Now that day was the Sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed.” But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’” They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.” The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him. And this was why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them, “My Father is working until now, and I am working.” John 5:9b-17 ESV
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through him and for him. And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together. Colossians 1:15-17 ESV
When you get a serious cut in your skin, your body responds to it in a wonderful way so that you can be healed. First of all, the blood vessels near the cut start to close tightly, so that more blood won’t spill out of the area of the cut. Then, the area will become swollen, or inflamed. This means that healthy new cells are rushing to the area. This movement is coordinated, which means that the healthy new cells come to the area of the wound in just the right order. After the bleeding is under control, your body starts to make new tissue to replace the tissue that has been damaged or destroyed. First the underlying tissue, such as blood vessels, are healed, and then new skin is formed to replace what is torn. Your skin comes in several layers, and each layer is remade in just the right way. While all this is going on, proteins form blood clots to prevent the loss of blood while new tissue is put together. God is at work in this amazing healing process, and he never takes a break from his work of holding his creation together and bringing healing and new life.
When Jesus healed the man who had been very sick for 38 years and the man picked up his mat and started walking, the religious leaders were upset because all this had happened on the Sabbath. They asked the man why he was breaking the Sabbath by carrying his mat, and he told them about Jesus, although he didn’t know who the kind stranger had been. When Jesus saw him again, he warned him about the bigger trouble in his life–sin. Being under the power of sin was worse than the terrible sickness he had had. The man went and told the religious leaders that it was Jesus who had healed him, and they were angry with Jesus. But Jesus knew that his Heavenly Father is always working to heal and restore and hold his creation together, and he told the religious leaders that he also was always busy doing the work of his Heavenly Father. He wouldn’t take a break from helping and healing on the Sabbath.
Our Heavenly Father is always available to help us and to hear our prayers–every day of the week. And Jesus died so that our sins could be forgiven, and his forgiveness is there for us each and every day. We can always go to the Lord in prayer and know that he will hear us and answer us in the best way. He brings us healing and help and forgiveness every day and always.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for the way you hold your creation together and bring new life and healing every day. Thank you for your daily forgiveness through Jesus, our Savior. In His Name, Amen.