John 5:31-47: The World of Mystery and Miracles – Part III
Jesus tells us: You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you’ll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me! And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren’t willing to receive from me the life you say you want.
We spend time with these words and we imagine that we, like the lame man at the Bethesda Pool, might be transformed so that we can find peace. We spend time with these verses and realize that . . . they are Christ himself in our hands. We spend time with John 5 and move from doubt to faith as Jesus asks.
We, like the crippled and lame who wait by the pool at Bethesda, have been freed . . . although we might not see it.
We, like those who plot to kill Jesus, have heard this good news . . . although we might not acknowledge it.
We, like those who sent emissaries to John, have heard further testimony about this new king and kingdom . . . although we might not admit it.
We, like those who do not believe the writings or the words, have experienced the healing hand of Christ . . . although we might not concede it.
We commit to believing in mystery and miracle in our lives and we call others to a transformation in peace with this week’s Lenten practice. Rather than thinking: “God’s generosity is sometimes not fair,” let us think instead, “When we put away the past and follow God’s example of enormous generosity, we are better able to welcome the lost back home into the kingdom . . . and to give thanks for our own part in God’s great rejoicing”.
A Favorite from Thursday, May 6, 2010.
For more about the Bethesda Pool, click on the pool image or visit: https://lostnowfoundk.wordpress.com/2013/06/15/the-paralysed-man-john-51-15/
Tomorrow, our unbelief.