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TEXT: Psalm 51:10
Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
TOPIC: Lord, cleanse me!
“…There was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
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.
And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
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?
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.
Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked….” (John 5:1-9)
How many of us need to be made whole this morning? How many of us need to be cleansed this morning from all manner of diseases. Many of us think of diseases, sicknesses and illnesses as being primarily of a physical nature.
We are souls created in several dimensions—physical, social, mental and spiritual. When part of us becomes out of sorts it leads to or throwing our whole life out of balance causing us to lose the joy, peace, and beauty of living the life that our God created us live.
As we see this morning in the account of the Lord Jesus and impotent man at the pool of Bethesda, the man had a physical affliction which prevented him from walking. However, this affliction brought along with the loss of his disability a depreciation of his social relationships, depreciation of his mental stability, and a broken spirit.
His encounter with Jesus was an opportunity to expose how afflicted he was as a whole person and the opportunity to see God’s grace and power to make one whole regardless of what kind or type of affliction may be experiencing. He sent His Son Christ Jesus to cleanse us; to heal us; and to deliver us from the ravages and bondages imposed upon us from the sinful nature of us as unborn again creatures.
As when see at the pool of Bethesda the water may or can represent or symbolize the cleansing power of the Spirit of the Lord. When Jesus encountered the lame man, who had an infirmity of thirty-eight years,
Jesus didn’t ask him if he wanted to be just delivered from his inability to walk but He asked him, “Wilt thou be made whole.” Jesus knew that this man was not only experiencing an inability to walk but also the inability to enjoy the company of family and friends; the inability to enjoy a complete peace of mind; and the inability to enjoy knowing that there is a God who can live in s heart for forever.
“Wilt thou be made whole” this morning. Do you need to be cleanse this morning from an infirmity of your physical body; do you need to be cleansed from an infirmity of social isolation; do you need to be cleansed from the infirmity of a sinful heart?
This morning let us consider the Holy Scriptures on the four dimensions of our whole being—physical, social, mental and spiritual.
KEY SCRIPTURES/COMMENTARY: I. Lord, cleanse us physically. So,
what does it mean to cleanse us physically?1 Corinthians 6:20
For you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
Comment: When we ask God to cleanse us physically, it means…We seek him to rid us the things that does not bring honor in our body. We seek our Master to break the chains of bondage to bad habits that break down our body..His dwelling place. God sent His son Jesus to pay the penalty for our sinful way of living.
Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you?
Comment: God is holy. He is righteous. He is worthy of all honor and praise. He is King of kings. Lord of lords. He deserves our best. He does not smoke illicit drugs in heaven. He does not drink illicit and poisonous drinks in Heaven.
“There are six things that the Lord hates, seven that are an abomination to him: haughty eyes, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked plans, feet that make haste to run to evil, a false witness who breathes out lies, andone who sows discord among brothers.”
Comment: When we ask God to cleanse us physically, it means…it means to cleanse every member of our physical body.
We use our tongue to tell lies; we use our eyes to lust at things and people we have no business desiring; we use our fingers to hold a gun to shoot the life out of someone; we hold wicked plans in our heart with every heart beat; we run with our feet to see evil that’s happening to our brothers and sisters who need your help. Lord, cleanse us physically.
II. Lord, cleanse us socially. So, what does it mean to cleanse us socially?Genesis 1:27
So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.
Comment: When we ask the Lord to cleanse us socially, it means…we seek him to order our social relationships to be aligned with how He created us in the beginning of creation.
He created boys to be boys; He created girls to be girls; He created men to men; He created women to be women. Lord, redirect our social relationships with one another when they fall out of order with your plan of creation.
A new you commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, also are to love one another.
Comment: When we ask the Lord to cleanse us socially, it means…we seek God to repair our soured relationships with our neighbors. He has commanded us to love one another. Whatever unforgiveness we may hold in our hearts towards one another we need ask Christ to wash it away.
For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe.
Comment: When we ask the Lord to cleanse us socially, it means…we seek God to cleanse us from all undue prejudice, bigotry, and racism. We are all made brothers and sisters in God’s sight.
We are created in His image should show partially towards no one. He is no one group or individual’s buddy and cannot be bought with any words or deeds for He is the God of gods—the God of us all. Lord, cleanse our relationships with one another,
III. Lord, cleanse us mentally. So, what does it mean to cleanse us mentally?Romans 12:2
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Comment: When we ask God to cleanse us mentally, it means…we seek God to cleanse our minds from the ways and crooked ways of a corrupted world. Renew our minds when we begin to think that good is evil and when we begin to think that evil is good. Wash our minds daily from evil thoughts and ideas of an ungodly world.
Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Comment:When we ask God to cleanse us mentally, it means…we seek God to establish in our minds on things that will bring joy, peace and wisdom to others. We seek God to help to us to think on things that are noble and righteous.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
Comment: When we ask God to cleanse us mentally, it means…we seek Him to wipe away fear, doubt and anger. We seek Him to cause us to rest on things that will produce peace and tranquility in our mind to His glory and praise.
IV. Lord, cleanse us spiritually.
So, what does it mean to cleanse us spiritually?Jeremiah 33:8
I will cleanse them from all the guilt of their sin against me, and I will forgive all the guilt of their sin and rebellion against me.
Comment: When we ask Christ to cleanse us spiritually, it means…we seek God to loose the bands and chains of guilt of our past sins. We seek God to wipe put all the ghosts that come to haunt us for our past sinful life. We ask Him to come into our heart and to fill us with His Holy Spirit.
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Comment: When we ask Christ to cleanse us spiritually, it means…We seek God not only for forgiveness of our sins but grace and mercy to work out our own soul salvation in Christ Jesus, our Lord and Savior.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me.
Comment: When we ask Christ to cleanse us spiritually, it means…We seek God for a new heart which only He can by your faith and trust in Christ Jesus or Messiah.
When we ask God to cleanse us spiritually, it means we seek God to renew a right spirit within us—a spirit of righteousness—not a spirit of ungodliness, wickedness and evil. Lord, cleanse us spiritually.
CONCLUSION: In closing, have faith in Christ. Second Corinthians 5:17says, Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new—physically, socially, mentally and spiritual. “Wilt thou be made whole?”
Remember, John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”John 14:6: “Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
Now, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)
Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Have faith in Christ Jesus.