What seemingly impossible thing is God asking you to do today?
This man’s situation appeared to be hopeless and that’s when Jesus showed up on the scene and healed the man by the power of His spoken word.
Jesus can do the same for you!
Could it be that God is saying to you, trust me to empower you and get up and do the work I’ve prepared for you? Carry your responsibilities with joy and go tell others what I have done for you?
Well, in verse 9 we are told that the day on which this took place was a Sabbath. So the Jews said to the healed man, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.” And the man who had been healed responded to the Jews’ accusation by telling them that the man who had made him well had commanded him to pick up his mat and walk.
Instead of praising God and rejoicing with the man, these Pharisees immediately demanded to know who had healed him. But the man had no idea who Jesus was. Jesus had slipped away into the crowd.
Later, Jesus found the man at the temple and warned him, saying, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” Jesus desired for this man to be whole in every way, not just physically. So He again sought the man out. But this time it was not to heal his ailing body, it was to warn the man about sinning against God.
Jesus had cured the man physically, yet the man needed to know the deeper truth. Jesus wanted to heal him of his spiritual sins also. He warned the man of the danger and the consequences of indulging in his sinful habits.
We too are made whole and can live an entirely new life with new habits. Then we can please God in every way.
Once we profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior we must leave our old life. We must live our new life in light of His truths found in His Word.
We must study and read the Bible and then live by its instructions. If we don’t, we may live with the consequences of our disobedience or even suffer an early death as a result.
You see, once we are God’s He will do whatever it takes to keep us out of the enemy’s snares even if that means taking our lives in order to do so. Ephesians 1:4 tells us that we were chosen in Christ “before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.”
“As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath. But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive in Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.”
In light of His grace, we can put off the old and put on the new.
“As in other matters, brothers and sisters, we instructed you how to live in order to please God, as in fact you are living. Now we ask you and urge you in the Lord Jesus to do this more and more… (v.3) It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality; that each of you should learn to control your own body in a way that is holy and honorable, not in passionate lust like the pagans, who do not know God… The Lord will punish all those who commit such sins, as we told you and warned you before. For God did not call us to be impure, but to live a holy life.”
What sin do you need to openly confess before Jesus to receive His gift of restoration and healing? Will you do just as this man who had been made whole by Jesus and go tell others about Him?
It was Jesus who sought out this hopeless man and awakened in him a desire for wholeness.
Has He awakened you to desire to be set free from the chains of sin and to be personally whole? Won’t you respond by saying, “Jesus here I am, a sinner; set me free”? The scriptures teach that when you call on Him in this way, the Son will indeed set you free!
And then will you allow the Lord to move you to help those who are lonely, helpless, and suffering? Will you offer the healing power found in Christ Jesus to them?