John 5:2-4 – Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
The Pool of Bethesda, meaning “house of kindness,” was a place filled with all manner of sick people. it is really unimaginable how that place could have smelled, and the potential transmission of disease in that atmosphere. Sick people, unable to help themselves, laid there daily, all day long, waiting for the possible moving of the water. Try to wrap your imagination around that scene.
Now consider the hour in which we live. Many Christians today are operating with the same mentality. When we’re not isolated due to some virus, we go to our churches. We sing, we praise, we pray, and we preach, all the while wanting to have a move of God in our midst. This happens across our globe. No, we don’t have the filth, smell, or disease with which to contend (at least in America). But our mentality is still much the same. All you need to do is strip away the heating and air conditioning, sound and lighting systems, comfortable transportation and church seating, and get down to the matter of personal needs. What sick person would not be thrilled to be healed in church on Sunday? Who would not enjoy leaving church Sunday with a financial breakthrough? Do you know someone that would be thrilled at having their family healed and restored? So why are we not seeing more of this?
Examine John 5:1-9. There was multitude waiting for something to happen; they were waiting for the water to be troubled by an angel. When Jesus showed up, all that was handled for one person, and it should have been an indicator for everyone present that the power of the Lord was present to heal. Yet no one moved except the man who was told to move. No one called out for help when they saw the Healer standing only a few feet away. Why? They were waiting for the water to move. But, once again I say to you, when Jesus showed up, all that was handled. Jesus, the Water of life, was there. He’s still here, and now we have access to that water. We have it in us in a well, and flowing out of us in rivers of living water. Open your mouth. Speak the Word (that’s the Water that washes us). Use your faith, use your mouth, use your tongue (if it’s wholesome, it is a tree of life), and move the Water. And when you’ve moved the Water, get in it. Healing is waiting on you.
Manna for Today – John 5:1-9; 2 Kings 7; James 2:20-26; John 4:14; John 7:38; Proverbs 15:4