Who to Listen to?

Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.  And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.  The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.  He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.

John 5:8-11

After Jesus healed the impotent man who had been sitting at the pool for years, He told him to “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.”  So, the man wisely did as he was told.  He rose, took up his bed, and walked.  It was a glorious miracle.  But, of course, the Jews who were in authority found a problem with this situation.  They told him that “It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.”  They were very good at observing the outward points of the law, but not very good at helping, or even caring about, people.

This man had just been healed and was obeying the Lord and carrying his bed.  When confronted by these Jews, he gave them a great answer: “He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk.”  Jesus healed me.  I am doing what He told me to do.  Period.  When confronted with a decision to follow either Jesus (the One Who helped and healed him instantly) or the Jews (who had never lifted a finger to help him in all his years of needing it), he made a wise decision.  He followed the One who made him whole.

Whenever a controversy arises between what Jesus would have us to do and what men would have us to do, we know who to follow.  We obey Jesus: all the time and every time, just like this man did.

2 responses to this post.

  1. Praying to follow Him each day, Ben! Thanks and God bless you!

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