Today’s Reading: John 5:1-23
One way that you can understand the heart of another is asking the question, “What drives that person?” To really determine what makes a person tick is to examine where they spend their time. As we examine the life of Jesus, we will discover that most of His time was not spent at the Temple where most religious leaders focused on their activities. Nor, did He spend most of His time with the Social elite crowd who could have certainly helped His ministry both financially and politicly. Instead, we find Jesus placing Himself in the midst of hurting people.
In today’s reading, we find him at the pool of Bethesda. The first person in the pool after the stirring would be healed of any infirmity. With this belief brought multitudes of hurting and desperate people who hoped for anything to bring them help. Can you imagine multitudes of lame, blind, and grossly disfigured people in one place? Most of the religious leaders stayed away from this place in fear of touching a person with an infirmity. Yet this is exactly where Jesus found Himself as He had a heart for hurting people.
Not only was Jesus there but, Jesus desires to help those who cannot help themselves (5:5-9). There is an old saying, “God helps those who help themselves.” Have any of you ever used it? I am sure I have. This saying is so prominent that many probably think it is right out of Scripture. But nothing could be farther from the truth. Sure, God has called us all to lives of responsibility and in areas that He has equipped us to help ourselves we are to do just that. But each of us will at times in our lives find ourselves in situations that are beyond our own help.
This is where Jesus plays such an important role. He has come to help those who cannot help themselves. This is the very reason that He stepped out of heaven. If we could help ourselves in every matter then we would have no need of Jesus.