How are you? How is your week going? The word of encouragement is coming to you a day early!
This past Sunday, we talked about the healing of the invalid. There are two things that really stuck out to me.
First, we see in v. 6 that Jesus knew the invalid’s suffering. I don’t know about you, but this is so comforting. Jesus knows everything about us, and He knows what we have gone through. He knows the pain in our hearts, and He knows the distress that we have. He knows the sorrow and the difficulty of our circumstances. He knows us.
Not only that, He can sympathize with us, because He has lived and suffered in the brokenness of this world. He knows what it feels like to be weak, to experience physical pain, to feel alone, to be betrayed, to lose everything, and to be ridiculed and mocked. We don’t have a distant Savior. We have one who is walking with us and ministering to us in our need.
Second, we see in v. 7 that this man thinks he has no one. However, this passage shows us that He does not have no one. He has at least One, and that is enough. He has the One who is God the Word made flesh. He has the One who has him. He has the One who is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He has the One who has every detail of the universe under His sovereign reign. He has the One who is the Savior of the world. And that is enough.
We have that One today. If we believe in Him, we can be assured that Jesus is with us. Jesus is for us. Jesus will be with us until the end of the age.
How can Jesus guarantee this? It’s because He went through the ultimate suffering, shaming, outcasting, and separating on the cross for the atonement of our sins. Our sins have been paid in full. It is finished.
Because of this gospel truth, we are able to be healed in our hearts and truly live. By the grace of God, may you be reminded of this truth this week and may you live in life and healing.
See you all on Sunday for Lord’s Day Worship! Please keep in mind Passion Week Early Morning Prayer and also Good Friday Service next week!
In Christ,
Pastor Tim
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