Week 33: Do You Wish To Get Well?
Today’s Text: John 5-6
Key Text: John 5:6
“When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, ‘Do you wish to get well?’”
The poor man whom Jesus addressed in the scripture verse above had been ill for a very long time – thirty-eight years – to be exact.
Although the place was known to be a place of healing, the poor fellow – paralyzed as he was – could not even get into the healing waters on his own.
Jesus takes compassion upon him and heals him.
Two things strike me in the story.
First, that the man has not been able to be healed for all those years because, instead of others helping him to the healing waters, “another steps down before” him.
It’s a sad fact today as well – people selfishly getting in the way of others – claiming something for themselves first – instead of trying to help one another.
Second, it strikes me that, once healed – others only criticize him and Jesus – going so far as to say that the man is a lawbreaker because he is doing work on the Sabbath (carrying his own pallet) and Jesus is doing the same (healing him so that he can carry that pallet.)
How absurd– how legalistic – how cruelly insensitive.
But again, today much is the same – people who are legalistically self-righteous – failing to see the beauty in God’s miraculous work among us.
I suppose it’s true. The more things change, the more they stay the same.
People still desperately need God’s healing today – and we should do all we can to help them find it.
But do we?