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52 Healing Scriptures – John 5:8-9

John 5:8-9, Christ heals the man at Bethesda

John 5:8-9 New King James Version (NKJV)

Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.

And that day was the Sabbath.

In this scripture, Jesus heals the man at the Pool of Bethesda, in Jerusalem. It is a very popular scripture that tells a wonderful story of the Masters compassion and mercy. The text also illustrates how a religious spirit can cause us to overlook the move of God.

What are the lessons on healing that can be learnt from this scripture?

There were many sick people lying near to the pool.  They had various sicknesses and diseases; some were crippled, blind, missing a limb, had withered limbs, etc. Jesus may have passed them several times but on this day He choose this man to heal him.

Why was only this man picked out from all the others?

Jesus must have perceived that he had faith to be healed. The man’s response to Jesus reveals his focus was on the water. The Lord must have realized that in his heart he desperately wanted to be healed. However, he did not know how to receive his healing.

He thought that the water was the only option available for the power of God of God to work in His life. He was bound by the tradition. He, like most of them, thought that healing would only be received if he was lowered in the water, after the angel released the anointing of God in it (verse 4).

Jesus had to get him to refocus. To understand in his heart that his desperate situation could be answered by God without him going into the water. God responds to the earnest desire of the heart. This is what God answered for this man, for him to be healed.

When we examine the details of the event we will see that there are many keys we can learn about healing, that this incident discloses. These are:

  1. Believe, in your heart, that Jesus is a healer. That He never changes and will heal us today just as He did many years ago. Read the scriptures on healing to build faith if it is weak and confess your faith daily. (Hebrews 13:8; Hebrews 11:6)
  2. Faith requires action on our part (verse 8).  The Lord will require that we move in faith before the healing is manifested. (James 2:14-26)
  3. Doubt can cause you to lose your healing (verse 10-12).  After receiving your healing be careful to whom you mention your healing. Traditionalist or unbelievers will speak against it and cause you to doubt.  Doubt can cause the illness to come back on you.
  4. Retaining your healing requires that you do not doubt, your healing (verse 15). Doubt, wavering, disbelief and unbelief are hindrances to your healing. These will rob you of your healing. So the manifestation is only temporary. Sometimes the devil tries to trick us by causing the illness to come back. If it does exercise faith and rebuke it. Refuse to accept it. Declare that you are already healed. Tell the illness it does not have legal authority in your body. And command it to go, in the name of Jesus.
  5. It is important to abstain from sin to retain your healing (verse 14).  Forgiveness of sins is always given when healing is received. “See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.” Sin gives sicknesses and disease legal access to our body. Always be quick to confess your sin and repent.

Hebrews 13:8 (NKV)
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.

Hebrews 11:6 (NKV)
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.

Mark 11:23 (NKV)
For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

Please read John 5:1-15

Photo credit: Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons {by Carl Heinrich Bloch, 1883 – Christ Healing the Sick at Bethesda}

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