Jesus once made a remarkable visit. We read about it in the Gospel of John, Chapter 5. There was a festival in Jerusalem. It appears that His disciples were down-town Jerusalem. But Jesus took it upon himself to make this sick-call in Bethesda. It was there that His eye fell on a man who was lying there, paralyzed as he was, probably from his waist down.
It was a wonderful thing that Jesus healed him. The man walked! Imagine, all these years lying, never walking. Yes, a remarkable miracle! But what was also very remarkable was that Jesus knew that he had been there for "a long time".
The verb "to know" as used here, comes close to our word understanding. Literally: "stand under". Jesus placed his shoulders under that man's burden. Jesus took his place.
Jesus "knew".... And because He knew, He spoke. Jesus gave His word... Jesus IS the Word... By speaking Jesus gave Himself.
Halleluiah, what a Savior! He knew! He spoke!
We know so little about each others' burdens. The heavier your burden the more you wished you were surrounded by understanding. Jesus does understand your burden...
A great deal of 2016 lies still ahead of us. We don't know what the future will bring. But Jesus knows. Let's resolve to travel with Jesus.
There is still a detail that the Apostle John adds to this account. In verse 14 of this chapter we read that this man, now healed, is found in the Temple. He apparently felt a need to thank God, to be in His presence. And the presence of His people.
So, look at the Savior. He knows your burden.
Look at this man. He believed, he belonged, he was healed, and he thanked God!