THE SABBATH DAY HEALINGS OF JESUS OF NAZARETH (Continued)
THE HEALING OF THE IMPOTENT MAN
Scripture Reading: John 5: 1-9
1After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.
8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
In this healing by Jesus Christ of Nazareth on the Sabbath, His ministry continues to override every system whether religious or demonic. The scene in this healing is at a pool or a place for washing. The spiritual scene is that Christ and His love for His Church and His giving of Himself for His church, "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word- Ephesians 5:26."
The pool was located at a placed called Bethesda meaning, House of mercy or flowing water. There were five porches enhancing the spiritual scene with a picture of God’s ever-present grace. The scene becomes marred with characteristics of the fallen man for at this wonderful place are those impotent, blind, halt and withered. These ailments would have prohibited one from being in the priesthood of the Old Covenant (Leviticus 21). Christ Jesus, the High Priest after Melchizedek’s Order, was about Father’s business ever mindful that God wanted a kingdom of priests unto Himself.
The focus is on one man who could not help himself. Season after season of the troubling of the water by the angel, the man was unable to partake. An angel is a messenger. Water speaks to the Word. The scene continues with a messenger of God agitating or causing the Word to come alive. When one acts instantly in such a situation, it is what is known in Christendom as a kairos moment. The man was impotent or weak and feeble. He could not respond even in such a powerful moment. His life again pictures an entire nation and how far people can get from the will of God because in Psalm 105:37, we are reminded that there was not one feeble among the children of Israel when God delivered them from the bondage of Egypt.
Jesus Christ of Nazareth is not tied to a certain season. He is the Word made Flesh and filled with the Spirit. He did not touch the man but by the Authority as the Son of God, He said, "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk." Jesus, the Word moving in the Fullness of the Holy Spirit at the Father’s good pleasure, caused this man to have a private kairos moment. As soon as He spoke, the Word or water was given life, and the Spirit went forth and did the work. Seize your moment!