Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.
-By the pool of Bethesda next to the sheep gate; many sick people gathered. Among them the blind, lame, paralysed and when the angel sporadically came to stir up the water, whoever stepped in first; they were made well of whatever disease. Many scrambled to get into the pool first and it became their only hope of healing. The sheep gate was commonly used as an entry point for sheep slaughtered in the temple for atonement of the sins of the people. Jesus then became the Sheep of atonement; sacrificed for the sins of the whole world. Through His stripes we have been healed and we are called to only place our faith in Him. Like the sick man who had been in infirmity for thirty eight years; lying by the pool in desolation and hopelessness, many among us have been sick and suffering for a long time. For the cancer patients, medicine seems to have failed and most of them are waiting for their day of death. Others among us have been childless for a long time, some wallow in joblessness have entered into depression and are contemplating suicide, others have shut down their businesses are sold all their properties, others are old and no one to take care of them, some are homeless, hopeless and lack their basic needs, many are single and are getting anxious on matters relationship and many others are facing problems in marriages, and other life challenges. God is calling us to listen to His voice of truth through His word and have faith in Him; for He is our Healer, our only hope in times of adversity.
Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world have mercy on us. Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world grant us peace. By Your stripes Jesus we have been healed; we thank You for loving us. Many among us are sick, depressed and have lost hope in life; renew their strength Lord and heal their wounds. Heal all the cancer patients and hear their cry merciful Father. Increase our faith in You Jesus and help us to put all our trust in You. You are our Sure Foundation and Deliver, we need You at every moment of our lives. Hear all our prayers, petitions and supplications, and answer us according to Your merciful love. Wipe away all our tears and take away all our pain Lord. Like You healed the man by the pool of Bethesda Jesus, heal all our physical, psychological, emotional, financial, economic and social wounds for Your grace endures to all generations. Help us Holy Spirit to hear Your voice before our own and do according to Your will. Nothing is hard for You Lord, we trust in You; now and forever. Amen
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