Jesus and the Helpless Man

Brian Brodersen

John 5:1-15

June 11, 2017

In this series, we are looking at people who had life-changing encounters with Jesus, and these people are a picture of humanity. Today's message begins at the Pool of Bethesda. This was not a place of beauty and comfort but a place of suffering and pain, and Jesus went there to meet with a man who had been lame and paralyzed, as a result of sin, for 38 years. This man couldn't help himself, no one else could help him, and that which he was seeking help from was impotent to heal. Jesus, the Great Physician, asks him, "Would you be made whole?" This seems like a strange question, but some people love their sin so much, they would rather continue in their suffering rather than give up their iniquity. The man answered, so Jesus says to him, "Rise, take up your bed and walk ... go and sin no more." The question for you today is the same: Would you be made whole? Are you ready to turn away from sin and rise and walk in obedience?