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No More Excuses (4 of 8)
Series: It's All About Jesus
Pastor Jeff Schreve
If you have your Bible, please turn to John chapter 5, John chapter 5. I want to read to you the story of the healing at Bethesda.
John chapter 5, verse 1. The Scripture says this: "After these things there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticos (or five porches). In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered waiting for the moving of the waters. For an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water. Whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted? And a certain man was there who had been thirty-eight years in his sickness. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had been there a long time in that condition, He said to him, Do you want to get well? The sick man answered him, Sir; I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up. But while I am coming, another steps down before me. Jesus said to him, Arise, take up your pallet, and walk. And immediately the man became well and took up his pallet and began to walk." A great, great story, a great miracle in the Word of God.
Now let me ask you a question as we get into this Scripture. How many people in this room have ever seen the television show, "The Biggest Loser?" Can I see your hand? You've seen "The Biggest Loser." You know, "The Biggest Loser" is really, really popular, and it's a play on words, because who wants to be a loser. You know, if you're 500 pounds, you want to be a biggest loser, right? And it's all about people who are grossly obese. And they go on this diet, and they go on this exercise program, and they have these people yelling at them and pushing them and pushing them and pus ...
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