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Do you want to get well?

Easter 2019  •  Sermon  •  Submitted   •  Presented   •  30:16
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John 5:1–9 NIV
Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 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. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,

Suffering is part of human existence

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It leads people to places of desperation some times.
Apparently a common belief was that an angel stirred the waters and people would be healed if they got into the water at the right time.
John 5:3 NIV
Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.
This man lived with it for 38 years.
John for Everyone, Part 1: Chapters 1–10 The Healing of the Cripple (John 5.1–9a)

The place spoke of the possibility of miraculous healing, of the remote chance of divine healing; but it was at best spasmodic, and at worst an idle dream.

We suffer and long for healing

Wanting to feel differently vs wanting to heal
Wanting a way around vs wanting a way through
Wanting God to do X for us vs trusting God’s plan

Jesus offered the invalid man healing

Do you want to get well?
John 5:8 NIV
Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”
The words of Jesus invited him into healing. It was up to him to respond...
John 5:9 NIV
At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,

Jesus offers healing to us

Jesus has the power to change our lives. Jesus stands ready to bless us.
Jesus often invites us to be partners in our healing
Stepping into healing...
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