Get Well

Dear Wounded and Well,

The man at the pool of Bethesda just wanted Jesus to take him down to the water (see John 5). But Jesus had a better idea. He wanted the man to have a new identity in Christ. Jesus asked him, ”Do you want to be made well?" (John 5:6)

“Do you want to be made well?” Most of us answer with a firm “no,” at least for some period of time. We don’t want to give up the TV addiction, poor time management, pornography, the marijuana, the excessive alcohol, the infidelity, drugs, the wrong food, or whatever is keeping us from ”being made well.”

Eugene Peterson, noted author and theologian, says too many people desire to be identified by their problems. Peterson says this about individuals who dwell on their problems, ”They want people to look at them and feel sorry for them or to help them. They don’t need that. They need a friend. And if we let people define themselves in terms of problems then they get defined in our minds as problems.”

“Do we want to be made well?” The issue is not ultimately solving our problems. We are made well when we let Jesus know we want to be made well through a relationship with him.

“Do you want to be made well? “ Are you ready to reorder your life anew and place your identity in Christ Jesus?

Read John 5 for further reflection.

At this Sunday's worship, we welcome Pastor and Artist Max Frost, who will talk about his adventures with Christ during his recent trip to Nicaragua with “Love Light and Melody.”

 

Still in one peace,
Pastor David J. Jensen


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