“Do you want to be healed?” – Jesus
A certain pool of water in Jesus’ day offered a source of healing. As the story goes in John 5, the first person to enter the pool after the water was stirred would be healed of whatever ailed them. Given the promise of restored health, a multitude of people waited and hoped for their physical delivery.
On the day Jesus arrives he skips over the many people who were there to engage one lame man—a man who had been waiting there for 38 years. That’s right. He sat by that pool of water, unable to walk and, therefore, unable to get healed. “I have no one to put me into the pool…and while I am going another steps down before me.” He reasoned.
Jesus intervenes and asks, what seems to be, a “No, duh!” kind of question. He looks at the lame man and asks, “Do you want to be healed?”
Of course he does…doesn’t he? If I were lame I know I would emphatically respond in the affirmative. And yet, Jesus asks the obvious.
Why? If Jesus walked up to you or I and inquired about a broken part of our life, I wonder, would he ask the same question?
Desire is essential. In his simple question, Jesus digs for the root issue. It’s one thing for us acknowledge a problem exists, but another to want to do something about it.
I have just come to accept that certain areas of my life have been broken for a long time. I get angry sometimes. I am lazy when it comes to serving others before myself. I procrastinate on important issues. This list could go on.
Here’s the reality. None of my issues will get fixed until I desire to see them changed. Until I want to be made well, nothing can actually be made well.
Lest we head off on a quest for change through our own power, we must first make one more observation from the story.
Yes, desire is essential, but the power to fix anything rests with the Savior. After the lame man makes his excuses for 38 years of not getting to the water in time, Jesus tells the man to simply, “Get up, take up your bed, walk.”
Healing is the Savior’s. Don’t miss it.
Jesus, not the stirred up water, did the healing. Jesus did not give him a three-step process to position himself better for the next race to the pool. Jesus didn’t coach him to try harder and be more focused when his time arrived. No, Jesus just healed him.
In the areas of your life where you desire healing, do you bring them to Jesus or just try to figure it out yourself? Are you devising steps to use that will “make the difference” or are you bringing your desire for healing to the One who has the power to bring restoration?
Far too often in my life I either ignore my brokenness or try to fix it myself. What a much more gracious way the Father gives us in Jesus—to bring our brokenness and a desire for healing to the One who actually has the power to do it.
Do you want to be healed?
– Eric Creekmore, Lead Pastor