Do you want to get well?

John 5:1-9 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda[a] and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. [4] [b] 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 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?”

7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.

photo credit: 100reason blogpost

photo credit: 100reason blogpost

In the above text, we find a man who was invalid for 38 years near the pool of Bethesda. Jesus asked him a question: “Do you want to get well?” The same question that God is asking all of us everyday. Do you want to overcome your addiction?  Do you want to overcome destructive behavior? Do you want to be released from whatever is holding you back?

The invalid man has many reasons why he does not want to get well: the pool, with its five colonnades is a beautiful place. Just like the invalid man, sometimes we like where we are (I’m happy here, I’m having the best time of my life, I’m surrounded by the people who brings me happiness, etc.). Another reason is that the invalid man doesn’t have to work ever! Food is always given to him. His needs are being met by those who know him or by complete strangers who come by the pool.

Most of all, he is the center of attention. People feel sorry for him and sympathize with him; they spoke kindly to him and shower him with a lot of love.

Or maybe he was telling the truth that he did try to get down the pool by himself so many times that he just gets tired of trying and he decided that he doesn’t want to try anymore.

It could also be that he was paralyzed because someone from his past hurt him and maimed him and he refused to forgive that person. And that is why he cannot move on.

Have you ever experience the difficulty of moving on? That kind of painful pangs deep within you that immobilize you, that kind of sinking feeling that you are going nowhere.

If Jesus comes to you, through the Word of God, and asks you, “do you want to get well?” – what will be your response?   If you want to be an invalid person for the rest of your life, then don’t try to change. But, if you want to experience victory, success, and develop an awesome personal relationship with God, YES, you need to change; YES, you have to change.


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