The House of Loving Kindness

(Joh 5:2)  Inside the city near the Sheep Gate there is a pool called in Aramaic, The House of Loving Kindness. And this pool is surrounded by five covered porches.

Bethesda

(Joh 5:3)  Hundreds of sick people were lying there on the porches—the paralyzed, the blind, and the crippled, all of them waiting for their healing.

(Joh 5:4)  For an angel of God would periodically descend into the pool to stir the waters, and the first one who stepped into the pool after the waters swirled would instantly be healed.

(Joh 5:5)  Now there was a man who had been disabled for thirty-eight years lying among the multitude of the sick.

(Joh 5:6)  When Jesus saw him lying there, he knew that the man had been crippled for a long time. So Jesus said to him, “Do you truly long to be healed?”

(Joh 5:7)  The sick man answered him, “Sir, there’s no way I can get healed, for I have no one who will lower me into the water when the angel comes. As soon as I try to crawl to the edge of the pool, someone else jumps in ahead of me.”

(Joh 5:8)  Then Jesus said to him, “Stand up! Pick up your sleeping mat and you will walk!”

(Joh 5:9)  Immediately he stood up—he was healed! So he rolled up his mat and walked again! Now this miracle took place on the Jewish Sabbath.

(Joh 5:10)  When the Jewish leaders saw the man walking along carrying his sleeping mat, they objected and said, “What are you doing carrying that? Don’t you know it’s the Sabbath? It’s not lawful for you to carry things on the Sabbath!”

(Joh 5:11)  He answered them, “The man who healed me told me to pick it up and walk.”

(Joh 5:12)  “What man?” they asked him. “Who was this man who ordered you to carry something on a Sabbath?”

(Joh 5:13)  But the healed man couldn’t give them an answer, for he didn’t yet know who it was since Jesus had already slipped away into the crowd.

(Joh 5:14)  A short time later, Jesus found the man at the temple and said to him, “Look at you now! You’re healed! Walk away from your sin (sin no more) so that nothing worse will happen to you.”

  1. I know your past – Jesus revealed to him he knew his past.  People can be in a situation for a long time because they may have the idea it is their punishment for their sin.  They thank God by coming to church, then go back to live a life of sin. 
  2. I know your future –

(Joh 5:15)  Then the man went to the Jewish leaders to inform them, “It was Jesus who healed me!”

Compared to:

(Joh 9:1)  Afterward, as Jesus walked down the street, he noticed a man blind from birth.

(Joh 9:2)  His disciples asked him, “Teacher, whose sin caused this guy’s blindness, his own, or the sin of his parents?”

(Joh 9:3)  Jesus answered, “Neither. It happened to him so that you could watch him experience God’s miracle.

(Joh 9:4)  While I am with you, it is daytime and we must do the works of God who sent me while the light shines. For there is coming a dark night when no one will be able to work.

(Joh 9:5)  As long as I am with you my life is the light that pierces the world’s darkness.”

(Joh 9:6)  Then Jesus spat on the ground and made some clay with his saliva. Then he anointed the blind man’s eyes with the clay.

(Joh 9:7)  And he said to the blind man, “Now go and wash the clay from your eyes in the ritual pool of Siloam.” So he went and washed his face and as he came back, he could see for the first time in his life!

(Joh 9:35)  When Jesus learned they had thrown him out, he went to find him and said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of God?”

(Joh 9:36)  The man whose blind eyes were healed answered, “Who is he, Master? Tell me so that I can place all my faith in him.”

(Joh 9:37)  Jesus replied, “You’re looking right at him. He’s speaking with you. It’s me, the one in front of you now.”

(Joh 9:38)  Then the man threw himself at his feet and worshiped Jesus and said, “Lord, I believe in you!”

1)Miracles are for us to increase our faith in Jesus

2) True believers will commit their life to Christ so that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, sin will no longer be the characteristic of their life. (1 John 5:6,9)

          “There has never been a time when someone born blind has been healed or given sight.”

The crippled man – was waiting for a miracle and remained blind

The Blind man – received a miracle and his eyes of understanding was opened

PART II

Mankind can only know the physical appearance of man, while God sees the spiritual appearance of a man. So, while we were looking at this text from a physical context. I submit to you God is a God who looks on the heart and sees the suffering of the spirit man. We all are halted – paralyzed, blind, and or crippled spiritually in some way.

Paralyzed – to destroy or decreases something’s energy or ability to act; to make powerless or ineffective; to bring to an end: PREVENT

Blind – is someone or something unable or unwilling to see or understand

Crippled -to cause someone to be unable to move or walk in the usual way because of an injury or illness

He sees our hurt and pain and those things that have tried to decrease our energy or our ability to act. Where we have misunderstood some things that have caused us to have confusion and unbelief in some areas.  To those of us who have been spiritually injured or crippled because of situations or loss of loved ones.

Tonight, we have gathered in the House of Loving-Kindness, whether you are in-person, or online. We are here together in spirit by the Holy Spirit. Tonight, you know that you need something to happen on the inside of you. I have come to encourage you that in all that has happened and has been happening Jesus has not left us nor forgotten about us.  I just need to remind you that no matter what has come against you or is still coming against you, you are still here. We all desire contact with Jesus. I submit that it may come in one of three ways.

  1. Healing/deliverance comes of the faith of the one being healed – Mt.9:27-29
  2. Faith of others on behalf of the afflicted – James 5:14-16
  3. The faith of the one anointed to heal – 1Cor.12:9

(Joh 9:39)  And Jesus said, “I have come to judge those who think they see and make them blind. And for those who are blind, I have come to make them see.”

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