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John 5:9 "And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath."

The Word of God is very precise. It leaves no room for doubt. Our verse of focus states that immediately the impotent man was made whole. Jesus, who perfectly fashioned and created the man, immediately brought restoration to him. The man's healing was a result of Jesus' compassion and unfailing love for mankind. When Jesus posed the question in verse 6, He did so because He was deeply touched by the man's infirmity. Having received the miraculous healing, the man explicitly obeyed God's command. He took up his bed and walked. Jesus spoke and the man responded accordingly.

Sin has broken us in so many ways. Jesus is the only One who replaces our brokenness with wholeness. Such replacement comes, when we decide to turn to Jesus in obedience. Jesus desires that we obey His commands without question, that is to take Him at His word. Psalm 119:105 tells us that God's Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our path. Partial obedience of God's Word is still disobedience. We have to obey fully in order to experience the impact of the lighted path. Jesus instructed the man to carry out three actions, which he did. The man was blessed as he took up his bed; he was renewed as he walked.

At that transformational

moment, the man's sorrow was replaced with happiness; his suffering gave way to joy; his pain certainly surrendered to praise. We can experience the relief that only Jesus can supply, as we willingly obey His voice. Listen to Jesus' voice and be blessed abundantly.

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