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Here we are back that the pool of Bethesda and we hear one of the saddest statements.

Sir, I have no man… ~ John 5:7

My first reaction is “get hold of your self man,” “suck it up,” “quit your whining.”

Then I remember how David prayed in the cave.

(Maskil of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.)

I cry aloud with my voice to the LORD;
I make supplication with my voice to the LORD.
I pour out my complaint before Him;
I declare my trouble before Him.
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,
Thou didst know my path.
In the way where I walk
They have hidden a trap for me.
Look to the right and see;
For there is no one who regards me;
There is no escape for me;
No one cares for my soul.

Psalm 142:1-3

David was honest about how he felt when he prayed, and this did not offend God. God commands that we love Him. He does not command that we feel good about everything that passes through our life, nor that we keep it all to our selves.

God has no problem when we cry out to Him with what feels like hopelessness.

Back in Bethesda, this is not our friend’s first visit to the pool. It sounds like he has been coming, perhaps for years, perhaps for decades. I don’t know how long he had been alone, but he is alone now.

I have no man.

No man cares for my soul

There is no one who regards me

It reminds me of another man:

He has no stately form or majesty
That we should look upon Him,
Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.
He was despised and forsaken of men,
A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face,
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

Isaiah 53:2-3

Jesus gets it.

Jesus steps in.

Jesus heals him.

Jesus restores his dignity.

Man I love Jesus! [Tweet This]

Ben NelsonSee you again soon

Ben

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This post originally ran last August, but it touched me again this morning.

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Here we are back that the pool of Bethesda and we hear one of the saddest statements.

Sir, I have no man… ~ John 5:7

My first reaction is “get hold of your self man,” “suck it up,” “quit your whining.”

Then I remember how David prayed in the cave.

(Maskil of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.)

I cry aloud with my voice to the LORD;
I make supplication with my voice to the LORD.
I pour out my complaint before Him;
I declare my trouble before Him.
When my spirit was overwhelmed within me,
Thou didst know my path.
In the way where I walk
They have hidden a trap for me.
Look to the right and see;
For there is no one who regards me;
There is no escape for me;
No one cares for my soul.

Psalm 142:1-3

David was honest about how he felt when he prayed, and this did not offend God. God commands that we love Him. He does not command that we feel good about everything that passes through our life, nor that we keep it all to our selves.

God has no problem when we cry out to Him with what feels like hopelessness.

Back in Bethesda, this is not our friend’s first visit to the pool. It sounds like he has been coming, perhaps for years, perhaps for decades. I don’t know how long he had been alone, but he is alone now.

I have no man.

No man cares for my soul

There is no one who regards me

It reminds me of another man:

He has no stately form or majesty
That we should look upon Him,
Nor appearance that we should be attracted to Him.
He was despised and forsaken of men,
A man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
And like one from whom men hide their face,
He was despised, and we did not esteem Him.

Isaiah 53:2-3

Jesus get’s it.

Jesus steps in.

Jesus heals him.

Jesus restores his dignity.

Man I love Jesus!

Ben NelsonSee you again soon

Ben

Jesus Heals a Leper

Perhaps the most striking thing about Jesus in this encounter with a leper is that Jesus touched the leper.

And He stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed. ~ Matthew 8:3

The way I hear it, this leprosy was highly contagious. Lepers had to keep their distance. They had to make their presence known so no one would accidentally come too close and expose themselves to this horrid living death. There was no cure for this dread disease, and there was no hope for those who found themselves in its grasp.

Now if you know much about Jesus, or if you read down one paragraph to the next encounter in Matthew 8, you will quickly realize that Jesus did not need to touch anyone in order to heal him. He needed only to ‘speak the word’ and the Father would be pleased to answer His call. I have always loved His statement in the garden when Peter was trying to hack those who came to arrest Jesus into little pieces.

Do you think that I cannot appeal to My Father, and He will at once put at My disposal more than twelve legions of angels? ~ Matthew 26:53

Or in the BLP (Ben’s Loose Paraphrase) “Don’t you know I could pray?”

But Jesus does not simply speak the word. Jesus touches the leper. Jesus takes his clean hands and places them on the putrefying, rotten flesh of a leper.

It strikes me how willing Jesus is to touch death in order to bring life.

I love the way Bill Johnson puts this. In the old covenant if you touch a leper you are unclean, in the new covenant if you touch a leper the leper becomes clean.

Jesus gets this.

I have two take-aways today:

1)    You need to see that Jesus sees your state, and is moved with compassion, and is even now reaching toward you to touch the death in your circumstance and bring life to it.

2)    Once He does it’s your turn. I want you to go out and touch someone’s need today. It has been often said, “Jesus has no hands today, but your hands.” Be the hands that are not afraid to touch someone in need.

BenI am so glad you came by today.

See you again soon

Ben

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