21 Sep John 5:9-15

Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk.

Now it was the Sabbath on that day. 10 So the Jews were saying to the man who was cured, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not permissible for you to carry your pallet.” 11 But he answered them, “He who made me well was the one who said to me, ‘Pick up your pallet and walk.’” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Pick up your pallet and walk’?” 13 But the man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped away while there was a crowd in that place. 14 Afterward Jesus *found him in the temple and said to him, “Behold, you have become well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse happens to you.” 15 The man went away, and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

Jesus always sees the small glimmer of hope in us and cuts through our hopelessness. He simply tells the cripple to pick up his mat and walk and he is cured. Notice that Jesus did this on the Sabbath which was a day of rest and worship. It is also a celebration to God that He was in the midst of His creation. To carry a bed was against one of the Pharisees regulations, so they confronted the man to remind him of the rules. When asked, he is ignorant of who Jesus is. Jesus finds him and tells him he is totally whole and to stop sinning. Jesus has made us all whole. Maybe we should love Him and serve Him regardless, because man, “Many are invited, but few are chosen.”