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Lesson # John 5:6-9
Study Material - John 5:6-9
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6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, 'Do you wish to get well?' 7 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.' 8 Jesus said to him, 'Arise, take up your pallet, and walk.' 9 And immediately the man became well, and took up his pallet and began to walk.
Jesus knew the situation of the ill man. This combined with the question He asks of the man indicates to us that the question applies to others near the pond. Remember that there were many near the pond waiting for the magic waters to move and thereby secure their healing powers.
'Do you want to get well?', seems like a silly question, but then there are many people who do not want to get well. They use their illness, or sometimes imagined illness, to secure their excuse for not living a normal life. This means being held accountable in life. That can be a terrifying thing for some.
In a normal life we have to make decisions. We have to be responsible. Some like their ill condition and wish it to really continue indefinitely so that they can have the sympathy or attention of others, so they can continue to be idle either in their life, or just idle in their thinking. Their perception is that others feel sorry for them and that somehow is a comfort for them. It is all an illusion.
We have already seen Jesus' pattern for helping all, and refusing His help to none. The implication here is that those who wished help, received it. Those who did not wish it, did not receive it. God does not force anything on anyone. But all can see the results of His work and those who reject Him, do so with their eyes wide open.
The man had been there for most all his life. He had waited for that magic moment and he depended n the world to rescue him. What has happened? The world has sent him to a pond with no real power. He is there without friends. When the water stirs (real or imagined), then others get to it first, thus his infirmity is maintained and an excuse for it is secure.
Jesus speaks but a word and the man is healed. He has been waiting all his life and received nothing. He turns to Christ and receives more than he could ever imagine.
The healing is total and complete and immediate. There is no slow recovery period, no physical therapy required. The muscles are in perfect tune, not turned to mush as you would expect from over 30 years of no use.
The pond is a picture of life without God. No one to help. No real help. No friends. The jungle is always squeezing you out of the better things in life, but then those better things from the jungle are only an illusion. They are never real.
What can we expect from a lifetime of either success or failure in the jungle (life without God)? Nothing. No matter what you acquire or attain in life, in the end of your life, you will have nothing. Your life is predominantly lived in eternity. The few years we spend on this earth (1 year or 100 years) are nothing when compared to the billions and trillions of years we will spend in eternity. The only thing that you will take with you into eternity is your soul and the content therein. Your assets will fade into nothingness.
Infirmities of the body mean nothing as well. One day we will dump this body and trade it in for something better. So today we have the opportunity to live our lives and grow up in our spiritual life and exercise our faith as we were meant to. I know, a preposition at the end. Just think of it as a test of your faith for building character.
We can turn anytime to the fountain of illusion. It is the easy way out. But a far better way to pursue life is to study our Bibles daily. Believe it or not, that is far easier than the illusion path. A lot of people work harder at not working, than they would otherwise. Bible doctrine really is not work, because God does all the work. Think about that!
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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