John 5:1-6 – “After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. 5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 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?” NKJV [Emphasis mine…]
Every time I read this account of a miracle performed by our LORD I see something new or additional, but also have a tugging at my heart strings over the question. Do you want to be made well? That is an amazing question especially in light of the fact this man had been at the pool for a very long time. He had, without question, resigned himself to his physical malady and plight and had in a very real sense allowed himself to view his status as VICTIM. He was totally dependent on others to transport him or help him achieve virtually anything in life.
Jesus approached the pool of Bethesda and I have no doubt scanned the scene and fixed his eyes on this individual, not just because of his condition for all were in need of healing, but because of his mindset. The question was arresting and I am sure the man was somewhat stunned by the question. I can almost sense some outrage in his response, “Sir, I have no man to put me in the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” In East Texas, the response would have been, “ARE YOU BLIND, I can’t walk to get to the pool.” Jesus ignored his victim mindset and gave a command that demanded a response. Jesus’ command shook the man free from his victim mindset. The man complied with Jesus’ command and healing took place.
I have dealt with people in my years of Christian ministry to whom, I have asked the question, “Do you want to be free?” Some were in the bondage of pornography, lust, and other things as they succumbed to the pull of the flesh. I have had some declare with weeping, YES and others would, as this man offer one excuse or another as to why they could not be. Some blamed their spouses for their infidelity and while I concur that a spouse can add to the problem the final decision is the individual who commits the act. They could say NO and resist!
In life, the question is, “Do you want to be made well?” Do you want to be HEALED by the Blood of the Lamb? Do you want to be transformed and become a new creation in Christ Jesus? Do you want to have the shackles holding you back removed? Do you? Then, call to God with honest hearts and acknowledge your condition, repent of your attitude and dependency and do whatever the Holy Spirits directs your heart. As with this man, the question, “Do you want to be made well?” is the first step toward the complete and total healing of the whole man.
God bless you as you go through this day!