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#57 Cooperation and Opposition

The healed man might have sabotaged his chance for healing. He might have recited all the reasons why he believes he is doomed. Jesus hadn’t offered help. He just told him to get up and walk.

But the man sets his will to do what Jesus said, and new life surges as he acts on Jesus’ words.

Longing for healing? Don’t wait to feel it, act on Jesus’ words to you–His promises in scripture. Set your will to follow His instructions and His power will flow through you. He longs to heal you every bit as much as any at Bethesda, but you might have to cooperate.

The healed man bent to pick up his bed (his rug and blanket) and straightens up in delight, only to see that Jesus is lost in the crowd. He’s afraid that he won’t recognize his healer again, but he leaves, elated.

Soon he meets some Pharisees, and shares his joy with them. He can’t understand their cold attitude. They even interrupt him,

“It’s against the law to carry your bed on the Sabbath.” (Two-hundred-plus rules controlled Sabbath activity.)

Healed on the Sabbath? That’s strange, I forgot it was Sabbath, he thinks. But he hadn’t asked for healing, and feels no condemnation at doing what Jesus had said. “The man who healed me told me to.”

“Who healed you?” They know, but want evidence to accuse Jesus.

He doesn’t know. “I don’t know who he is, but he had the kindest face!”

John 5:9-13

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