4th LORD’S SUNDAY FROM RESURRECTION (AC 9:32-42, JN 5:1-15)
“Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 In Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate there is a pool with five porches in Haramaic called Bethsaidha. 3 A large crowd of sick people were lying on the porches-the blind, the lame, and the paralyzed, waiting for the moving of waters. 4 From time to time an angel of the Lord would come down and stir up the waters. The first one into the pool after each such stirring would be cured of whatever disease they had. 5 A man was there who had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6 Jesus saw him lying there, and He knew that the man had been sick for such long time. So He asked him. Do you want to get well? 7 The sick man answered. Master, I have no one to help into the pool when the water is stirred. While Iam trying to get in, some-one else gets there first. 8 Jesus said to him. Get up, pick your mat, and walk. 9 Immediately the man got well. He picked up his mat and started walking. The day this happened was a Sabbath. 10 So the Jewish authorities told the man who had been healed. This is a Sabbath and it is against our law for you to carry your mattress. 11 The healed answered. The man who made me well told me to pick up my mattress and walk. 12 They asked him. Who is this man who told you to do this? 13 But the man who had been healed did not know who Jesus was. For He had slipped away into the crowed…”
Chief Commemorated Persons: paralyzed unknown man at Bethzaidha, paralyzed Aeneas at Lydda, the beloved resurrected Tabitha, also known as Dorcus, at Joppa.
One perspective of the Christian Faith is the healing ministry. Because with our many sins (Jn 5:14), our bodies are becoming more and more sick.
Jesus Christ the Lord healed the paralytic unknown man at Bethzaidha pool, near the Sheep Gate of Jerusalem. Among the many blind, lame, dumb, deaf and paralyzed, this man was on his bed for 38 years. The Lord knew his suffering and came purposely to heal and cure him from all suffering: “Wake up, get your mat and walk” I Christ ordered the unknown man… The Jewish system was defending law of Sabbath rather than the godly intervention in the life of men.
Jerusalem being the center of activities Simon Peter went to Lydda, 25 kilometers west, where there were some believers. Aeneas, who was paralyzed for 8 years on bed, become cured, when Peter said: “Jesus Christ makes you well”! (Ac 9:34). Almost the same occurred in Joppa (10 kilometers from Lydda), where another community of believers was growing. A beloved and helper of every believer there died, Tabitha or Dorcus, From Lydda Peter went to Joppa, and prayed warmly in the name of Christ: “Tabitha gets up”!
Jesus told the healed. “Listen! You are well now. So, stop sinning, or something worse may happen to you! (v 14). In the life of humans, God’s intervention is ever existing, but invisibly from the spiritual realm.