John – God Speaks!
As a leader of teams, have you ever taken the blame for whatever someone not on the team decided was not the right way to do something. A good leader assumes responsibility for all that happens in the process of accomplishing a project. He or she steps up to back up what the team members are trying their best to do according to what they were asked to do.
It is disappointing at best to have someone in your face when you are merely doing what was asked of you with a heart of good intentions and wanting to please your leader. But it happens.
There is a misguided world of people who want their own way, on their own terms, in their own specified times. Guess what!? It has been that way since the fall of man. It was that way in Jesus’ days on earth. I think of how fallen we are when I read this next passage of the act of healing of a sick man by Jesus.
The world of religion did not receive Jesus or what He did. They only saw that He did not follow their man-made rules tacked on to The Law as they saw it and understood it. They did not see a man lying in his sickness for THIRTY EIGHT YEARS. They could not and would not rejoice with the man was made clean instantly by the mere words “Take up your mat and walk” of Jesus, Son of God! They would not acknowledge the miracle–only the mistake of carrying a mat on the Sabbath! Wait, what?!?
What is wrong with the world Jesus came to save?
What is wrong with our world we live in today?
We’re missing the point because of our blind eyes, dull hearing and misguided minds that think only of ourselves, our own rules, traditions, regulations and well, habits of selfishness. There, I said it, or wrote it, out loud!
And I can be one of them.
Jesus is asking all of us, “Do you want to get well?”
Let us repent of self, demanding our own way, so we can see God clearly and what HE is trying to accomplish in and through us for His glory! Let us hear His distinctive, loving voice with readiness to obey. Yes, let us follow HIS plan, purpose and holy Will that is best for all of us. AND give HIM glory for all of what happens!
Our Leader, Master, Teacher, Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ took the blame for all our sin. I can follow a leader like that, can’t you? Forever.
Do you want to be well? YES!
“Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.” –Jesus
John 4, New Living Translation
Jesus Heals a Lame Man
5 Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. 2 Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. 3 Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. 5 One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”
7 “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”
8 Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”
9 Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath, 10 so the Jewish leaders objected. They said to the man who was cured, “You can’t work on the Sabbath! The law doesn’t allow you to carry that sleeping mat!”
11 But he replied, “The man who healed me told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’”
12 “Who said such a thing as that?” they demanded.
13 The man didn’t know, for Jesus had disappeared into the crowd. 14 But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, “Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.” 15 Then the man went and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had healed him.
Dear Heavenly Father,
Oh how I love the lessons you teach us each day. How I love to hear your voice speaking into my heart. How I love the way your love us and forgive us for all our sins. I repent of selfish desires and wants. My desire is to be near you, hear you, obey you quickly and follow you all the days of my life here.
In Jesus Name, Amen. I believe.