Jesus Was The Man

Daily God Walk for Tuesday, May 11 2010

  Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda… An angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first…  was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there… he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool  when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. – John 5:2-9

 Of all the sick people who waited around the pool of Bethesda, just waiting for the angel to stir the waters, Jesus chose this one man to heal. We don’t know why, unless it was to point out to us that everyone needs a little help sometime.

We don’t know how long he had waited at the pool, but we do know that his affliction had left him a cripple for the last 38 years. We can also surmise that he had no close relative or friends who would wait with him for the opportunity to help him into the water. He was crippled, alone, and in need of a man to help him.

Jesus was that man. When Jesus came by there was no need to even wait for the angel to come stir the water. Jesus was the man. This poor man who had no friend or relative to help him was found by Jesus.

Many of us have been just like the crippled man who waited, hoping for something to happen, but always being disappointed when the opportunity came because we were unable to take advantage of what was being offered. In fact, many of us have watched others receive the blessing so often when we were so close that we have finally decided that it was never going to work for us.

Then, Jesus came by. We didn’t need an angel now, Jesus was there. We didn’t need another man because Jesus was the man. Hallelujah!

 Principle:  When we need somebody – Jesus is the man.

 Affirmation:  When I needed him Jesus came by.

 Prayer:  Lord, I thank you for being there for me. When I needed you most you were there. Thank you again. Amen.

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