S (Scripture): John 5:19 So Jesus answered them, “I tell you the solemn truth, the Son can do nothing on his own initiative, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, the Son does likewise. 5:20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he does, and will show him greater deeds than these, so that you will be amazed. 5:21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, so also the Son gives life to whomever he wishes.
O (Observation ): Jesus has just healed a man who ailed for 38 years. And “Poof”, just like that, the man is healed. Too bad it was on the Sabbath, in plain site of some religious authorities. Or was it “too bad”?
Jesus is always trying to point God’s people back to the center. Is the main thing “Sabbath”? Or is the main thing that people be restored to life and health?
And what’s more? The religious authorities question where Jesus gets his authority. Where does he say he learned all of this from? God, who happens to be his Father! Oh Jesus…now you’ve done it! You’ve stepped in it big time! How dare you claim God as YOUR father!!!
Two strikes against Jesus: healing in the Sabbath, and claiming God as Father.
A (Application): Sometimes we get comfortable in the Church. We are pretty good at believing God does miracles, but not to me. God brings life, but not for anyone I know. When is the last time you prayed for healing, and believed?
Other things cloud our vision of the church. So we ask: what is the main thing for us as Christians? More Christians? More in “church” on Sunday morning? How about mature disciples? I’ll go with the last one.
We are called to believe in God who brings life. We are called to abide in God daily, like we do with this blog. Let us remain in God. Let us believe in the one who brings life.
For what do you need healing? Do you know others who need healing? Pray for them.
God gives authority and power to those who believe. If healing doesn’t come, repent and believe, and try again.
P (Prayer): Lord, help us to believe that healing still comes. Amen.