He is here to celebrate the feast of the Jews. The Bible says he entered through the Sheep Gate. This gate was used to bring the sheep to the temple for sacrifice. Once inside Jesus comes to the pool of Bethesda. Lying around the pool are the poor, sick, blind, lame, and paralyzed people. Everyone has a deformity. Everyone needs a change. It is said that on occasions an angel of the Lord stirred the water and whoever gets in the pool first would be healed. Everything lying there is waiting for their turn. There was a man who was waiting for 38 years. He was paralyzed, waiting for his turn. Probably he was thinking in his heart that someone overtaking me, when will my turn come? That was the day for that man. Jesus changed him that day.
Now let us go a little deep into how we too can experience such a change.
1. We have to decide if we need a change.
Jesus asked him, “"Do you want to get well?" In other words Jesus asked, “Do you want a change in your condition?” He was paralyzed for 38 years. We may feel Jesus is asking a silly question to this man. The fact is Jesus never asks silly questions. Firstly, the man had to decide himself if he wanted to change. You have to decide if you want a change in your life.
Romans 12:22 Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.
We have to renew our mind. Change has to first originate from our mind. We have to decide if we want to change.
Now listen. It is possible that this man did not want a change. For 38 long years he was paralyzed. He was daily sitting by the pool, probably begged for his living, and someone gave him money and food. If healed he will lose his shelter, food, money etc. He will have to look for a new job. He will lose all present securities. He may lose his present friends also. If healed he would have to work and enjoy life but that involves a lot of risks. For 38 years he accepted this condition. He was happy with his condition because in his mind he had accepted his condition as the final for his. Therefore, Jesus asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
If we want a change we have to decide about it.
2. Stop making excuses.
He did not answer Jesus’ question. He does not say he wants to be healed. He just complains about his condition. Many times we have only compliant about others. This man tells how unfortunate he is. He has a lot of trouble, a lot of complaint.
Today you may be complaining about your spouse, children, lost opportunities, friends etc., for your condition. You may be thinking they are overtaking me, when will I have my turn. Let us stop complaining about others and stop giving excuses to God. God is bring about a change in you.