“No More Excuses Please!”

John 5:1-18, Common English Bible

John offers us some insight into an eyewitness report on the restoration of a man who was restored.  The scene is a pool where it was believed an angel appeared stirring up the waters.  And if by chance you could get to the waters, while they were being stirred, you would be restored or healed from your infirmity (your sickness).

Out of hundreds of sick people, Jesus focuses on a man sick for 38 years.  John suggests it was his (sinful) behavior that caused his sickness.  And his unwillingness to break from that sinful behavior that kept him captive for 38 years.  What was he waiting on?  And what are we waiting on to be healed?

Jesus offers a process for healthy and holy living!

Awareness is necessary!
A certain man was there who had been sick for thirty-eight years.  When Jesus saw him lying there, knowing that he had already been there a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”   John 5:5-6

Acknowledgment is preferred!
The sick man answered him, “Sir, I don’t have anyone who can put me in the water when it is stirred up.  When I’m trying to get to it, someone else has gotten in ahead of me.”   John 5:7

Advocacy is offered!
Jesus said to him, “Get up!  Pick up your mat and walk.”  Immediately the man was well, and he picked up his mat and walked.  Now that day was the Sabbath.   John 5:8-9

Activism cancels excuses (sin)!
Later Jesus found him in the temple and said, “See!  You have been made well.  Don’t sin anymore in case something worse happens to you.”   John 5:14

Hear the W.O.W., the Words of Wisdom,
“There are no restrictions to healing!”

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