Bible Marginalia Series- #45
The first day of 2015 started out with trekking
all over Jerusalem.
One of the places visited was the pool of Bethesda.
The story of where Jesus
asks the man who had been there for 38 years-
"Do you want to be healed?"
Nothing changes Bible reading
more than having the picture in my mind
of exactly where this story took place
The significance of the words-
"up to Jerusalem".
Though Jerusalem was south of the Galilee,
it was uphill all the way.
Taking the story
and adding the notes broken into sections.
Colored pencils define the breaks.
where the sheep
were washed in purification rites
Jesus was in full-healing mode.
He had just been in Cana in the Galilee,
and healed the Capernaum official's son.
His healing power
transcends physical presence.
The story is being revealed
in this Jesus who is Equal with God.
And He interrupts my daily struggle
to bring these words of healing-
"Get up, MAKE YOUR BED,
and walk into your day- WITH ME.
I bring soul-healing."
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