John 5:6 – When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
Look closely at our Text for Today once more. John 5:5 said Jesus came to a “certain man;” this man. When Jesus saw him, He recognized by the Spirit that the man had been in that situation for along time. We know from the fullness of the John passage that the man had been in this condition for 38-years. Think of that. 38-years as a cripple. 38-years being almost totally dependent on the help of others. And while we don’t know for sure how long he had been brought daily to the Pool of Bethesda, that, too, is a possible 38-year term. Can you imagine, regardless of the time he spent at that pool, watching as time after time someone else got what he so desperately needed and desired, and he always went home in the same condition as when he was laid there each day. It is clear that this man had strong determination to have persisted as he did. Jesus recognized this.
It was from that point of recognition that He asked the question, “Wilt thou be made whole?” This question was far deeper than do you want to be healed. It would seem obvious that everyone who came to the pool of Bethesda wanted to be healed. I believe the question was much deeper and far reaching that simple desire. I believe Jesus was asking the man, “will you do whatever it takes, whatever you must in order to receive your healing?” One of the reasons I believe that is because of the answer he gave Jesus. He said that he had no one to help him. He recognized his own limitations. As far as he knew, he was doing all he could to be healed. Even when there was no one there to help him, when the water was moved, he tried to get into the water on his own. Did he want to be healed? Absolutely! But more than wanting it, this man was willing to do whatever it took to receive his healing.
It is to that end that I pose the following question. Knowing it is the will of God for you to be healed and in health, knowing that Jesus has already paid the full price for your healing and health, and knowing it is necessary to be obedient to His commands in your life, are you willing to do anything you must, regardless of effort required, and regardless of how foolish it may seem, to have your healing fully manifest to you? Only you can answer that question.
Manna for Today – John 5:1-9; 3 John 2-4; Mark 11:22-24; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; John 16:23-24