October 27, 2023

Are You Too Safe?

“ ‘Sir,’ the invalid replied, ‘I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.’ “ – John 5:7 Yesterday we examined the question posed by Jesus to the invalid man who for 38 years was at the Pool of Bethesda, “Do you want to get well?” He gave Jesus an excuse why he hadn’t received his healing. I shared that perhaps he thought that if he was well, he wouldn’t be able to hang out with his community of friends anymore even though they were not good for his future. Another possible reason for his hesitation: The Bethesda Pools were beautiful in its heyday, with marble, water, colonnades, and coverings. Since he lived there for 38 years, he probably didn’t have a home or a place to go. The pool

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