Hopeless, vv. 1-4.
- Jesus returned to Jerusalem for a feast.
- Many disabled people hoped for healing at the pool.
- They were trusting in a myth, vv. 3b-4.
- Human nature wants something to trust in.
- There is no lasting hope without Jesus.
Pursued, vv. 5-7.
- Jesus knew all about the disabled man, v. 6.
- Like Nathanael (1:48) and the woman (4:29).
- Jesus singled out this one man for healing.
- He had given up hope: nothing for 38 years.
- He could do nothing for himself, v. 7.
- The message today is the same.
- There is nothing we can do about our sin problem.
- Despite knowing everything, God loves/pursues us.
Changed, vv. 8-9.
- Jesus healed the man, vv. 8-9.
- He walked away completely healed!
- God always equips us to do what He says.
- He turns our hopelessness into purpose.
- Life can never be the same!
Live It Out
Is something happening to make you doubt your value or purpose?
- Read this story again and put yourself in the place of the disabled man.
- Remember that God is seeking to refresh and restore you to hope and purpose.
- Trust God to do what needs to be done in your life.