No Other Name Week 3: Healing a Disabled Man

Pastor Dan’s sermon, “Healing a Disabled Man” in the “No Other Name” series is available to watch or listen to right here!

This week we talked about John 5, when Jesus heals a man who had been disabled for 38 years. Pastor Dan pulled out some great points that I hadn’t really thought about before.

When Jesus approached the man, He asked if he wanted to get well. Jesus started the conversation — He went straight to this man and asked him if he wanted to be healed! Pastor Dan pointed out that Jesus didn’t assume the man wanted to be well — and He doesn’t assume the same of us either. Some choose to reject Jesus, not everyone wants what Jesus has to offer. Oh that we did!

The man responded with an explanation about the pool of Bethesda, which was thought to have healing properties. But Jesus wasn’t interested in the pool. He told the man to pick up his mat and walk. He was immediately cured! The note in my Bible pointed out something interesting — normally faith in Jesus was required for being cured, but this man, as the rest of the chapter pointed out, didn’t even know who Jesus was! While Jesus doesn’t assume we want to be healed, He is also not limited by our lack of faith. Jesus’ power does not depend on us, which is such a good reminder for me in my daily life. The plans, purposes, strength, love and mission of our God does not depend on us. Instead He invites us into His story, He asks us to play a part in the victory that is fully His!

Ruins of Bethesda in Jerusalem.

Ruins of Bethesda in Jerusalem.

Again, we see some religious leaders upset (as they often are) with Jesus. He healed on the Sabbath and invited a man to pick up his mat! The nerve! Like we’ve talked about before, Jesus often weighed in on this argument about the Sabbath. Like Pastor Dan mentioned, He affirmed over and over again that love reigned supreme. The command to love your neighbor was second only to the command to love God. Love trumps Sabbath.

After Jesus heals this man, the man still seems fairly unimpressed. He tattles and tells the religious leaders that Jesus was the one who healed him. We don’t know if he took Jesus’ advice to stop sinning. As I ponder this sermon and passage, I am convicted. I wonder where I take Jesus’ work in my life for granted. I know that I am often ungrateful or at least unaware. I am reminded that Jesus wants to make me well — I just need to say “yes” to Him.

What an amazing God we serve. He seeks us out to heal us. His power goes beyond our lack of faith. He invites us to love as He first loved us. It’s quite astonishing, when we really stop to think about it.

So, thank Jesus for His great work today! Ask Him to make you well — and celebrate, praise and thank Him when He does. He is a good God!

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