After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk. Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee (John 5:1-14).
Today's Morsel: Where were you when Jesus first forgave you of your sins? Where were you when He first appeared to you and forgave you? Were you like the man at the pool, hanging with everyone else that had problems? At what point was it in your life that you realized that you needed to make a change? We may think that it was us coming to the conclusion that we needed to make the change, but if we would look a little closer, we'll find that it was God drawing us. For Jesus said, "No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day" (John 6:44). You see, there is a method to God's ways of doing things. Someone may have prayed and interceded for you and this is why you had that urge to change. Old prayers never die. The man in today's passage was in his condition for 38years. That's a long time. Jesus knew he had been in that condition that long, and Jesus himself wasn't even 33 yet. The reason He knew was because He's was God manifested in flesh, and God knows all things. When Jesus found the man in the temple after his healing, He told him, "Go and sin no more, lest a worst thing happen to him." Just what ailment, pain, or suffering is taking place in your life because of sin? Do you have sin in your life? Probably one of the greatest sins in a person's life that can hinder them, and they may not even be aware of, is the sin of unforgiveness. Unforegiveness keeps you weighed down and resentful and angry. It makes you bitter towards others and prevents you from loving others the way that Jesus has instructed us to. Jesus said that if we don't forgive others, neither will our heavenly father forgive us. Why not get the record straight today.
Sing: The load of sin was more than I could bear, He took my sins away, He took my sins away, and now on Him I roll my every care, He took my sins away.
He took my sins away, He took my sins away, and keeps me singing every day! I'm so glad He took my sins away, He took my sins away.