With this newest post I’m finally getting to the last day of content from my original five-day series of devotionals. I think I’ll get two more day’s worth of content out of it.
I saved the best for last: Jesus. I hope you’ve found this series beneficial, and that these final installments give you a perspective on Jesus you’ve not had before.
Jesus is one of history’s most unconventional leaders. He emerged from out of nowhere. He had no MBA. He didn’t attend any leadership seminars. He defied conventional wisdom & the status quo. He sought out the marginalized. His team was not comprised of society’s best and brightest. And yet this man changed the world in a way no one had before or has since or ever will. There’s a reason more has been written about Jesus than any other person who’s ever lived.
“Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, ‘Would you like to get well?’ ‘I can’t, sir,’ the sick man said, ‘for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.’ Jesus told him, ‘Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!’ Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking! But this miracle happened on the Sabbath, so the Jewish leaders objected. They said to the man who was cured, ‘You can’t work on the Sabbath! The law doesn’t allow you to carry that sleeping mat!’ But he replied, ‘The man who healed me told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’’ ‘Who said such a thing as that?’ they demanded. The man didn’t know, for Jesus had disappeared into the crowd. But afterward Jesus found him in the Temple and told him, ‘Now you are well; so stop sinning, or something even worse may happen to you.’ Then the man went and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had healed him. So the Jewish leaders began harassing Jesus for breaking the Sabbath rules. But Jesus replied, ‘My Father is always working, and so am I.’ So the Jewish leaders tried all the harder to find a way to kill him. For he not only broke the Sabbath, he called God his Father, thereby making himself equal with God. So Jesus explained, ‘I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.'” (John 5:1-3, 5-19 NLT)