Monday, August 12

 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, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. 3 In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. 5 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?”

John 5: 1-6


John 5: 1-17 is entitled “The Healing at the Pool on the Sabbath,” and it tells the story of a man who has been an invalid for 38 years. Jesus is in Jerusalem for a feast and finds this man lying next to the Pool of Bethesda. A large crowd of people gather at the pool each day waiting for an angel to stir the waters, so that they can be the first one in to be healed.

The Bible doesn’t say how long this man has waited by the pool to be healed or even what caused his infirmity. Verse 14 leads some Bible scholars to believe that this man’s sickness was because of some sin in his life. We should never assume that one’s sickness is caused by their own sin. Unfortunately, we live in a fallen world where people are broken through no fault of their own. So, we aren’t sure if this happened to him or because of him. But whether this man’s illness happened to him, or was caused by him, didn’t stop Jesus from asking, “Do you want to get well?”

This passage of Scripture applies to us in our physical bodies as well as our spiritual condition. Often we claim we want to go forward in our lives, but the truth is that we really want to stay where we are


Do you want to get well?


 Lord, search my heart and show me areas in my life that need healing. Give me the desire to get well.

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