poolofbethesdaToday, we continue to examine how the kingdom of God was explained in the miracles of Christ Jesus by looking at the healing of the man at the pool of Bethesda.
John 5:Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. Now that day was the Sabbath.
Put simply, the man’s obedience to Christ Jesus facilitated his healing.  This symbolized how we will enter and transform as citizens of the kingdom of God – through obedience.  Obedience enables us to receive salvation and healing directly from the King.  This obedience will appear as foolishness to those who cannot see the kingdom of God, who do not submit to Jesus as Lord.
Luke 17:14 When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed.
As they submitted to the Lord Jesus, healing and cleansing occurred in their lives.  It is this submission that is proof of our kingdom citizenship.