On my morning devotion, I continued to read the Gospel of John. While reading John 5, the encounter of the crippled man and the Lord Jesus by the pool which is called Bethesda, an inspiration came to me. So, I opened my journal and wrote.
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Lately, I’ve had opportunities to share the Gospel to family and friends, some are working beyond the seas. They came to me with their heavy burdens, each one has his/her own story of hardships as each try to forge on through life. One cried, strong shoulders shaking, tears streaming as he expressed how hard life has been.
Others tell me about not knowing what to do anymore, like they might be losing their minds. Fears grip their hearts and they have become unproductive. Another feels like she has reached the end of the road as far as solution to her heartbreaking problem is concerned.
In all these, I only know of One Savior, Deliverer, and Healer. And He is what I tell them about. He is what I give. The Lord Jesus Christ.
In John 5, the Lord knew that the crippled man had been in that case for 38 years. In the same way, He knows each of our situations, our problems, our diseases. The impotent man of 38 years was physically disabled, but “disability” can come in different ways. People can be “crippled” by addictions, fears, mental problems, utter poverty (not only materially but spiritually), idolatry (not only to impotent gods but by worldly things they adore and worship), and many others that keep people in bondage. But the sad part is, most of these people don’t realize or acknowledge their “disability”.
They cling to false hope. For after they have heard the Word of the Lord, how He is offering His salvation and deliverance and inviting them to a life in His love and presence, they instinctively recoil. You can see the sudden change in their expression and in the tone of their voice. They become defensive. They invariably put up an invisible wall. They will try to explain what’s really ailing them.
When the Lord asked the crippled man at the pool, “Wilt thou be made whole?” (John 5:6), the man answered not “Yes, Lord!” but instead, explained that there was nobody to bring him to the pool. For the sick people’s belief was that, an angel comes at certain times to stir the water and whoever was first to get into the water was healed. He explained further that, when the water was stirred, while he was trying to get into it, another one would come before him. That was what he knew that would bring healing to his diseased body. He didn’t know yet who was talking to him.
The impotent man was looking for hope of healing in the troubled water. Just like him, the people I’ve been sharing the Gospel with try to look for their hopes and expectations elsewhere. They begin to reason —-
“If only this annulment case were solved, I would be happy. I would have the happy family I’ve always wanted!”
“If only I could get work soon, then all these financial problems will go away. If only this diabetes would relent, we would not be too hard up.”
“If only I had help around the house, I would not be too stressed and would regain strength. If only there were someone to help me with the kids and I got work, all these depression and panic attacks would not be here.”
I can see that their only hope and deliverance is the Lord Jesus Christ. He had pity upon the crippled man in front of Him at Bethesda, He will always have compassion on each one of us including the people I’ve had the opportunity to evangelize. For “Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever” (Heb. 13:8). When the Lord ordered the crippled man to take up his bed and walk, he did so without doubt or hesitation. He believed and he was instantly healed!
It brings heaviness upon my heart when I think that those people would do their best to avoid the path of salvation. To avoid the Lord Jesus Christ as their only hope and solution to their difficult problems. Maybe for them, it is easy to hope on things they can see and feel rather than surrendering everything to the One who has all the power to turn their lives around.
Maybe they are thinking that following Christ is harder than looking for solutions to their problems from people and things this world can offer, not knowing that all the things we can see are just temporary, but what the Lord Jesus’ offers is eternal.
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