4th Week of Lent, Tuesday, 2nd April 2019

Daily Word Of God

John 5:1-3a, 5-9, 16

There was a Jewish festival, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now in Jerusalem next to the Sheep Pool there is a pool called Bethesda in Hebrew, which has five porticos; and under these were crowds of sick people, blind, lame, paralysed

One man there had an illness which had lasted thirty-eight years, and when Jesus saw him lying there and knew he had been in that condition for a long time, he said, ‘Do you want to be well again?’ ‘Sir,’ replied the sick man, ‘I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is disturbed; and while I am still on the way, someone else gets down there before me.’

Jesus said, ‘Get up, pick up your sleeping-mat and walk around.’ The man was cured at once, and he picked up his mat and started to walk around. Now that day happened to be the Sabbath. It was because he did things like this on the Sabbath that the Jews began to harass Jesus.

He asked them when the boy had begun to recover. They replied, ‘The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.’ The father realised that this was exactly the time when Jesus had said, ‘Your son will live’; and he and all his household believed.

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • God wants to heal us of our pains and relieve us of our sufferings in life. Can we believe that God is on our side and that He hears every prayer we utter and feel every pain we encounter and hurts we harbour?


  • We all need to be healed physically, emotionally or spiritually. However, we need to trust God more wholeheartedly and let Him heal us in the “best ways and time” that His providence thinks fit.


  • With God all things are possible and if we focus on glorifying, loving and serving Him instead of how much healing we are receiving, then we will not be “in the way” of God’s healing graces.