Gospel – March 24, 2020 – John 5:1-16
There was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Now there is in Jerusalem at the Sheep Gate
a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, with five porticoes.
In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled.
One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.
When Jesus saw him lying there
and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him,
“Do you want to be well?”
The sick man answered him,
“Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool
when the water is stirred up;
while I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me.”
Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.”
Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked.
Now that day was a sabbath.
So the Jews said to the man who was cured,
“It is the sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.”
He answered them, “The man who made me well told me,
‘Take up your mat and walk.’“
They asked him,
“Who is the man who told you, ‘Take it up and walk’?”
The man who was healed did not know who it was,
for Jesus had slipped away, since there was a crowd there.
After this Jesus found him in the temple area and said to him,
“Look, you are well; do not sin any more,
so that nothing worse may happen to you.”
The man went and told the Jews
that Jesus was the one who had made him well.
Therefore, the Jews began to persecute Jesus
because he did this on a sabbath.
Do we even recognize that we are waiting? Waiting to be healed? Waiting for the right person to come and make our lives whole? Waiting for the impetus to come along and finally get us off our mats and walking around in a brand new world? A world of hope – a world of promise.
Do you realize there is so much more you can be doing? In ministry to others. We are crippled in that we think we – ourselves – aren’t able to minister to others. We continue to lay prostrate on the mat and thinking it’s no use. We can’t get into the healing waters. Every time we try someone gets there ahead of us.
We are so quick to give up on our plans, our dreams and our future because someone got to the waters before us.
Do we want to be healed?
If so, get up and take your mat and walk.
At least that’s what I heard Him say…