1這事以後，到了猶太人的一個節期，耶穌就上耶路撒冷去。 2 在耶路撒冷，靠近羊門有一個池子，希伯來話叫作畢士大，旁邊有五個廊子； 3 裏面躺著瞎眼的、瘸腿的、血氣枯乾的許多病人。（有古卷加：等候水動； 4 因為有天使按時下池子攪動那水，水動之後，誰先下去，無論害甚麼病就痊癒了。） 5 在那裏有一個人，病了三十八年。 6 耶穌看見他躺著，知道他病了許久，就問他說：「你要痊癒嗎？」 7 病人回答說：「先生，水動的時候，沒有人把我放在池子裏；我正去的時候，就有別人比我先下去。」 8 耶穌對他說：「起來，拿你的褥子走吧！」 9 那人立刻痊癒，就拿起褥子來走了。
1Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews. 2Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesdaand which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 5One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, "Do you want to get well?" 7"Sir," the invalid replied, "I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me." 8Then Jesus said to him, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk." 9At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,
- What stands out and draws my attention in this passage? Do I deeply desire to experience wholeness of mind or spirit because of my wounded-ness lately? Or do I find myself questioning whether Jesus really can heal a physical sickness – either my own or someone else’s?
- Ask Jesus what he has specifically for me that calls for healing. Talk to God about what I hear. (Allowing Jesus to bring healing might require letting go of something that may hurt a lot to release, and may not think I’m ready for it right now. Or I desire freedom and wholeness, but feel stuck, imprisoned, fragmented. Or in this moment I find myself ready for my healing.)
- If the time with Jesus and God’s message today moved me the tiniest bit closer to wholeness, rejoice. If not, simply let things be. Continue talking to Jesus about my situation, being alert to what he has for me.
Prayer & Journaling:
Stay with God for a little longer. Continue to converse with God and listen to what he wants to tell me. Then write down any thought and/or prayer in the 2012 “Spiritual Journal” book.