Pool of Bethesda
(From a sermon of Bro. Julius Adewumi - 5/15/98)
When I was in college, I opted to go into Computer Engineering and I also selected Communication Engineering because colleagues were saying I might not get a job in Nigeria in Computer engineering. Therefore I requested from my Head of Department to allow me to combine the two disciplines, and he did. Looking back at it, it was the leading of the Lord. It placed me in the midst of the technology of the future. Due to that leading of the Lord, by virtue of my profession, I was able to go online with my Gospel literature at the onset of the internet. I know that the Lord is using the literature to bless many people worldwide. The messages are uniquely different from what other preachers have on the internet.
I want to talk today from John chapter 5.
In John 5 verse 1, "After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem Now there was at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the hebrew tongue Bethesda having five porches. In this lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water. "
"Whosoever then first after the troubling of the water step in , was
made whole of whatsoever disease he had."
That place was like a hospital. They believed that an angel always come down there, and so
the sick people gather there. Wherever you see the sick gather for healing is like a hospital.
Something peculiar you must take note of, in this story, is that the Lord Jesus came into this place that look like an hospital and he only went to one person. Just think of the Lord Jesus entering the hospital overthere, where in every room there are sick people, and He went only to one room, and make the fellow go home, and departed from the hospital. Why was that? Shouldn’t he go into every room and heal everyone and send them all out of the hospital healed? But in Jerusalem on that day, he only went to this man. That was the story.
Verse 5: "And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty eight years.
When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Will thou be made whole?
The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me."
So the man was trying to complain or justify why he had been unfortunate for so long.
"Jesus saith unto him, ‘Rise, take up thy bed and walk.’ And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath."
What is the moral of this story? The Lord went to a single person. It’s like going into the hospital to pray for the sick, and you go straight to one person and pray, and then leave the hospital. Why is that? Actually it is best to be led by the Holy Spirit when doing the Lord’s work. This is what I am trying to point out.
When you are witnessing to people about Christ, let the Lord lead you. When the Spirit of God is leading, He may lead you to just one person whose heart had been prepared to receive the word. "The son of man came to seek and to save that which was lost". The Lord knows they that are his own. If we let him lead us, we will be more productive in our evangelistic outreaches. But if you decide to go to everybody in the street, they may be wasting your time arguing with you. With the Lord’s leading, you may be directed to one single person in the crowd, who will be open to hear and receive the gospel.
It is very important to be led by the Spirit of God. He may lead you to one particular house where the miracle will happen, rather than knocking from door to door.
The Lord may lead you into a street and you are passing by houses until the Lord says "this house". You may knock on the door of the house and there will be somebody who will say "yes, please come in and pray for us." Jesus Christ is still leading people like this, and it is the most effective way of working for the Lord.
To be able to do this successfully therefore, we must be able to hear from the Lord. We must learn to walk in the spirit and be able to listen to the Spirit of the Lord. There are many ways by which the Lord can speak to you. You may be going on a street and the Lord just point out one house to you. You need not receive an audible voice. He may just make your eyes catch a house as if the house is brighter than the rest of the houses, and you will sense in you to go to that house. God leads like that sometimes.
Anyone who will go in the rapture must be able to walk with the Lord like this, as Elijah the prophet walked with the Lord when he told Elisha "the Lord has sent me to Jericho"(2Kgs.2:4).
I pray that the Lord move upon his children worldwide, and help us to be more sensitive to theHoly Spirit, and do exploits.
Behold saith the Lord, "the son can do nothing of himself , but what he seeth the Father do".
And if we are to be sons of God, we must listen and hear him lead us to do what he wants us to do. So shall we prosper in our ways. We need to be able to hear from God and follow his instructions.
I pray that the Lord help us to learn to listen to him and hear him, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Bro. Julius Adewumi
Gospel Distribution Ministry