Arise and Walk!

Isaiah 41:10   “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”

This must have been exactly the condition of Christ Jesus’ thought as he looked at the crippled man at the pool of Bethesda and healed him, as told in John 5:2-9.

“Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these 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 stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt 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. 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.”

Like all persons whom Jesus healed, Jesus never for one second feared his opponent, disease.  As Isaiah recommended centuries earlier, Jesus was never dismayed or afraid of the power of disease, and the false idea of its validity could never have entered Jesus’ mind.  Otherwise he could not have healed it.  Jesus relied steadfastly on the assurance that ALL strength is in God.  Strength is a spiritual quality, and thus cannot and does not reside in the material muscles of the legs or in the body, as it appears to.  Strength remains an incorruptible quality of man’s nature, a nature which indicates the perfect reflection of God’s omnipotence.  By seeing through the lie of a crippled state with his perfect perception of the man’s true identity, free from restriction, Jesus strengthened the man’s concept of his own identity, and thus transformed it from an apparently flawed material state, into a higher spiritual conception of himself. Jesus upheld the man spiritually with the right hand of righteousness, thereby making visible and manifest the perfection and strength which, unbeknownst to him, already were his true nature.  The transformation was then made consciously manifest in his body, the spiritual essence of which was the embodiment of strength.  He rose and walked!  Fear and doubt had up to this point hidden his perception of his God-given spiritual perfection.

Up to this point, the crippled man had falsely believed that in order to be healed he was in need of help external to himself.  He believed that his healing depended upon being lifted into the water, and that he needed to be lifted there by another person, both factors which seemed to be outside of himself and therefore out of his control.  Jesus’ clear perception revealed to the crippled man that the only help needed could always be found within himself.  That recognized, he stood up and walked on his own, victorious over the evil illusions which had bound him for 38 years.

The Christ power is without beginning or end of years, and has been eternally available to mankind, as can be confirmed by these comforting words of Daniel, uttered centuries before the appearance of Christ Jesus:

“ O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee, be strong, yea, be strong. And when he had spoken unto me, I was strengthened, and said, Let my lord speak; for thou hast strengthened me”

And Ephesians 4:7 assures us that the Christ is available to each and every one of us:

“But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ” (emphasis added).

What powerful lessons we can learn by application of these Biblical truths and actions, whenever we are confronted by the frightening claims of evil or disease!

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