"When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, 'Do you wish to get well?' The sick man answered Him, 'Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.'” John 5:6-7
Jesus comes upon a desperate man who had been suffering for thirty eight years. What must have been maddeningly and tragically frustrating is that he was in close proximity to a cure but it might just have been a million miles away. Scripture states that there was a pool in a place called Bethesda that an angel would visit from time to time and disturb the water. The first person into the water would be healed. The Great Physician asks if he desires to get better and the man begins to explain the situation. Some might otherwise term this "making excuses."
Beloved, Jesus asks us that same question today; "do you wish to get well?" Do you wish to be freed from the slavery of sin? Do you wish to have peace in a world full of turmoil? Do you wish to stop the aching in your soul that comes from a lack of connection with your Maker? Do you wish to be free of that which corrupts? Do you wish to be made whole spiritually? When considering these questions, too often we begin to explain the situation. We tell the Lord we are not good enough, not ready, unable or that we do not know how. These are all excuses. Jesus is not taking a survey, he is offering healing. All that it is necessary to do is to say yes. He is making a house call. We just need to let him in.
Rejoicing in the Lord,