A man had been ill for thirty eight years. He felt weak and could not get out of his bed; he couldn’t stand on his own. No one could help him, nor did anyone try. Only a miracle could heal him completely. He waited a long time for this miracle to happen.
He hoped that the miracle would be found in a place called Bethesda. In this place, there was a pool of water that was said to provide healing to anyone who went into it. An angel was said to stir up the waters of the pool at appointed times. But only the first to go into the pool was healed. The man, along with a great number of people who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, lay by the pool and waited for the angel to stir the water.
One day, a man noticed him lying by the pool. The man was no ordinary man; he was a great teacher who was famous for performing wonderful miracles. He knew that the sick man had been suffering for a long time. He asked “Do you want to get well?” The sick man answered “Sir, when the water is stirred, nobody would help me into the pool. By the time I get there, somebody else is already in.”
The man said “Get up; pick up your bed, and walk.” And just like that, the miracle that he was hoping for finally happened. The sick man was immediately healed and had recovered his strength; he got up, picked up his bed and walked out of the place. He didn’t need to go into the pool of water after all.
Now that day was a holy day of rest. He was walking about with his bed, and the religious leaders noticed him. “Today is a holy day of rest. It is not allowed for you to be carrying your bed.” they said to him. He answered “The man who healed me was the one who said to me ‘Pick up your bed and walk’” The religious leaders then asked him “Who is this man who told you ‘Pick up your bed and walk’?” But he didn’t know. He didn’t get to ask the miracle worker’s name. The healer had already slipped into the crowd.
Sometime later, the wonder-worker meets the man again, and tells him “Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” The healed man then knew that he had been talking to Jesus, the great teacher all along. But instead of thanking him, and heeding his warning, the man told the religious leaders who it was that made him well.
The religious leaders then started persecuting Jesus because he performed his miracle on a holy day of rest.
Sometimes, a great miracle happens in our life, and we don’t even acknowledge its source. Maybe we toss a little ‘thank you’ to the great Somebody up there, but we don’t bother or make an effort to find out that it was really Jesus who helped us. What’s worse, we don’t heed his warning to turn from our sinful ways. We are not aware that our sinful ways are surely leading us to an eternal life of misery, and that we need the help of the Savior to take us out of this predicament.
We don’t need a great miracle to happen in our life before we find out more about Jesus. We can get into a deeper, more meaningful relationship with Him, once we pray to Him, and declare that ‘Jesus is Lord’ and believe in our heart that God raised Him from the dead. Surely, we will be saved, and we shall walk in triumph with Him for eternity.
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