Scripture: John 5. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
Jesus had been ministering throughout Galilee, especially in Capernaum. Jesus had went to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews, and he came across a physically-disabled man by a pool. This man had suffered with his condition for thirty-eight years, and Jesus healed him, telling him to pick up his mat and walk. According to the Pharisees, it was unlawful to carry a mat on the Sabbath, for it was considered “work.” Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, but the Pharisees did not believe him; instead, they accused him of blasphemy. Follow along as we continue reading in the New Testament, John 5!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
The lame man had no hope of ever being healed, and Jesus healed him. No matter how “stuck” we feel in our weaknesses, we can always count on God to minister to our deepest needs. Instead of losing all hope, we must view our problems and hardships as opportunities for God to work through us. The man was physically healed from Jesus, but in order to be spiritually healed, he had to ask for forgiveness of his sins. The greatest gift that we could ever receive is God’s gift of forgiveness, and we must be sure to thank Him for sending His son to die for us. We must do our best to live how God wants us to live. We can always ask ourselves the question, “What would Jesus do in this particular situation?” When we accept Jesus as our Savior, that is when our eternal life begins. One day, we will have the joys of living with our Father God for eternity, with no more pain or suffering. When God is content and pleased with us, no other opinion matters. Without God, we are nothing.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of John and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.