Do You Want To Get Well?
When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5: 6)
Asking a man who has been sick for thirty-eight years if he wants to be well may seem a bit unusual to you and me. How-ever, Jesus wanted to hear the man’s answer. He wanted to hear the desire of his heart expressed.
The crowd of sick people around the Pool of Bethesda is a picture of the spiritual condition of many people today. They have lost their health, they have no one to help them and they have lost hope. This is a sad picture. It may be a picture of your life.
Are you struggling with a spiritual health malady? Is there some chronic spiritual illness that just keeps on lingering, sapping vitality out of you?
Jesus is the great Physician; He can diagnose your sickness, and He can heal your sin sickness.
Jesus knows your spiritual sickness. He does not ask you if you want to be made well in order that He may know; He asks you if you want to be made well so you will have to face your malady and express your desire to be free of it.
The man at the Pool of Bethesda did not have health, help, or hope. He had no resource within himself to make himself better. He was totally dependent upon someone else helping him. Are you willing to admit that you do not have what it takes to cure yourself? You also need someone else. You need a Savior.
Jesus can deliver you from your spiritual sickness . Notice His authoritative word in verse 8, Rise, take up your bed and walk. Before us, we see a man who had been sick and helpless for thirty-eight years now taking up his bed and walking. In the miracle of a moment, he is free from his infirmity.
Is anything too hard for the Lord? No! Jesus can deliver you, too! Look beyond your circumstances to the One who has the power to set you free.
Jesus can give you an entire new life. In verse 14, Jesus said to the man who had been healed, See, you have been made well, sin no more… A glorious future lay before him. Do you want to be spiritually well? Then come to Jesus. Dr. Roger D. Willmore is an itinerant Bible teacher and conference speaker and speaks often at America’s Keswick
Keswick, America’s (2012-12-13). Real Victory for Real Life Volume 2 (Kindle Locations 8899-8931). . Kindle Edition.
Daily Bible Reading: 1 Chronicles 16-17
Think About This: “The more eminently that any one excels in holiness, the farther he feels himself from perfect righteousness, and the more clearly he perceives that he can trust nothing but the mercy of God alone. Hence it appears, that those are grossly mistaken who conceive that the pardon of sin is necessary ONLY to the beginning of righteousness. As believers are every day involved in many faults, it will profit them nothing that they have once entered the way of righteousness, unless the same grace which brought them into it accompany them to the last step of life.” – John Calvin
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah Psalm 46:1-3