Are we doing well?
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. Jesus asks the man, the invalid, "do you want to get well?" Please understand I am not talking about terminal illnesses. I am not talking about or in reference to the bedridden. The ones I am going to speaking to are the ones, the people, who truly do not want to be well. What? Who are those people? Well, in this case, it is a man who had been invalid for thirty-eight years. This man had been near the poor of Bathsheba, a place thought to have healing capacity. He had been there for so long, but allowed others to go before him. When Christ asks him the question, the man replies a typical response that we give today.
"But I have no one to help me." See, we want to do stuff, but only if we have help. Did he try on his own? He says he tried. So what and how does Jesus respond? He doesnít offer pity or prayer. God in the flesh said, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk."
So he said it, so it is so. The man did just that.
Do you want to get well? If you do not know Christ as your personal Savior, you are just like the invalid. Your physical health may be fine, but you are hollow, dead in your trespass/sin against God, and are on your way to Hell. So as He asked, Do you want to get well? If you do, please understand that the Lord of all is waiting for you.When we become children of God, Christians, new creations, we are filled with the Holy Spirit. Scriptures teach that. Our salvation is in the death and resurrection of God Almighty, Jesus Christ. Jesus teaches that our salvation cannot be lost. That needs to be understood prior to reading and hearing this next section. Verses 14-15 teach that Christ came upon the man a bit later.
Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, "See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you." The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. If we love Jesus, we will obey him. Luke 11:28 shows Jesus responding to a comment toward his mother being blessed for having Him as a son. "Blessed rather are those who hear the word of God and obey it." So here is again another example of God in the flesh telling all that those who obey the Word of God are blessed. The verb tense by the way is present tense. We are blessed when we obey God. We are blessed as opposed to not following His instructions. Jesus said, Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you" to the man He had just healed. What is the difference between Christ healing the man physically and us spiritually? The answer is no difference. We are healed, saved, and sealed by His Grace. Our lives we should live to honor and worship Him. If we do not, and we fall into the pattern of being saved, but act like the secular world, we will bring shame and calamity upon ourselves.
WHAT CAN WE DO?
Should we desire to make God happy? It is kind of contrasting to ask that question if you think about it. As sinful flesh and bone, we cannot do anything to please God apart from believing that He sent His Son to die for our sins. Oh I gave the answer away. So if we admit our sins, believe in Him, and confess Him as God, we make God happy. So, if you are a Christian, what do you do as a Christian? Obviously you find a Christ centered church, and grow as a Christian. Godís Word is clear in teaching that salvation is for all who believe that Jesus is the Christ. Consider John 6:28-29:
Then they asked him, "What must we do to do the works God requires?" Jesus answered,"The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." Jesus did not say, "Call me a prophet." He did not say, "Go your own way and we will meet in the middle. He said, "The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent." To believe in Jesus, you have to believe, step out in faith and know that you know that you know in your heart down to your soul, that the Holy Bible is Godís love letter to His people, you must know that Christ is God, that He was born of a virgin, led a sinless life, healed the sick, prayed and taught the lost, fed over five thousand with a little fish and bread, turned water into wine, cleaned His Fatherís house, raised the dead, walked on water, told Satan off, hung on the cross as Peter called it a tree for you and me, defeated hell, death, and the grave, rose on the third day, and is coming soon to take us home to glory, PRAISE BE TO GOD!
Christians today are caught up in materialistic dogma that truly isnít worth two cents. "Well, my church says," or "To go to Heaven, you got to doÖ." There is only one church body of Christ. We are His people. Our salvation rests in Him only. What did Jesus say concerning salvation? I have verses that really speak to my heart.
"All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will never drive away."God Almighty, Jesus, the Son said, "whoever comes to me I will never drive away." I cannot say anything about that other than oh what precious love He has for us to not only give up what He did, but to reassure us that we are forever His. The last verse is so strong, Iíll end on it.
John 10:28 I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand.