Let’s just visit about Jesus today. Just Jesus. When we read the New Testament in the Bible, especially the Gospels, we are reminded of the many ways Jesus lived among people while on earth. For some he gave them love because everyone else had abandoned them. Then there were those who he personally invited to follow him on his journey to the cross. They visited with him, ate with him and walked with him every day. (That would be an amazing gift.) He also healed. He healed so many people. Some needed physical healing and some experienced spiritual healing. Most of all he took the traditions and the practices that everyone lived by and rearranged them. He changed the rules. There is freedom in rearranging and changing the rules.
This week, I learned how the Gospel of John is different from the other gospels. One of the reasons it is different is because the writer of John wanted people to BELIEVE in Jesus. He wanted people to take a leap of faith and truly BELIEVE instead of only doing things right. John 5:1-9 is a great example of how we need Jesus. In this passage, a crippled man had been sitting by a pool of water for years waiting to be healed. Because of his condition, he was never able to enter the pool of water to be healed. After 38 years of being crippled, Jesus came and healed him. He did not have to enter the water. He simply had to BELIEVE. The rules no longer applied.
I wonder how many of us (or how many people we know) are sitting near the healing power of Jesus, but silly rules are keeping us away from Jesus. Too many “should-ofs” and “could-ofs” keep us sitting by the pool waiting our turn. Jesus works differently when we BELIEVE in him. There is no waiting period or line to stand in to reach Him. His rule is simple…BELIEVE without a doubt and you can exchange your chaotic day for a day of peace. You can drop your anger and pick up pure love. You can find joy even in difficult moments. His way of life takes less energy and offers more fulfillment.
We believe in a lot of things. It is nice to be reminded that it is important to renew our belief in Christ. When we do, everything else just makes sense.
Then Jesus did many other miraculous signs in his disciples’ presence, signs that aren’t recorded in this scroll. But these things are written so that you will believe that Jesus is the Christ, God’s Son, and that believing, you will have life in his name.