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“Here a great number of disabled people used to lie— the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 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?’” (John 5:3-6)
In Jerusalem there was a pool named Bethesda. It was known as a place where miracles of healing occurred. Mounds of sick people gathered around the pool hoping to be cured. One particular man, an invalid for thirty-eight years, was lying by the pool longing to receive a miraculous healing. He wanted to walk again. When Jesus learned how long he had been in this terrible condition, He went over and asked him just one question, “Do you want to get well?”
The man responded with a shallow answer, but Jesus refused to join the man’s pity party. On the contrary Jesus said, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” Wow! Instantaneously the invalid received physical healing. He immediately stood up, picked up his mat, and walked just as Jesus instructed. After this miraculous event the man simply continued on his journey.
Sadly, this man had no idea who healed him. He was spiritually blind and could not recognize Jesus, the Son of God. However, this man’s spiritual darkness was more important to Jesus than the man’s physical healing. So Jesus sought after him. In John 5:14-15 we read, “Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, ‘See you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.’ The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.”
We see in this story that Jesus first heals the man’s physical body and then his spiritual eyes. After Jesus opens the man’s eyes, he is able to truly recognize Jesus as his healer. What a beautiful story. The man then spreads this truth to the Jews.
There is still an abundant need of healing in the physical, emotional, and spiritual realms of our lives. Many of God’s children are physically well, but crippled in their spirits. Inwardly some are bleeding from past traumas, while others suffer from depressive thoughts. Some children have hardened hearts or a seared conscious that enables sin. Regardless of our condition, we all desperately need a touch of healing to be set free to live the Spirit-filled life God desires.
Let me ask you just one question, “Do you want to get well?”
If yes, get up, pick up your life, and turn to God. He will restore you.
If your answer is a quivering no, what are you afraid of? Don’t settle near the pool of miraculous healing. Get up! Dive into the refreshing wellspring of hope, mercy, grace, forgiveness, and resurrected life Jesus offers. Choose to become victorious inwardly and outwardly over your impediments. Cry out to Jesus! He will come running to your aid and have you back on your feet in no time.
Dear God, Forgive me of all my sins and may You heal me. I believe You are restoring me to wholeness at this very moment. I trust in Your word and by the stripes of Jesus, I am healed. Every ailment manifesting in my body, mind, emotions, and soul shall have no hold on me as I seek to follow You and shun sin. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen
Questions: Are you in need of physical, emotional, or spiritual healing? Have you been helping someone, but he or she remains broken? You may want to ask them just one question, “Do you want to get well?”