Take up your bed…




 Using the old King James Version today, which I never do, but this has a verse left out of newer translations that, without it, this really doesn’t make sense.  It really doesn’t make with it either, until we come to understand the the subject of the story is not really the subject.  
After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.   It doesn’t say which festival.  Most likely it is the Passover festival, tens of thousands of people making the trek to Jerusalem to meet God.  And God Himself is making the trip right along with them…

In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.    So we see the picture.  Crowds of people coming to Jerusalem, and we’re at thus pool next to what had to be a very busy sheep market.  And by this pool, we see many of the sick, the lame, blind, and many other ailments.  The second part here is why I’m using KJV for this – it tells us the WHY as to what the sick people are doing around this pool.  For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.  This was a miracle pool.   When the angel came and stirred the waters, someone would be healed!!  We learned later that there is an underground spring that caused the bubbling of the waters, but I think that’s irrelevant.  Or maybe it’s not.  Whatever was bringing these bubbles, the people believed.  And people were healed.  If people were not healed, then they would stop coming.  Word would have gotten out – “Hey, little Jimmy got in the water, he’s still blind.”  But they keep coming.  So, for whatever reason, this pool was a healing pool.  

And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?   So, we see the subject of the story.  Only he’s not the subject at all.  I’m just going to let you know – this man is us.  He is me.   I know, you’re not crippled, lame, lying next to a pool for 38 years, unable to even scramble in for the free healing available there.  And I know I’m not either.

The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.   No one will help him into the water.  Lying there for most of a lifetime, waiting for salvation, with no one to help.  

So let’s come back to how I am this man by the pool.  How you are this man by the pool.  “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” Hebrews‬ ‭12:14‬ ‭NIV‬‬.  Without holiness no one will see the Lord.  Another translation says – “…for those who are not holy will not see the Lord.” Hebrews‬ ‭12:14‬ ‭NLT‬‬.  Here’s the problem – only the holy will see God.  Heaven is a perfect place, perfection is required to enter.  Not “good enough”.  Not “better than them”.  Not “trying hard”.  Perfection.  It’s a high standard, set by God.  “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew‬ ‭5:48‬ ‭ESV‬‬
That’s why we are this invalid, paralyzed and trapped.
Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.”  This guy did not come to Jesus.  He did not ask.  Jesus just DID.  Healed him, right on the spot.  Just like he does with us. Yes…we might come to Jesus, ask for healing and forgiveness, but the work is all His.  “And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.” Colossians‬ ‭2:13-15‬ ‭ESV‬.  We may ask Him.  We do receive by faith.  But there is nothing we can do for ourselves.  We can’t be good enough.  We can’t try hard enough.  We can’t work for it.  We can’t earn it.  We can only, just like this invalid at the pool, follow the command given – And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked.   We are this invalid.  So let’s be this invalid.  Take up your bed and walk!!

“After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.”
‭‭John‬ ‭5:1-9‬ ‭KJV‬‬
http://bible.com/1/jhn.5.1-9.kjv

 

John Lewis

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