“Lame, in More Ways Than One”
John 5: 15, 16: “The man went away, and told the Jews that it was Jesus Who had made him well. And for this reason the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He was doing these things on the Sabbath.” Phycologists have a great time with this character. He has lots of excuses for remaining lame, and afterward shows no loyalty toward the one who had healed him. Nevertheless, Jesus risked His own security to minister to him. The point today, as with much of this week, is clear: Our role is to minister to all with understanding, regardless of any foibles they may carry around with them.