Caption: HELP ME; YOURSELF OH GOD!
‘’And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity THIRTY AND EIGHT YEARS. WHEN JESUS SAW HIM LIE, AND KNEW THAT HE HAD BEEN NOW A LONG TIME [IN THAT CASE], He says unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?..
..The impotent man answered him, SIR, I HAVE NO MAN, when the water is troubled, to put (help, P.U.S.H) me into the pool: but while I am coming, another (with a help & a P.U.S.H) steps down before me.’’ John 5:5-7. The question is, did the impotent man really not have those who could help him?
A careful study of John 5:8-10 reveals that abled men who could help him were there but they refused to help him. They instead wanted him to die there. God needed to help him by Himself. Verse 10 buttresses this fact after his healing: ‘’The Jews (who could have helped him but refused) therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry [thy] bed.’’ What! May God help you.
Action cue: Dear Lord, those who are supposed to help me have refused me help, help me by Yourself.
JESUS IS GOD!
Oluwalana Peter (JSB)