Sometimes, we all need to hear something uplifting, which is what this subject is all about.
Remember that notable day that the Son of God came by your way
Please, as we go along, let your mind run, through the eye of faith back to the days when the Son of God walked this earth, and experience the miracles, he performed, first hand.
I’d love to read along with you on that notable day when Jesus went to the Pool of Bethesda, the pool of five porches.
John 5:1-9 (1) After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
(2) Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
(3) In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
(4) 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.
Can you see this pool in the back of your mind with a great multitude of folks with various afflictions and diseases, waiting there for the Angel to come down and trouble the water, hoping that it would be their day to be healed?
The first person to step into the water after the Angel had troubled it would be healed of whatever affliction they had.
What if it had been you or I who lay there beside the water, waiting for the Angel to come and trouble it so you could be healed?
You can almost see the need and desire on their faces as they come from near and far in search of their healing.
(5) And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
(6) 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?
This man had been in that shape for thirty-eight long years, bound down by an infirmity, seeking his healing.
When Jesus passed by, he saw the man lying there, and he knew this man had been there a long time in that case so Jesus said unto him, “Do you want to be made whole?”
(7) 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.
The impotent man answered, “Sir, I don’t have anyone to carry me into the pool, so when I try to enter the water after it is troubled, somebody always gets there ahead of me and they step into the water before me.”
(8) Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
Jesus didn’t hesitate, he said, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”
(9) And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
One day, the Son of God came by and this man received his healing, so he took up his bed and walked.
It always makes a difference, when Jesus passes by.
It took faith on that man’s part to believe in the Son of God’s words, and put them into action, didn’t it?
Luke 13:11-13 (11) And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.
(12) And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.
(13) And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.
For eighteen long years, this woman had suffered this awful affliction, but on this notable day, the Son of God came by and had compassion on her.
Jesus called her to him and said, “Woman, you are loosed from your infirmity,” then he laid his hands on her, and immediately, she was healed and went away glorifying God.
Something wonderful always happens when Jesus passes by.
Luke 7:11-16 (11) And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people.
Jesus went down to the city of Nain, and carried his disciples with him, along with many other people.
(12) Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.
As Jesus came near the Gate of the city, a dead man was being carried out.
The dead man was the only son of a widow woman and many of the people from the city accompanied her.
Oh, but listen, on that day, the Son of God came by her way!
(13) And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not.
When Jesus saw the woman, he had compassion on her and he said, “Don’t weep.” Now, watch what happened when Jesus passed by.
(14) And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise.
Jesus came and touched the bier, and the people who carried the young man stopped and Jesus said unto the man, “Young Man, Arise,”
(15) And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother.
The dead man sat up and began to speak; Jesus delivered him to his mother.
Something wonderful always happens when Jesus passes by.
Don’t you know that woman did much rejoicing?
(16) And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.
A great fear came on the people and they began to glorify God and said that a great Prophet had risen up among them and that God had visited his people.
Can you see that something wonderful always happens when Jesus passes by?
Luke 8:43-48 (43) And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,
This woman had been afflicted for twelve long years with an issue of blood; she had spent everything on Doctors, but none could heal her.
This was a very special day for this woman because the Son of God was passing her way, so the woman made her way through the crowd, and watch this.
(44) Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched.
This woman came behind him and touched the border of his garment, and immediately, the flow of blood stopped.
Something wonderful always happens when the Master Physician comes your way.
This is the same woman Matthew; the 9th chapter told about, she said, “If I can just touch the hem of his garment, I will be healed.”
Folks, this woman didn’t expect a big commotion to be made over her but she had a very strong desire to be healed.
(45) And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me?
Jesus knew that somebody had touched him and he asked, “Who touched me?”
Everybody denied that they had touched him, so they answered, “Master, look at all these people gathered around you, and you ask us, “Who touched me?”
(46) And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
Jesus said, “Somebody touched me, because I felt Virtue go out of my body.”
(47) And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately.
When the woman saw that she was not hidden, she fell down at the feet of Jesus and told him, before all the people, how she had been healed of the issue of blood, immediately.
(48) And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
Something I want you to notice here, Jesus told the woman, “Daughter, be of good comfort: Your faith has made you whole, you go in peace.’
If this woman hadn’t had the faith that Jesus could heal her, if she hadn’t made the effort to press her way through the crowd and touch the hem of his garment, she would not have received her healing.
