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Power of Suffering

2-28-2014 – At this moment the man did not know who Jesus was, just what he had done. Somewhat later Jesus sees the man in the temple. Approaches him, introduces himself and tells him the reason for his illness. Then Jesus warns him if he returns to his sin something worse will happen to him. What sin? What was Jesus referring to? Obviously the man immediately knew his sin. No doubt it is his self-centered life style. Perhaps a life of blaming others while at the same time living off their generous gifts.  

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Power of Suffering

2-27-2014 – All the healed man could say was that the one who healed him told to take up his bed and leave. That ends the conversation. Unlike the situation in John 9 these people appear to have no further interest in the man. Perhaps they too were put off by his behavior. Never the less, they leave him. 

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Power of Suffering

2-22-2014 – Having compassion Jesus heals the man. The man jumps up and carries his bed and walks off. This event takes place on the sabbath just as the miracle with the blind man in John 9. Both men are confronted by Jews who demand to know why they are doing that which is unlawful to do on the Sabbath.

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Power of Suffering

2-20-2014 – Jesus was aware of his selfishness. The man had been here 38 years and in that time had not cultivated one friendship. Soon we find out just how narcissistic this person really is.

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Power of Suffering

2-14-2014 – The man: The text says the man had been here 38 years. He was in the company of many who were blind, paralyzed, lame, just a multitude of invalids. Jesus sees the man. He knew he had been there for a long time. He knew why he was here. Jesus also knew some other things about the man.

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Power of Suffering

2-13-2014 – Discovering the root cause of illness is critical to the healing process as we will see here.

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Power of Suffering

2-12-2014 – Actually, the situation is much like what we find happening today. Many people put there trust in the healing properties of physicians with no regard to the will of God.

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