But he answered them, “The man who healed me, that man said to me, ‘Take up your bed, and walk.’” 12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13 Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in the place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well!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.”
I am particularly fond of the fact that Jesus is drawn to our helplessness. There is nothing that this lame man does (or could do) to summon the presence of Jesus, yet Jesus is drawn to His need. This is amazing grace! Grace is everywhere in the gospels and it’s everywhere in my life. Today, I find solace in the fact that Jesus sees me and draws near. Always, always.
I'm struck by verse 13, for it shows that the man had no idea who helped him as Jesus slipped away into the crowd. I wonder how much Jesus is doing in our lives that we don't realize is Him? We live under common grace as we live in the new covenant. We live with God present with us on earth. He is in everything every day. I think we would be shocked if that was suddenly removed. We would realize how much He is in everything, and how much goodness He brings into our lives.
Wow! Love that thought! “We would be shocked .... we would realize how much He is in everything.” That is so good! I can definitely relate to that. It leads me to pray that He’d open my eyes more, to see all that He is doing in my life—and in the lives of those around me.