Do we want to be made well?
In John chapter 5, we read of the story of the a man with an infirmity being healed at the pool of Bethesda. He had been sick for 38 years. He had seen many people healed over the years but his infirmity kept him from reaching the pool to receive a healing. We may meet people like this at different times throughout our lives; people who have been sick for a long time. Jesus knew this man had been sick a long time.
Friends, Jesus knows how long everyone has been sick. Jesus asked him, “Do you want to be made well?” What an obvious question you may think, but look at the man’s reply. You would have thought his immediate reply would have been – “Yes Lord please,” but no, he started making excuses why he wasn’t healed.
Some observations here; this man had given up hope of being healed. Disappointment, weariness, loss of hope, despair and maybe unbelief had come around his life. The man had put his hopes on a method, not on meeting the miracle maker Himself. As an exercise, say maybe the water in the pool was stirred once a day. The man had been there 38 years. If someone got healed every time over 38 years, this man had watched 13,870 people get healed in front of him! He was so down he didn’t look to Jesus for a healing.
Friends, we may have to redirect people who have been sick a long time back to Jesus for their healing. Maybe they have given up hope of being healed, or perhaps have accepted sickness as their lot in life. Don’t judge them. Sickness can be a Goliath in peoples lives – it can stand in front of them and dominate them, shout at them and intimate them every day.
Encourage them, be sympathetic but positive. Remind them that yes it is the truth that they are sick but tell them that the greater truth is that Jesus is the healer. You can be their Aaron and Herr; you can lift their arms up in the middle of their battles so they can have victory – Amen.