Later on there was a Jewish feast (festival), and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now in Jerusalem, near the Sheep Gate, there is a pool, which is called in Hebrew (Jewish Aramaic) Bethesda, having five porticoes (alcoves, colonnades). In these porticoes lay a great number of people who were sick, blind, lame, withered, [waiting for the stirring of the water; for an angel of the Lord went down into the pool at appointed seasons and stirred up the water; the first one to go in after the water was stirred was healed of his disease.] When Jesus noticed him lying there [helpless], knowing that he had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to get well?” The invalid answered, “Sir, I have no one to put me in the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am coming [to get into it myself], someone else steps down ahead of me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up; pick up your pallet and walk.” Immediately the man was healed and recovered his strength, and picked up his pallet and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath. JOHN 5:1-4, 6-9 AMP. Many times in our lives we are out of position to receive God’s blessings. All He desires for us are good things, for us and our families. Peter, Andrew, James and John (the fishermen) were in position when Jesus walked by. So was Matthew in his tax collectors booth. All were called by Jesus.The invalid at the pool of Bethesda was FINALLY in position when Jesus walked by. Are you going to be in position when Jesus walks by ? If you weren’t in Jerusalem in 30 AD, you missed a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit. If you weren’t on Azusa Street in 1906, you missed a great revival. King David was out of position when he committed adultery with Bathsheba and murdered her husband. He stayed in Jerusalem when it was customary for kings to go to war. The LORD wants us to stay in position so we receive blessings and bless others.
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