Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids‚ÄĒblind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, ‚ÄúDo you want to be healed?‚ÄĚ The sick man answered him, ‚ÄúSir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.‚ÄĚ Jesus said to him, ‚ÄúGet up, take up your bed, and walk.‚ÄĚ And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, ‚ÄúIt is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.‚ÄĚ But he answered them, ‚ÄúThe man who healed me, that man said to me, ‚ÄėTake up your bed, and walk.‚Äô‚ÄĚ They asked him, ‚ÄúWho is the man who said to you, ‚ÄėTake up your bed and walk‚Äô?‚ÄĚ Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, ‚ÄúSee, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.‚ÄĚ The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them, ‚ÄúMy Father is working until now, and I am working.‚ÄĚ This was why the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
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Thank You Words can't express what I'm about to say-- but, thank you. As a 20 year old guy who struggles with homosexuality, this has given so much comfort to me, and brought me a peace I never thought I would have. You get it. You hit the nail on the head. I only wish every church understood homosexuality the way you do. I've listened to all your sermons since this one. There's so much comfort in the way you preach, and I thank you for that. I'm about to tear up. I never realized how loved I am, just the way I am, until I came across your sermons. I truly wish I had a friend as understanding as you. Just, thank you.
Ricky Jones has spent the past two years as a church planter and pastor in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Before that, he was a campus minister with Reformed University Fellowship (R.U.F.) for 11 years at Mississippi State and Delta State University. Before that he was a seminary student at...