Food For Thought · John 5:1-15 · Scripture · Sin Issues

Food For Thought – May 2, 2014

After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.

Now that day was the Sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’ They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, forJesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. (John 5:1-15ESV)

Chew On This

  • Who do you identify with most?
    • The sick man
      • Before he was healed or after?
    • The bystanders
      • What are your thoughts about the interaction?
    • The Jews who confronted the now healed man
      • What are you more concerned about pleasing God or man?
  • If you have been struggling with a habitual sin:
    • Do you believe Jesus when He tells you that you are or can be healed?
    • What is holding you back from living a life completely surrendered to Christ?
  • Have you been freed from bondage to a particular sin but find yourself giving in to the same temptations?
    • Please heed the words of our Lord and stop sinning.
      • Humble yourself and find a trustworthy accountability partner.
      • Make a battleplan for when temptations WILL come.
      • Get in the Word and feast to your heart’s content.
  • Have you shared Christ with anyone lately?
    • Acts 4:12 – Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved (NKJV)
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