Monday, October 10, 2016

The Pool of Bethsaida (John 5:1-15)

Jesus comes into Jerusalem on a feast day. He finds a lame man by the pool of Bethsaida (Bethesda). He is unable to get to the pool on his own. Others always beat him to it when the water is stirred up. Jesus has compassion on him and heals him. He later tells him when he sees him at the temple to sin no more so that nothing worse happens to you. He is just a random man who Jesus runs into. In an instant, this man who was lame for 38 years, is able to walk. He did this on the Sabbath.

Lord help me to have compassion on those who are not able to take care of themselves. Help me not to be focused just on healing the pains and struggles of this life, but to remind people that something much worse will happen if they do not turn from their sins. I know these things, but Lord help me to live this out.

Presently I am leading a group through a discipleship class at church called "A Call to Joy" and leading the adult Sunday school class through a transition to be more missionally focused.

Father, help me to reach these people that they might be renewed with purpose and passion for your name. You are able to make lame men walk. You are able to revive churches.

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