Time scars

November 16, 2017

“One man had been an invalid there for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him stretched out by the pool and knew how long he had been there, he said, “Do you want to get well?” John 5:5-6 The Message

It may be one of the hardest questions you face: “Do you want to get well?”. It erodes all barriers and defenses. It washes away all blame. It exposes composted anger. It strips away all pretense. Jesus doesn’t confront the man or try to convince him. He doesn’t simply heal him and walk away. Who dares to ask such a question to someone in pain .. suffering .. living day in and day out with no expected recovery or healing? It could even appear cruel on the surface. But Jesus was in fact clearing away all distractions and disabilities to speak to this man whole. He probably hadn’t been addressed as a whole man in years. The same faces saw him everyday .. but really didn’t see him. He was just part of the day’s landscape. It’s easy to become that person when pain and scars offer nothing new for today. It’s easy to see a person who suffers as less-than. Affection and affirmation run dry. Prayers go unanswered. Hopelessness waits because there is nothing else. And time doesn’t bring relief. Thirty eight years is a long time to be stepped around and passed around. It happens physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Jesus takes all the time needed until you hear His voice speaking to you as whole: “Do you want to get well?”. He asks marriages run aground. He asks the dismissed, discounted, and diseased. He asks you the same question. Why now? How much? What do I have to do? Our defenses instantly push back against the One who knows what sickness really is. He asks the question because He wants you to be whole. He knows the true value of your life. It’s why He’s come. “Do you want to get well?” It only takes a moment …

“He was despised and rejected by men, a man of suffering who knew what sickness was. He was like someone people turned away from; he was despised, and we didn’t value him.” Isaiah 53:3 Christians Standard

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Jesus Followers (kchesterp1@gmail.com) Notes from The ScarFinder

 

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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