Posted by on Aug 30, 2019

Lyft – Need a Lyft? #1

 

Scripture Reference: John 5:1-8

What is Lyft?

It is a Ride Share business like Uber or Grab.

Lyft, Inc. is a transportation network company based in San Francisco, California and operating in 640 cities in the United States and 9 cities in Canada. It develops, markets, and operates the Lyft mobile app, offering car rides, scooters, and a bicycle-sharing system.

Lyft is now worth $15.1 billion.

 

What if your breakthrough is as simple as a sharing a bicycle? What if the Lyft you need is as simple as a scooter.

 

1Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals.Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.

(Some manuscripts include here, wholly or in part, paralyzed—and they waited for the moving of the waters. From time to time an angel of the Lord would come down and stir up the waters. The first one into the pool after each such disturbance would be cured of whatever disease they had.)

One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

 

Why was Lyft created? People were in a place where they no longer needed to be and don’t have the means of transportation to get to where they need to be.

 

Some of you came here this morning needing a Lyft.

You are in a place where you no longer need to be, but you don’t have the means to get to where you are supposed to be.

This is the sum of most of our lives. I’m no longer where I need to be, but I don’t have the skills, time, talent, abilities, solutions to get me to where I am supposed to be.

We feel stuck! We need a Lyft.

 

John 5:2-3

Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda (House of Mercy) and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades.Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.

 

Bethesda - House of Mercy

There are 5 Covered Colonnades

Covered Colonnades - a row of columns supporting a roof

5 is the number of Grace

So, this pool, where all the blind, the lame, the paralyzed and invalid people were laying, is in the House of Mercy under the covering of Grace.

If you are stuck this morning, if you are not where you need to be and don’t have a way to get to where you want to be, “Welcome to a House of Mercy and we are sitting under the Grace of God!”

 

But, if all we see is what eliminates us, we will miss the power that is waiting on us. 

Isn’t is crazy how all the elements for a miracle to take place can be present, but all we see is the paralyzed position we are in.

 

Research shows that the #1 meditation of our heart, the thing that plays over and over in our mind the most, is the phrase “Not Enough!”

We apply this mindset to everything. To time, money, talent, skills and everything in our life is crippled by “Not Enough.”

            How much sleep did you get last night? “Not Enough!”

            How much money do you have? “Not Enough!”

 

John 5:5-7

One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no oneto help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone elsegoes down ahead of me.”

Jesus asks him what he wants, and all he can do, is say who has abandoned him!

Some of us are so fixed on everyone that hasn’t put us in the water, we don’t recognize when Living Water shows up. 

He is in the House of Mercy, under the covering of Grace and the one who sits on the Mercy Seat shows up and all he can do is complain about everyone else.

 

Jesus asks him the obvious because, He is looking for an opportunity!

Jesus isn’t asking the obvious question to frustrate you but to finish something in you.

He didn’t ask “Do you want to feel better?”

He didn’t ask “Do you want to be comforted?”

He didn’t ask “Do you need help?” You can get help and not change, so it becomes a handout?  

Religion can help you feel better, religion can comfort, religion can help, but only Christ can cure what has crippled you. He didn’t need comfort; he needed a cure.  

Jesus asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

 

Because some of us have blended in so well with the disabilities in our society Jesus has to ask us the obvious.  

When Jesus asks you an obvious question, he is trying to separate you from your surroundings.

 

If we are honest, some of us would rather hang out with people with similar dysfunction rather than answer the real question Jesus is asking?

 

Jesus Said “Get Up!”

Now here is the great paradox, he had to lay down on the inside to stand on the outside.

            He had to lay down his 38 years of excuses on the inside to stand on the outside.

            He had to lay down his blame of others on the inside to stand on the outside.

            He had to lay down his pity of “I have no one” on the inside to stand on the outside.

            He had to lay down his identity, which was his disability, on the inside to stand on the outside.

 

Jesus answer for you, even though you have avoided his question, is Get Up!

The man wasn’t waiting on the miracle, the miracle was waiting on the man.

 

Today, in the House of Mercy under the colonnades holding up your covering of Grace, you may have come seeking for an answer, but the Answer has been standing in front of you all along.

 

If you are stuck and need a Lyft, Get Up! The answer is as close as the nearest prayer partner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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