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Urging missionaries and churches to stand
fast in the Last Days
Scripture reading: John 5:2-4 - "Now there is at
Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew
tongue Bethesda, having five porches". (v.3)- "in these lay a
multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the
moving of the water". (v.4)-
"for an Angel went down at a certain season
into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the
troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease
is an Aramic word which means: "House of Mercy".
The Angel "troubled" the
The Greek word is tar-as'-so which
This was the first whirl pool spa set up for the healing of
the human body. Only one person could be healed however and others had
to wait until the Angel came again and agitated the waters.
I have studied this passage
extensively but I am still perplexed by the strange doctrine of
Angelic healing for the human body! I find no other indication in
scripture where God made it a continual practice for humanity. I can
only assume that the spiritual significance is what the Lord want's us
1- God want's us to
know about His mercy.
1- We are all spiritually impotent and
we all need God's mercy.
(A)- Romans 3:23- "We
have all sinned and come short of the glory of God".
(B)- Everyone there was
John 5:3- There was a great
multitude of impotent
folk gathered under the five porches of a pentagon shaped building
which had a
pool in the center. Even the number of porches signifies the grace of
God. From those porches people waited for an opportunity
step into the pool after an Angel came down and agitated the waters.
The multitudes wanted their bodies healed but only one of those people
concerned about his eternal well being. The multitudes today are
impotent, without Christ and doomed to spend an eternity without God
unless they get a vision of their impotent spiritual condition!
2- We are all spiritually blind and we need our eyes opened.
(A)- Unless and until God opens the eyes of a
sinner, they can not understand the born again experience.
Eph. 4:18- "
Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life
of God through the
ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart";
3- We are all halt and
(A)- Money and earthly possessions will merit
nothing when you approach God. Getting your physical body healed will
profit you nothing unless you realize you need spiritual healing.
Rev. 3:17- "
Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have
need of nothing; and
knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind,
4- We all need to make a three choices.
In John chapter 5- The man who had
crippled for 38 years was ask by Jesus to make a Choice.
(1)- A choice for Salvation.
John 5:5-6- " Wilt
thou be made whole"
? That choice was to make Christ
his only hope!
A choice for Service.
John 5:14- "Afterwards Jesus
findeth him in the temple",
John 5:15- "The man departed and,
told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole".
After I was saved, the
first thing I
wanted to do was tell others that
Jesus had made me whole!
I am a little bit concerned when people say
they are saved and never tell anyone about it!
24:15- "Choose you
you will serve". You have to make a decision to
serve the Lord and to live for him.
Serving God is natural for
a born again person as the Holy Spirit leads them.
(3)- A choice for Separation.
John 5:14- "and said unto him,
Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto
Jesus told the man that
made whole to live a separated and consecrated life without sin and if
he did not, a worse thing would come upon him. God's word
gives his children instructions in a number of passages about
living a separated life. Romans 12:1-2 and Hebrews 12:1-2 and Hebrews
6:9- "But, beloved, we are
persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation",...
Separation brings personnel cleansing
for you and will bring your
Deuteronomy 30:19- "I call heaven and
to record this day against
you, that I have
set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: Therefore Choose
Life, that both thou and thy seed may live".
wants us to know there is a Bethesda for each of us.
A "house of
mercy" as revealed in John 5:2.
(1)- INSIGHT IS GIVEN CONCERNING MERCY.
The old testament book of Hosea gives us an
insight into the dispensation of Grace where Christ would seek out a
Bride for himself among the Gentiles. Hosea 2:23- "And I will
have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them
which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou
art my God". I say to that; Glory
to God! We gentile dogs have been given a chance to become children of
(2)- INVITATION IS AVAILABLE TO EVERYONE.
The invitation is all inclusive.
Rev. 22:17- "And the spirit and
the bride say, come. And let him that heareth say, come. And let him
that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of
If you haven't recognized your crippled spiritual condition you need a
Bethesda experience! You need to come to God's house of mercy and ask
for the healing of your soul. You need to repent of your sin and ask
Jesus to come into your heart today and make you a child of His. You
need to testify of what God has done for you as you join fellowship
with other believers and present yourself for believers baptism,
signifying your born again experience. You can then begin to grow in
the grace and knowledge of the scriptures.
BY JAMES T. TYSON SR.