Evangelist Steve Rundu
John 5:1-5, 5-8
5:1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.5:2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.5:3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.5:4 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.5:5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
5:6 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?5:7 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.5:8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
Jesus stopped by the pool of sinners because it was sinners who would sit by the pool waiting for the angel to trouble the waters and get inside to be healed.
The ill man by the pool complained to Jesus that he had been there for 38 years at the pool of mercy but had not received any mercy.
We have been in certain conditions for too long, that we have become so comfortable in that situation.
1. The man has been at the pool of mercy for 38 years, even when he would have lost hope, he was still at the pool.
2. Jesus asked the man if he would like to be made whole. The sick man told Jesus that he tried to get into the pool, but there is always someone before him into the pool.
Jesus' desire is to make us whole when we want to become.
3. Jesus cannot tell you to go if He does not enable you to go. His biddings always have His enabling.
If you receive the word of God, you receive the Kinesis, to move because of the power of God in action. Jesus is God's power in action.
When we receive Christ as the bread of life, we receive the power of God in us, to do all He wants us to do.
Psalms 27:4 One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple.
Numbers 23:19 God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man, that he should repent: hath he said, and shall he not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not make it good?