TEXT: John 5:8-13
Max Lucado said, "Let God have you, and let God love you - and don’t be surprised if your heart begins to hear music you’ve never heard and your feet learn to dance as never before."
Immediately after the sick man is healed, he gets into trouble with "the Jews." Generally speaking, in John's Gospel, the writer uses the term "the Jews" to indicate the religious leaders, not the entire Jewish population. This man who has lain sick for 38 years has picked up his bed and is joyfully walking away from the Pool of Bethesda, leaving all of the sickness and suffering that he had endured behind.
He hasn't gone too far when he is stopped by some of the religious leaders who would have been out in full force due to the religious celebration that is going on in Jerusalem. The Bible tells us that they "said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed." In their minds, the religious leaders had a legitimate concern. The Law strictly prohibited work on the Sabbath. Rabbis had carefully detailed 39 ways in which a man could break the Sabbath day law -- and carrying one's bed (or anything at all) was one of them.
The healed man responds, "He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk." This man knew that Jesus had to be a man of God to have worked such a miracle of healing. So, you can imagine how perplexed he was. 'One man of God healed me and told me to pick up my bed. Yet, these men of God are telling me that I am committing a crime by carrying my bed.'
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