My dearly beloved brothers and sisters in Christ, I greet and bless you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed word that the Lord has given for you today is from the book of John 5:5-6, “Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
There is a pool by the Sheep Gate, called Bethesda in Jerusalem, which means – House of Mercy. This pool possessed a specialty that no other pool in that place possessed. Bethesda was the place where Jesus performed miracles for those people who came for mercy. Those who were unable to be cured by the physicians came there. They would come and wait there to receive a miracle from the God of mercies. An angel of the Lord would descend into the pool and stir the water. All those who were sick surrounded the pool. There were a multitude of people – lame, blind, paralyzed and with different kinds of sickness. Every day, they would be waiting anxiously for the angel of God to descend into the pool. When the angel of God came and stirred the water, whoever got into the water first, was healed from any kind of sickness.
There was a person of infirmity, lying there for 38 years. He was not lame by birth. That man’s disease was because of his sins. If only his legs were fine, he would have run into the pool and would have got healed. Even though he did not have anyone to take him to the pool, he did not give up his faith. God came in search of him despite his sins. There was no one to help that man. He also knew that his sins would be forgiven. He was waiting in that place for 38 years with faith. When Jesus came in search of that man and asked him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man replied, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but when I try to get in, another man gets in before me.”
Jesus moved with compassion towards him. The very next moment, Jesus said, “Get up, take your bed and walk”. And immediately, the man was healed, took up his bed and walked. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him; “See you have been healed. Sin no more, so that worse things may not come upon you”.
My dearly beloved, Jesus came to this Earth for the sinners. God says, “I have come to set them free and make them holy”. God is looking at you and is telling, “I am going to deliver you. After this, make sure that you do not commit any sin and get into trouble”. Are you worried about the disease that you have in your body? The Lord says that He is being merciful to you. He will heal and forgive you of your sins. Be cautious that you sin no more.
God bless you.
Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. I commit my children into Your hands of mercy. If they have been suffering from any disease because of their sins, I pray that You may forgive their sins and deliver them from their disease. Lord, You are a God of mercy. May You be merciful to my children. Bring them out of all their difficulties and may they experience Your faithfulness in their lives. Be with them and bless them. In Jesus name we pray,