When Jesus saw him lying there and knew the he had already been there a long time, he said to him, Do you want to be healed?
Healed by Jesus
While in Jerusalem, Jesus walked by a man who had been paralyzed for 38 years. Every day he would sit next to the Pool of Bethesda waiting for someone to pick him up and place him into the pool when it began to stir. Foolishly, there was a well known superstition that supposedly an angel would stir the water and the first person to step into the pool would be healed of their disease. For 38 years this man anticipated the day that he would be healed. On this certain day Jesus walked up to him and asked if he wanted to be healed. Instead of a yes or no answer the man gave an excuse that no one would help him into the water. Jesus then told him to get up and pack up his bed and walk. Instantly the man was healed and he walked away.
This miracle was the result of God’s great compassion. The first thing to notice is the fact that this man could not save himself. He had good intentions but he couldn’t do it on his own. He needed help and he needed a Savior. Second, this man was chosen by Jesus. In John 15:16 Jesus says, “You did not choose me, but I chose you…” Thirdly, Jesus gave him new life. For 38 years this man was stuck in unfavorable circumstances until Jesus came into his life and gave him hope.
Are you thankful for God’s compassion and saving grace in your life?
Pray and thank God for sending His Son, Jesus, into this world to save you for giving you eternal life and hope.