The Healing at the Pool
5 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals.2 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. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.6 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?” 7 “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.” 8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. John 5: 1-9
This week, I am asking everyone to prepare their hearts for the healing services that will take place this Sunday. If we truthfully examine our lives we will realize that we all are in need of healing, even though what we need healed from takes on very different forms. We may need physical healing, from cancer, heart disease, lung disease, aches and pains, that make life less joyful, or chronic illness, like the Apostle Paul's thorn in the side, that is a constant battle we have waged for many years. We may need emotional healing from hurts, from the very present or the distant past, from unresolved conflict, from grudges that we can't let go of, from grief that immobilizes us, or from family estrangement. We may need spiritual healing from sins we have not yet confessed, guilt that we cannot be relived of, wounds that may have been inflicted from our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. The list can go on and on. The real question is: "Do you want to be made well, or do you want to sit by the pool and complain that you just cannot get to the healing water, because no one will help you there?
This week, we invite you to look inside your heart, recognize where you need healing in your life and keep it in constant prayer all week. Remember to also pray for your brothers and sisters in Christ for healing in their lives. Let's take the courage to spiritually prepare ourselves, either to hear "Your faith has made you well" or to hear the words that God spoke to the Apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9 "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Both phrases are spoken out of perfect love, which overflows with pools of living, breathing water. Let us cleanse our hearts and cry to the Lord, for the prayers of the righteous are powerful.
Pastor Scott and Pastor Jenny
Prayers This Week:
Pray for healing in the lives of both congregations
Pray for our local and national leaders
Pray that God will hear our cry and heal us and our land