By Arla, Jul 17 2019 01:00AM
The healed man might have sabotaged his chance for healing. He might have recited all the reasons why he believed he was doomed. Jesus hadn't offered help. He just told him to get up and walk.
But the man sets his will to do what Jesus says, and new life surges as he acts on Jesus' words.
Take this in if you're longing for healing. Don't wait to feel it, act on Jesus' words to you--His promises in scripture coming alive to you. Set your will to follow His instructions and His power will flow through you. He longs to heal you every bit as much as any at Bethesda, but you have to cooperate.
The healed man bent to pick up his bed (a rug and a blanket) and straightens up in delight, only to see that Jesus is lost in the crowd. He's afraid that he won't recognize his healer again, but he leaves, elated.
Soon he meets some Pharisees, and shares his joy with them. He can't understand their cold attitude. They even interrupt him,
"It's against the law to carry your bed on the Sabbath." (They had made two-hundred-plus rules to control Sabbath activity.)
Healed on the Sabbath? That's strange, I forgot it was Sabbath, he thinks. But he hadn't asked for healing, and feels no condemnation at doing what Jesus had commanded. "The man who healed me told me to," he asserts.
"Who healed you?" They know, but want evidence to accuse Jesus.
He doesn't know. "I don't know who he is, but he had the kindest face!"