|The Pool of Bethesda was a place of healing, as we discussed yesterday. People were drawn there because they had a need. Many were sick and wanted to be well, so they came from all over the region. In their hearts, they hoped that for just a moment, the water would swirl and they could jump in and be healed. Likewise, most of the people who came to Jesus didn’t just want a message or wisdom. Many of them were hungry, sick, poor, and in need of help, so they came to the great Rabbi in search of a miracle.
Like He did then, Jesus brings shalom today, and that is the good news of the Gospel. The greeting of “shalom” is common in Hebrew, and while we often think of it as peace, it holds a deeper meaning. Shalom is tranquility and wholeness, and it equals a good life, which is what God gives. With Jesus, you have access to abundant living, because He offers the best way to be whole and thrive.
Friend, maybe a miracle is what you need today. You might feel like you’re sick and you won’t get better, but God can heal you! You can be found if you feel lost, and if you’re brokenhearted, He can restore your heart. If you’re feeling betrayed, Jesus can help you to trust again, and if you feel ashamed, He can heal you, cleanse you, and give you a fresh start. You can be at peace, even if you are angry, because He makes everything new!