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John 5:2-9 says, “Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie–the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?’
‘Sir,’ the invalid replied, ‘I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.’
Then Jesus said to him, ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’ At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.” (NIV)
Did you notice the disabled man talked about the water being stirred? He wanted someone to help him to be first into the pool. He thought healing would come from the water. He was totally oblivious to the power of Jesus, who stood right in front of him. Jesus commanded him to get up and the man was immediately cured.
As you go through the problems and challenges of your life, where do you look for help? Are you oblivious to the help Jesus can give? Put your faith in him!
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