In John 5, Jesus approaches a man who's been immobilized for 38 years and asks him, "Do you want to be healed?" This seems like a silly question. Isn't the answer obviously "yes?" After all, who wouldn't want to be healed? But perhaps the answer isn't as obvious as it appears. Perhaps we actually don't want to be healed after all. What might keep us from wanting healing, and what does the journey of healing look like?
Redemption is one of those words that, even if you're not "religious," you've probably used on more than one occasion. It speaks to our awareness that something has gone wrong and our longing to see it made whole and beautiful again. But what exactly does it mean for something or someone to be redeemed? And what does it have to do with freedom? We wrestle with these and other questions in our sermon from this past Sunday. You can listen to it by clicking on the link.