Today’s Bible reading is John chapter 5
(Read the entire New Testament in 2014 by reading only one chapter each day)
The pool of Bethesda was a popular gathering place for people with serious health struggles. It was there Jesus encountered a man who had been paralyzed for thirty eight years. Jesus saw him in that condition and He asked him, “Do you want to be made well?” It was an unusual question but when you stop and think about it there are some people who want to be sick. Jesus makes people whole, but are you tired of being sick and willing to seek God’s touch? This miracle was given to show that what Jesus did in the physical He can also do in the spiritual. The paralyzed man was not able to help himself because of his condition. Sin crippled us too but Jesus is willing to take away our sin and impute His own goodness to us. We are saved only by God’s grace not because of anything we have done.
Prayer: “Dear Father, we rejoice that You came to us in our time of greatest need. Thank You for showing us that salvation is through Christ alone. In Jesus name. Amen.”
Randy J. McPheron