Daily Devotion Wednesday, January 9th

Wednesday, January 9, 2013 – Psalm 147:1-11; Isaiah 63:1-5; Revelation 2:18-29 and John 5:1-15

John 5:1-15 – 2Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. 3In these lay many invalids — blind, lame, and paralyzed. 5 One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” 7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.” 8Jesus said to him, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.

Jesus asked the man a simple question; “Do you want to be made well?” Like many of us, we give a complicated answer to a simple question.

I invite you to sit for a while with Jesus’ question to this man who had been ill for 38 years, almost two generations. Sit with Jesus’ question and hear Jesus asking you that very same question; “your name, do you want to be made well?” Sit with that question for a few minutes. Hear Jesus asking it of you.

My friends Jesus came to heal us spiritually, emotionally and physically and to make us whole. What would it be like to be healed of all that afflicts us. Now you, like me, might be saying, O, I’m not sick like the man sitting by the pool of Beth-zatha. Yet, our sins, our brokenness keeps us from fully experiencing the new life God offers us through Jesus Christ.

Today, hear Jesus saying unto you – you are forgiven of all your sins, you are healed and made whole. Go forth and live fully the life God is giving you this day.

Word for Wednesday is humility. Throughout the day do not think of yourself as being better than anyone, only their equal. Walk about with a sense of humility.

O Lord, thanks for coming to heal us and make us whole. May we accept this gift from you and strive to find ways to share it with others. Amen.

Psalm 147:1-11 – 1   Praise the Lord!
How good it is to sing praises to our God;
for he is gracious, and a song of praise is fitting. …

4   He determines the number of the stars;
he gives to all of them their names.
5   Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
his understanding is beyond measure.

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