~ Jesus Christ Seeks Out Even Those Not Seeking Him ~
General Comment~When Jesus saw there was always an appropriate reaction and in each case we can learn from the event.
Today’s Scripture~“After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda,having five porches.In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water.For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, ‘Do you want to be made well?’The sick man answered Him, ‘Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk.’And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked” (John 5:1-9).
Application ~Man does not seek God.Jesus said, “And this is the condemnation, that the light [Jesus Christ] has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed" (John 3:19-20).
Jesus Christ is actively seeking followers.“And Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost’” (Luke 19:9-10).
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