In the previous post, I spoke about Jesus being our pool. How He gave the man who was impotent for thirty eight years effortless healing. He gave this man hope from the moment He asked him whether he wanted to be made whole. This man for thirty eight years did not have anyone to help him to go into the pool in order for him to be restored.
We have established how this man had fallen deep into the dumps of insecurity, low self-esteem and possibly so much bondage, strongholds and stagnancy. I thank God for His son Jesus. When Jesus delivers, he gets rid of all the grips that keep us from living the life He intends for us to live. If anything, Jesus did not come to keep us under a heavy yoke that He already found us in, if anything, He came to deliver us from any substantial oppression that may have befallen us. John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it in all its fullness,” this is what Jesus came to do, to provide unto us life in its fullness, full of His faith, full of His peace, full of His assurance and confidence. 2 Timothy 1:7 puts it like this, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline,” that is one crucial single-mindedness Jesus is more keen with. This in essence says that if you are timid, Jesus came to replace the timidity with His authority.
Going back to the story of the man at the pool.The incident happened on a Sabbath. The Jewish leaders were feared due to the fact that they were scouting for anyone who broke the law so that they can condemn him/her. The Jewish leaders were feared for their condescending words and extreme condemnation insinuations. So here the Jewish leader ridiculed him, John 5:8, “…it is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”The man who for thirty eight years was in absolute bondage and suffered self-doubt replied with no fear, unquestionably not being timid of these leaders. John 5:11, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ” Now this is the end-product of the perfect encounter with Jesus, our pool of mercy; Jesus, our porch, our rest. This person who had thirsty eight years of solitary, fear and seclusion had all of a sudden gained so much poise that he stood up to the domineering Jewish leaders. He was testifying of Jesus though he did not know His name yet, but just the encounter with Jesus had impacted him greatly. That is the power of Jesus’s encounter, total inward transformation and not psyching yourself into confidence. Ephesians 6:10 “Finally, be strong in the Lord and his mighty power,” Paul is reassuring the church of Ephesis that the best way to be strong is to be strong in the Lord and his mighty power, not your mighty power. This is what this man at the pool was experiencing, after encountering Jesus, and being infected by Jesus wonder working power.
The man who had an encounter with the personified pool of mercy headed to the temple and there he met Jesus and now got to know His name. Just a look at this man, having come to head knowledge of who Jesus was this man went back to the Jewish leaders. He had such audacity that he made his way back to the terrifying Jewish leaders to testify of this name of Jesus. I can envision this man saying, “I can do all things through Christ who infuses my inner strength,” Phillipians 4:13. I bet this is what he would say if he was in the New Testament but the overall prominence of my emphasis is that this man gained such authority by encountering Jesus to an extent of him heading straight to the keepers of the law and officiators to actually tell them about Jesus.
The absolute focus on this sequence from the last post is that Jesus is our confidence, Jesus is our supreme source of confidence, NO, Jesus is our confidence. An encounter with him adds so much poise that you can be able to confidently proclaim of His name. You will have no shame in actually proclaiming His name. Jesus, Our Pool Of Mercy.