2015-01-10 - A Story of Healing
In the fifth chapter of the Gospel of John, we find the account of Jesus' healing of an invalid. This miracle happened early in Jesus' ministry. John tells us that this particular man had been afflicted with an illness for thirty-eight years. Biblical scholars believe the man was either paralyzed or lame. He had gone to the pool of Bethesda, which was believed to provide healing powers when the waters were disturbed. The invalid went there repeatedly, hoping someone would help him into the waters. Yet after all those years, he was still afflicted.
Jesus came along, and asked the man if he wanted to get well. The invalid told Jesus that no one would help him into the waters. Jesus then told him to pick up his mat and walk. After over three decades, the man was finally healed. The Jewish leaders later questioned the man, as to why he was walking about and carrying his mat - on the Sabbath. The healed man knew that he had been healed, but he didn't know who Jesus truly was.
John tells us what happened next. 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." (John 5:14). Jesus was also concerned about the spiritual condition of this man. Although the man was now physically well, Jesus wanted to heal him spiritually, too. Jesus cared about the condition of his soul.
Today, Jesus continues to care about our spiritual wellness, as well. He is still asking, "Do you want to get well?" (John 5:6). He wants to heal our spiritual illness - which is called sinfulness. Jesus wants us to turn to Him, to confess our sins, to ask for His forgiveness, and to turn our lives over to Him. Have you asked Jesus to make you well?
Richard Moser, Jr
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.