2018 Easter Devotional — March 13

John 5:1-18 (click to view Scripture below)

In this passage, Jesus comes upon a man who is eagerly seeking a miraculous healing. He has a plan, but it requires someone of compassion to give him a hand at just the right moment. Unfortunately, for years and years there was no one willing to lend a hand – until Jesus came. But Jesus didn’t just give the man a little push, He delivered him from his bondage in a miraculous way that went beyond what the man could have asked or imagined. Ironically, the man didn’t even know who it was that healed him. This is a great image of what ChildHope does for children in need. Sponsors from far away, who are often completely unknown, act as the hands of Jesus to lift up children from broken homes and with broken lives and transform everything!

Bill Shrader
Regional Coordinator, Andean Region of South America
Prayer: Lord, thank you for stooping down to show that man compassion. Empower us by your miraculous grace to do the same in your name, to lift up those who are bowed down and transform the lives of those in need.

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John 5:1-18 (ESV)

1After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.

Now that day was the Sabbath. 10 So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” 11 But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’ 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. 16 And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.”

18 This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.

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