Day 26: Stirring Of The Pool Bethesda, John 5: 2-9

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Theme: Stirring of the Pool Bethesda

Scripture : John 5:2-9

Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the

Hebrew tongue Bethesda. Having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of

impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 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. And a certain man was there, which had an

infirmity thirty and eight years. 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?

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.

Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man

was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked!

Points To Ponder

There are some things in your life that you think “I guess I just have to live with

this”… After all, it’s been 38 years… you kind of ARE living with it. Consider the

man in this story. He had to have someone drop him off at the pool every day,

placing him close enough to get in IF the angel appeared and stirred the water.

Can you imagine the family members talking? “Hey, you’re going to have to drop

Grandpa off at the pool today. I have to get to the market early!” Someone had to

do it…every day!

But when Jesus saw the man…look at the question He asked? He didn’t ask “do

you want to be healed?” Nope… Healing is a much easier thing… Jesus asked

“do you want to be whole?”

Whole? Just what does that mean?

Let me give you an example. I am an insurance agent by trade. I educate and

advise people on insurance matters all day long. I teach them a term called

Indemnity. Big word—but what does it mean?

Indemnity means to return someone to the way they were 1 minute before you

touched them?

In insurance, it means placing them back in the condition they were before you

hit them!

If you can apply this analogy to what Jesus said…

Healing is me fixing their car, but…

Whole? That’s me taking you back to the moment BEFORE I ever hit you!

Now—that’s the true miracle!

And so… how about you?

Do you want to be healed?

Or…do you want to be whole?

Whole will revive the “you” that you once were BEFORE life happened!

Being whole is an opportunity to still see life in its purest form—without filters

and pain.

If you notice—the man still got up and walked for the first time in 38 years!

So…he was whole AND healed!

That’s the ticket!

Let’s Pray Together

Lord God…I hear you ask me “do you want to be whole?” and I want you to

“indemnify” my life as only you can do. Take me back to that place in my life

when I saw life as beautiful and full of possibilities. Heal me of the thoughts that

make me doubt that life can be good again. Take away my cynical thoughts that

make me expect the worst in everyone. I want to see life in its beauty as you

made it.

Make me whole again—I trust you to do that for me.

Amen