It’s Time to Get Off The Porch
“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.” (John 5:1-9)
Today’s Morsel: The man in today's scriptures had laid on this porch for thirty-eight years. He was there because of his sins (vs 14). Sin will put you places you do not want to be. Sin may look like fun and pleasure, but many are suffering today because of it. Maybe you are on a porch that you find yourself doing the same thing over and over every day. Maybe you are stressed, unhappy, tired, despondent, lonely, trying to make ends meet. Well, ask yourself if sin has you on this porch? If it does, it’s time to stop the merry-go-round and get off. Sin must not have dominion over you. Jesus died that you might be made free. Care to take up your bed and walk? It's time to get off the porch.
Sing: When gloom and sadness whispers, you’ve sin no use to pray, I look away to Jesus and He tells me to say:
I see a crimson stream of blood, it flows from Calvary, it’s waves which reach the throne of God, are sweeping over me.
Thought For Today: Sin will keep you on the porch if you let it.