NO ONE TO HELP
Read John 5: 1-9
At once the man was cured; he picked
up his mat and walked.
It was the Sabbath. Jesus and the disciples were in
Jerusalem when they encountered a number of people who
were blind, sick, and lame waiting by the pool of Bethesda.
These people believed that its water possessed healing
powers. While walking by the pool, Jesus encountered a man
who had been ill for a long time. Jesus showed mercy to the
man and healed him.
Jesus’ encounter with the man by the pool tugs at my
heart. When Jesus asked him if he wanted to get well, the
man 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.” When I read these words, I picture the
man trying to get into the pool and missing his opportunity
every time — for 38 years — until the day Jesus walked by and
the man’s life changed forever.
This passage from John’s Gospel reminds us that no
matter how hard we try, some things cannot be accomplished
without the help of Christ.
Too often I have tried to
succeed on my own, only to
have someone “[go] down
ahead of me.” Eventually,
Jesus has come along to tell
me to “pick up [my] mat” and to trust his way and his power
for my life.
Prayer: Father God, thank you for being with us; we cannot
make it on our own. Amen.
Sherri Tuck (Virginia)
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE WHO SHOWS ME
THE LOVE OF CHRIST
— John 5: 9 (NIV)
Thought for the Day
Christ stands ready
to help me.