LIFe with God: July 7

Posted on July 7, 2010

Scripture

John 4:43-5:16 (43) After two days He left there for Galilee. (44) Jesus Himself testified that a prophet has no honor in his own country. (45) When they entered Galilee, the Galileans welcomed Him because they had seen everything He did in Jerusalem during the festival. For they also had gone to the festival.

(46) Then He went again to Cana of Galilee, where He had turned the water into wine. There was a certain royal official whose son was ill at Capernaum. (47) When this man heard that Jesus had come from Judea into Galilee, he went to Him and pleaded with Him to come down and heal his son, for he was about to die.

(48) Jesus told him, “Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will not believe.”

(49) “Sir,” the official said to Him, “come down before my boy dies!”

(50) “Go,” Jesus told him, “your son will live.” The man believed what Jesus said to him and departed. (51) While he was still going down, his slaves met him saying that his boy was alive. (52) He asked them at what time he got better. “Yesterday at seven in the morning the fever left him,” they answered. (53) The father realized this was the very hour at which Jesus had told him, “Your son will live.” Then he himself believed, along with his whole household.

(54) This therefore was the second sign Jesus performed after He came from Judea to Galilee.

(5:1) After this, a Jewish festival took place, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. (2) By the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there is a pool, called Bethesda in Hebrew, which has five colonnades. (3) Within these lay a multitude of the sick–blind, lame, and paralyzed [–waiting for the moving of the water, (4) because an angel would go down into the pool from time to time and stir up the water. Then the first one who got in after the water was stirred up recovered from whatever ailment he had]. (5) One man was there who had been sick for 38 years. (6) When Jesus saw him lying there and knew he had already been there a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to get well?”

(7) “Sir,” the sick man answered, “I don’t have a man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I’m coming, someone goes down ahead of me.”

(8) “Get up,” Jesus told him, “pick up your bedroll and walk!” (9) Instantly the man got well, picked up his bedroll, and started to walk.

Now that day was the Sabbath, (10) so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “This is the Sabbath! It’s illegal for you to pick up your bedroll.”

(11) He replied, “The man who made me well told me, ‘Pick up your bedroll and walk.'”

(12) “Who is this man who told you, ‘Pick up your bedroll and walk?'” they asked. (13) But the man who was cured did not know who it was, because Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.

(14) After this, Jesus found him in the temple complex and said to him, “See, you are well. Do not sin any more, so that something worse doesn’t happen to you.” (15) The man went and reported to the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. (16) Therefore, the Jews began persecuting Jesus because He was doing these things on the Sabbath.

Observation

What did Jesus mean when he said that a prophet has no honor in his own country? What do His interactions with the official with the dying son and theman at the pool tell us about His heart toward the sick and the poor? Why were the religious leaders so bothered by Jesus?

Application

Is my level of compassion toward the needy where Jesus wants it to be? In what specific ways do I show that I sometimes live out my Christianity by the letter instead of by the spirit? What action steps can I take?

Prayer

Pray today’s Scripture back to God:

“Lord Jesus, I proclaim that You and You alone are worthy of ALL honor, in all places. May I be a person like the royal official in Galilee, who instantly believed you at Your word and his son was healed. May I be like the sick man at the Bethesda Pool, who instantly believed and obeyed and was healed. Lord, keep my heart from becoming hard like the hearts of the Pharisees, who were more concerned with observing the letter of the law than with a man who had been sick for nearly four decades being miraculously healed by the power of God! Help me to follow hard after You, so that I will not be trapped in sin and its effects and consequences. Amen.”

Spend some time praying for the following people and ministries:

  • Scott & Kristi Guinn
  • Mike & Jamie Haberkorn, Hannah, Sean
  • David & MaryBeth Hollander, Cole, Marcus
  • Bob & Peggy Hoover

Ministry:

  • Chrysalis Women’s Transitional Housing

One good way to pray for people is to use the acronym BLESS to pray for God’s blessing on every area of their lives:

  • B – BODY (physical health)
  • L – Labor (their job or school)
  • E – Emotions (emotional health as well as guarding against letting emotions rule)
  • S – Social (relationships with family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, church, etc)
  • S – Spiritual (remaining true to God and growing in Him)

MEMORY VERSE OF THE WEEK:

For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. – Romans 3:23

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