Folks, it always makes a difference when Jesus passes by!
Now, let’s look at Lazarus being restored back to natural life.
John 11:30-44 (30) Now Jesus was not yet come into the town, but was in that place where Martha met him.
Jesus had not entered into the town yet, but he was at the place where Martha met him.
(31) The Jews then which were with her in the house, and comforted her, when they saw Mary, that she rose up hastily and went out, followed her, saying, She goeth unto the grave to weep there.
The Jews who were there with her in the house comforted her when they saw Mary; that she’d risen up quickly and went out, they followed her and said, “She’s going to the grave to weep.”
Oh, but listen, something wonderful always happens when Jesus comes your way.
(32) Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.
Consider the sorrow that must have been in this woman’s heart, her brother Lazarus had died, so she came to Jesus, fell down at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.”
(33) When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,
When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews, which were with her, were also weeping, he was troubled and groaned in the spirit.
(34) And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
Jesus said, “Where have you laid him? They answered, “Come and see.”
(35) Jesus wept.
This is the shortest verse in the Bible, but it’s one of the most powerful.
(36) Then said the Jews, Behold how he loved him!
The Jews said, “Behold, look how much Jesus loved Lazarus.”
(37) And some of them said, Could not this man, which opened the eyes of the blind, have caused that even this man should not have died?
Some of the Jews asked, “Couldn’t this man, who opened the blinded eyes, couldn’t he have stopped Lazarus from dying?”
(38) Jesus therefore again groaning in himself cometh to the grave. It was a cave, and a stone lay upon it.
(39) Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days.
When Jesus came to the grave where Lazarus was laid, he told them to roll the stone away.
Martha, the sister of Lazarus said, “Lord, he’s already been dead for four days, by now, he will be stinking.”
(40) Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God?
Jesus said to Martha, “Didn’t I tell you that if you will believe, you would see the glory of God?”
(41) Then they took away the stone from the place where the dead was laid. And Jesus lifted up his eyes, and said, Father, I thank thee that thou hast heard me.
They rolled away the stone which covered the door of the place where Lazarus was laid, and Jesus lifted up his eyes and prayed, “Father, I thank you, that you have heard me.”
(42) And I knew that thou hearest me always: but because of the people which stand by I said it, that they may believe that thou hast sent me.
Jesus prayed to his Father, “I know that you always hear me, but I said those things for the benefit of the people standing by so that they will believe that you have sent me.”
(43) And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
Can you see and hear the Son of God as he stood outside the grave and said with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”
Do you know why Jesus called Lazarus by name? Because if he hadn’t specified that it would be Lazarus to come forth, he had the power to call them all out, but he specified that only Lazarus would be raised from the dead and restored back to natural life.
(44) And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
I can almost see Lazarus as he came forth from the grave, bound hand, and foot with grave clothes, and a napkin bound about his face, and Jesus said, “Loose him and let him go.”
It always makes a difference, when Jesus passes by!
Folks, perhaps you need a touch of the Master’s hand, maybe you need to be healed of a sickness or an affliction, or delivered from the ravages of addiction. Put your trust in Jesus, it always makes a difference when Jesus comes your way.
Luke 8:26-35, 41, 42, 49, 56
(26) And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee.
(27) And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.
When Jesus went forth to land, a man who dwelt in the tombs, which had been possessed with devils for a long time, came to meet him.
This man didn’t wear any clothes, and he didn’t live in any house, rather he dwelt in the tombs
(28) When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not.
When this man saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and cried out with a loud voice, “What do I have to do with you, Jesus, thou son of God, I beg of you, don’t torment me.”
Folks, notice here, this man had sense enough to know who Jesus was, and also notice, this man desired to be delivered, How do I know that? Because when he saw Jesus, he went out to meet him.
Another thing, that wasn’t that man doing the talking, it was those devils that were in him, talking to Jesus.
If you’ll bear with me, I’ll prove that right shortly. Read on:
(29) (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.)
Think about being in this shape, this man was possessed with many devils, the bible called them unclean spirits; those devils were so strong that, even though they had bound him with chains and fetters, he would just break them apart, and he had been driven into the wilderness by those unclean spirits.
(30) And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.
Jesus asked the man, “What is your name?” The man answered, “My name is legion,” for many devils were entered into him.
Can you see that those devils were causing that man to say those things?
(31) And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.
