THE POOLSIDE HELPER

I cannot think of a lonelier man than the one that Jesus met at a public pool.


  

John 5:

1 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews.
2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades.
3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie-the blind, the lame, the paralysed.
5  One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 
6 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?"
7 "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."

8 Then Jesus said to him, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk."



This man could have stayed lonely, broken and dejected.  But instead he took a chance on talking to Jesus.  It may have been rare for anyone to talk to this crippled man, but Jesus talked freely with anyone he met.

The man decided to respond to Jesus and tell him the gist of his sorrows.  Crippled for thirty-eight years, he had no friends.  No-one was there to help him get into the pool that healed people.  Maybe he was bitter… maybe there was no point telling his story… but, maybe the man still had hope of being healed…

Jesus met others who were paralysed.  One man had a group of friends that destroyed a roof so they could lower his cot into the room where Jesus was.  Those were incredible friends! 

We’ve seen friends like that.  When Christine Casey could not afford to go live in Hamilton where her chemotherapy treatments were, a group of you pitched in to raise money so she could afford an apartment close to the hospital.  Jason and Sherry went with her to care for her needs while she was there. Eventually Christine passed, but not without knowing the love of her family and friends. That’s what God’s family does.

But this man Jesus spoke to, had no such friends. Are you like that man?  Do you have no-one to talk to?  Do you need help in some way?  Jesus is here by His Spirit and in His People.  He says to you, “Tell me about your difficulties.  I want to hear what’s hurting you…”




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