Celebrating the Savior
“The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10 and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”
11 But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ”
12 So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”
13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.
14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.” John 5:9-15 NIV
A man who was paralyzed for 38 years had just been healed! God performed an amazing miracle! The paralyzed man was not only healed, but he was carrying the very mat that carried him for 38 years!
How did the Jewish leaders respond to this great sign from God?
1 – They could have been excited to experience a miracle of God.
2 – They could have been excited for the man who was healed.
3 – They could have offered worship to God for what He had done.
What was their response?
“It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.” They went on to ask. “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”
Carrying a bed was in fact a violation of the rabbi’s interpretation of the commandment against doing work on the Sabbath. It was not breaking God’s law, but the human interpretation of God’s law.
Here’s the problem.
The Jewish leaders were so preoccupied with their religious practices that they missed God at work in their presence!
For those who have been in the church for awhile, we have the tendency to become too religious and observant of our traditions. We can become too skeptical, self-absorbed, and comfortable in our beliefs. John 5 reminds me of a few things as a long-time believer.
1 – Be excited when people are saved.
2 – Be excited for those who are healed.
3 – Offer worship to God for what He has done.
Lord renew a simple heart in me. Renew a heart that does not take too lightly when people get saved. Renew an excitement when God heals people. Renew a heart of worship for what God has done. In the awesome name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.