In this episode, Ross Jaeger, lead pastor at Rivertree Church, discusses John chapter 5 which details a miracle story of a man healed at the Pool of Bethesda. We all are like the man…suffering from an irreversible condition (of sin). Then, Jesus enters in! Before healing the man, Jesus asks the question, "Do you want to be healed?"
It's a question we should all ponder as believers, and Ross helps to describe what Jesus is really asking, and why. Ross' discussion of this story really helped me to see more clearly Jesus' purpose for miracles, and what they mean to the calling of our lives.
When we seek miracles, are we truly seeking the greatest miracle of all? Or are we instead looking to the world to find healing apart from Jesus? If you are in Christ, you have “gotten up”, just like the man once he was healed. The old is behind you and you have the power in you to live differently from this point on.
The purpose of the healing is for holiness. To be different. Don’t make an idol out of your health or miracle. Make your life a life for pursuing Christ. The miraculous work of Jesus in our lives is never just a physical healing, but about living for God, fighting sin, embracing holiness, treasuring Christ, delighting in Him. God loves you too much to give you a healthy body and leave you with a sick soul. That's THE greatest miracle of all!
Bonus material is learning more about Ross, his testimony, his family, and how you, too, can receive this incredible gift of healing and eternal life with your Creator.
I hope this episode and this message blesses you as much as it has blessed me!