1. Welcome my listening friends.
2. We have been going through a series of messages from the Gospel of John.
3. We are focusing specifically of the seven signs of miracles from the gospel of John.
4. And we have looked at two already
5. And today we are going to look at the third miracles
6. Jesus walked up to a man who was paralyzed for 38 years and asked him an unlikely question;
7. “Do you want to be made whole?”
8. On the surface it appears to be a strange question to ask this man.
9. For 38 years he was sitting by the water springs believing that the water would heal him.
10. Let us read this passage from the scripture from the gospel of John
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?"
(John 5:2‑6 NIV)
11. Now let me repeat.
12. On the surface it appears unusual to ask a man who has waited for so long to be healed... "Do you want to be made whole?"
13. I have met many people who are emotionally paralyzed and they can’t get well.
14. I have met many people who are spiritually infirm and they can’t get well.
15. I have come to understand the deeper meaning of Jesus' question.
16. There are some people who don’t want to be made well.
17. They have lost all hope.
18. Jesus obviously perceived the loss of hope in this man.
19. This man had waited for so long to be made whole... that he had lost hope.
20. This man's paralysis was more in his mind and soul than in his body.
21. This man's infirmity was in his will... as much as it was in his limbs.
22. There are many people who don't want to be healed.
23. They get to the point of enjoying their infirmities.
24. They enjoy their depression and enjoy their complaining.
25. They enjoy their problems and all of the sympathy receive.
26. Why are there so many people walking around like half dead?
27. They have surrendered to fate or to hopelessness.
28. They have surrendered to apathy or to their emotions.
29. They have surrendered to their circumstances.
30. Jesus is gently calling: “Do you want to be healed?”
31. “Do you want to have hope and victory?”
32. The God who sees the secrets of the heart... is always ready when you say, “Yes, Lord.”
33. Unless and until you are willing,
34. Unless and until you want to be made whole,
35. Jesus is going to keep on asking;
36. “DO YOU?”
37. “WILL YOU?”
38. Not only are many individuals living in spiritual infirmities,
39. But there are also some churches that are living in spiritual infirmity.
40. For 38 years this man sat next to the spring of water
41. Thinking that this is his healing place.
42. Yet, he failed to recognize the real healer.
43. There are thousands of people who have been sitting by their own pool of Bethesda.
44. They think that is where they are supposed to be.
45. They are pursuing worldly solutions.
46. They are pursuing the solution of cheating on their jobs and their examinations.
47. They are pursing the solution of manipulating and bribing.
48. At the same time, they continue to ignore the only one who is the light of the world.
49. They ignore the only one who is the true healer.
50. They ignore the only one who is the true Savior.
51. They ignore the only one who is the true Redeemer.
52. They ignore the only one who can make them whole.
53. Let’s return to the story.
54. John chapter 5:7-9:
"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. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, (John 5:7‑9 NIV)
55. For 38 years, this man availed himself to the healing waters bubbling up from the underground springs.
56. The more he tried... the more desperate he became.
57. The more he tried... the more frustrated he became.
58. Finally, he got used to his excuses.
59. He got used to his crutches.
60. Let me ask you this:
61. What are YOUR excuses?
62. Who are you blaming for your problems?
63. I pray today that in Jesus name and by His power that you will throw away your excuses...
64. Whatever and whomever they may be.
65. Then rise up and walk... in Jesus name.
66. Many people are sitting by the pool of Bethesda.
67. They are without hope.
68. They are without direction.
69. Yet, Jesus can give you hope and direction today.
70. Will you come to him?
71. Satan and the world are offering their cure.
72. But the world’s cures are not really cures.
73. Like the pool of Bethesda, they are a mirage.
74. There is only one solution to our infirmity.
75. There is only one solution to our paralysis.
76. There is only one solution to our crippled hope.
77. Our only solution is the Word of God.
78. Jesus said to him, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk."
79. Only the Word of God replaces deception... with the truth.
80. Only the Word of God replaces hopelessness... with enduring hope.
81. Only the Word of God replaces torment... with the peace that passes all understanding.
82. Only the Word of God replaces dread... with joy unspeakable.
83. Only the Word of God replaces captivity... with freedom.
84. Only the Word of God gives life... and brings us back from the abyss of hell... to the presence of God.
85. Are you going to Heaven?
86. Not without Jesus you won't!
87. But like the crippled man at the pool of Bethesda... even some churchgoers place their hope in the Church
88. They want a form of godliness without power.
89. Yet, God’s power can only come when sin is confessed.
90. Our only hope is confession of our sins.
91. Our only hope is repentance of our sins.
92. Our only hope is humbling ourselves before God.
93. Like this man by the pool of Bethesda who had a diseased body...
94. And a defiled soul... and a dead spirit...
95. Unless we repent, we all likewise shall perish.
96. The Bible does not teach that every disease is associated with sin.
97. Some diseases are.
98. It is cruel to teach that all diseases are a direct result of personal sin.
99. In the case of the man by Bethesda, you will notice that his disease was connected to sin.
100. Let us look at John 5:14
Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, "See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you." (NIV)
101. This is not so with the man born blind.
102. As we will see later on
103. Clearly in the crippled man's case, his sin brought about his infirmity.
104. My listening friends, I want you to notice something very important.
105. You don’t have to be enslaved to sin, because Jesus can set you free.
106. Romans 6:14 tells us that sin is not our master.
107. One of the indications that you are a child of God is that sin should not have dominance over you.
108. In (2 Cor 2:14) Paul said.
109. Thanks be to God who ALWAYS leads us in a triumphal procession.
110. In Romans 8:37, Paul tells us
111. That in everything, we are more than conquerors through Christ Jesus.
112. Our victory over sin is through Jesus's own victory over sin and death.
113. God’s message is this: Do you want to be made whole?
114. Are you spiritually infirm or is your life is in confusion?
115. Are you financially in need or is your marriage is in disarray?
116. Are you are looking for a cure?
117. Stop running around and looking to the pool of Bethesda to cure you.
118. It will NEVER DO!
119. The only thing that will bring you a cure are the Words of Jesus.
120. And Jesus's question for us today is this:
121. “Do you want to be made whole?”
122. You see you have to want to be made whole.
123. The word of God says to us today that God can give you victory.
124. When Satan comes and whispers to you... your life is ruined.
125. You can say to him, God’s word tells me that my God shall supply all my needs according to his riches in Glory.
126. Satan may whisper in your ear, “you have sinned to deeply for God to forgive you.”
127. But you can tell him that God's word says: if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness. And wash us as white as snow
128. If you want to get up and walk... you must focus on the promises of God.
129. The Lord Jesus does not do anything by half measures.
130. He always does a complete job.
131. He did not only give this man a double cure, but he gave him a triple cure.
132. He healed the spirit... the soul... and the body.
133. Let our prayer today be the words of this hymn:
134. “Out of my bondage sorrow and night, Jesus I come, I come.
135. Into thy freedom gladness and light, Jesus I come to thee.
136. Out of my sickness into thy health,
137. Out of my want and into your wealth,
138. Out of my sin and into thyself,
139. Jesus I come to thee.”