Sunday of the Paralytic – the dialogue is the most important thing. Audio sermon 2010


John 5:1-15 1 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. 5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? 7 The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. 8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. 10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. 11 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk. 12 Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? 13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. 14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. 15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.

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Sunday of the Paralytic. 4th Sunday of Pascha.
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  1. The Lord's question reminds me of another healing in which the Lord didn't even ask the person if he wanted to be made whole–he asked the blind man, "What do you want me to do for you?" 
    There was a time in my life, not too long ago, in which it seemed that I was being asked this question, constantly….and I did not know the answer.  For the blind man, the answer is obvious–"I want to see!"  But for the one whose soul has been blinded–who is blind even to the reality of his blindness, there is no answer to this question.  I wept each time I was asked and had to answer, "Lord, I do not know."
    And then one day I suddenly awoke to the fact that I was blind.  I could not see but now I knew that I could not see.  At last I knew what I wanted and needed.  At last I was able to cry out, as did the blind man, "Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me!"  Luke 18:38  At last I could answer, "I want to see!"

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