Jesus was in Jerusalem for a feast, and He saw the sick people gathered by the pool of Bethesda. The people were there in anticipation that an angel would stir the water. First one in would, supposedly, be healed.
There was a man there who had been sick for thirty-eight years. Jesus approached him and asked an unusual question. "Do you wish to get well?"
The man gave a strange non-answer. "There's no one to put me in the water when it's stirred. Someone always gets there first."
Jesus spoke to the man and, with one quick sentence, transformed his life. "Arise. Take up your pallet and walk." And he did. Immediately.
To any sensible person, this would be a wonderful thing. To the Jewish leaders, this was a scandalous action. Jesus had healed on the Sabbath. He'd done work. He'd broken the law. He deserved to be arrested and killed.
Jesus' answer to the accusers made them even more angry. "Can't you see from My works that God has sent Me?"
No, they couldn't, because they didn't want to see, even though His life, and His actions were road signs pointing to God the Father.
He wrapped Himself in flesh, dwelt among us, and showed us God by the way He lived and the things He did. Every action Jesus performed pointed to His Father. Every single action.
The question for us is simple. To what or whom do our actions point? Are we "sometimes" pointing to our Heavenly Father or always pointing people to Him? Today, let's be intentional about every action. Every word. Every thought. Let's make sure our life is a road sign pointing to Christ, showing the way to Him, and not the world.
"But the witness which I have is greater than that of John; for the works which the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I do, bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me." John 5:36 nasb
In case you missed it, here's the link to yesterday's post: Comfort, Convenience, and Christ
Update on Sam's Kids Boot Project: $4425 raised so far. That's 368 pairs of boots! Still a long way to go, but we've made an excellent start. In case you still want to donate, here's the link: www.globaloutreach.org/sams-kids
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