By His Grace

Re:Verse passage – John 5:1-24 (day four)

Why did Jesus choose the veteran invalid to be healed?  38 years is a long time to be sick.  A long tenure of illness often times breeds a sense of hopelessness for ever being well again.  Jesus asked the lame man if he wanted to be made well.  There was no expectation of the man that Jesus was about to heal him.  He appears to know very little about Jesus and did not even know his name when questioned by the Jews. Surely there were others on the porticoes trying to be healed, yet we only have a record of this one man being healed.  The only explanation for his healing is the sovereign grace of God.

In verse 19, Jesus says that He can only do what He sees the Father doing.  Jesus acts in like manner to the Father.  It was the choice of God the Father to heal this lame man.  Not because he was more worthy…not because he had pleaded with the Lord…not because he demonstrated great faith…it was God’s sovereign choice.  This miracle was one more sign of the integral relationship between God and Christ.  Does your life demonstrate that type of relationship with God?

Author: Larry Soape

Larry Soape is the Associate Pastor for Median & Senior Adults, and Missions at FBCSA.

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