And they (those devils) besought (Begged) Jesus that he wouldn’t command them to go out into the deep.
Can you see that those devils were talking to Jesus? Sometimes, a person who is bound by an unclean spirit will do and say things that that person wouldn’t normally say.
(32) And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them.
Watch this herd of swine, (Hogs, in our terms) watch happened to them, also notice, these unclean spirits asked Jesus to allow them to go into the herd of swine, and Jesus allowed it.
(33) Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.
Those devils left that man and entered into that herd of swine, and the hogs ran down a steep place and were choked. (They were drowned in the sea.)
Note: Even those hogs had more sense than a lot of people; those hogs would have rather died than be possessed by those devils.
Some people don’t seem to think they need help, but usually, the ones who think they don’t need it are the very people who need it the most.
(34) When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country.
The people who fed the swine were so afraid, that when they saw what had happened to the swine, they fled, and went and told it all over the city and countryside.
(35) Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.
Now, folks, there is something right here that is very important for you to see.
Notice that when they came out to see what had happened, they found this man, Legion, whom Jesus had delivered of the devils sitting at the feet of Jesus,
Now watch this, clothed and in his right mind, showing you that if you want to go around naked, or half naked, you are NOT in your right mind.
I heard a man say one time, “Well, I reckon if fig leaves were good enough for Adam and Eve, my wife’s bikini covers more than their fig leaves.”
That sounds like an awfully good argument until you understand that fig leaves might have been good enough for Adam and Eve, but the fig leaves were certainly NOT good enough for God. How do I know that?
Simple, the Word of God says that God took animals, took the skins off them and made coats for Adam and Eve.
Ain’t that purty?
Now, let’s study a little bit about the daughter of Jairus, a ruler of the synagogue.
(41) And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus’ feet, and besought him that he would come into his house:
This man, Jairus, came to Jesus, fell down at his feet and begged, that Jesus would come to his house:
(42) For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.
The twelve-year-old daughter of Jairus was dying, but as he went, the people thronged him. (Pushed in tightly around him, had him surrounded)
(49) While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.
While he was yet speaking, a message came from the Ruler’s house, saying that the girl is dead, don’t bother the Master.
(50) But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
When Jesus heard that the girl was dead, he answered them, “Don’t worry, just believe and she will be made whole.”
(51) And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in, save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden.
When Jesus came into the house, he wouldn’t allow anyone to go in, except Peter, James and John, and the girl’s Father and Mother.
(52) And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth.
Everyone was weeping and bewailing her, but Jesus said, “Don’t weep, this young lady is not dead, she is only sleeping.”
(53) And they laughed him to scorn, knowing that she was dead.
(54) And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise.
Jesus put them all out; you may wonder why he put them out.
Their unbelief would have hindered the prayers Jesus prayed there in that room.
Jesus took the young lady by the hand, and called, saying, “Maid, Arise.”
(55) And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat.
Don’t you know, those parents were praising God for the power Jesus had to raise their daughter back to her natural life, again?
(56) And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.
Her parents were astonished; like you or I would be, but Jesus asked them not to tell anyone what had happened.
Listen to the words that Jesus taught them.
(12) Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.
Jesus said unto them, “I’m telling you that any man who believes on me, these works that you see me do, that man shall do also, but he shall do even greater works because I go to my Father.
Jesus told them in John 14:16, that when he went back to heaven, he would pray the father, and the father would send another comforter, which would be the Holy Ghost, and he would abide with them forever.
Something here you need to see: As long as Jesus was on this earth, HE was the comforter, but he was leaving this earth, so he would send back another comforter, which is The Holy Ghost.
(13) And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
Jesus said that whatsoever you ask in his name, he would do it, so that the father would be glorified in the son.
(14) If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
(15) If ye love me, keep my commandments.
Do you love Jesus, if you do; Jesus said to keep his commandments.
One more quick place,
John 15:14 Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you.
This subject is something that I wanted to share with you, hoping you might get as much a blessing out of it, as I enjoyed while putting it together.
My desire is to help someone find that resting place in Jesus, where you can find the peace that only the Son of God can provide.
Please pray for this old man that after the lord is done with me on this side of life, my feet will be planted on the streets of that city that is made without hands
May God bless you in all your endeavors for him,.
Remember, it always makes a difference when Jesus passes by!
May God bless you and smile upon your pathway,
“Uncle Buddy” Simmons
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