Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Why the name Bethesda?

I thought it was a strange name for a healing workshop until they explained it this way

John 5:

2Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. 3In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed.5One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, "Do you want to be healed?" 7The sick man answered him, "Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me." 8Jesus said to him, "Get up, take up your bed, and walk." 9And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.

Don't miss the point. Jesus asked the man, "Do you want to be healed?" Of course the man made excuses that he couldn't. How many excuses have we made? How many have I made. The man was paralyzed and Jesus healed him.

Suzanne mentioned this morning that someone told her that there are people in town who think that you can't get over sexual addictions, that our counselor was one of the few that believe you can. My answer to that is that Jesus can heal a paralyzed man, I think he can help me...the question here is, "Do I want to be healed?" ..............more than you will ever know! 4 months of sobriety and already feel the healing beginning....


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