'... Do you want to get well?' John 5:6 NIV
In John 5:1–15, a man was lying paralysed by a pool in Jerusalem, waiting for ‘an angel of the Lord [who] came down to the pool and stirred up the water. After the angel did this, the first person to go into the pool was healed from any sickness he had.’ (John 5:4 NCV) Great situation, right? Great place to wait, and a good amount of hope that he might get healed. But. He’d been waiting for 38 years! When Jesus met him, the man explained, ‘I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.’ (John 5:7 NLT) So near, and yet so far. No friends helping him, and no help from the religious leaders (see John 5:9–10). The story went pretty well after that, though, meeting Jesus and all. The man was miraculously healed. If you’ve been struggling in church, for whatever reason, you can still have hope. Even if it’s been years, if no friends have helped you, if even the leaders haven’t helped you, if you’ve been in the right place, but haven’t got any help, you can have hope. Jesus can meet you, even in that same church. If you can answer His question, ‘Would you like to get well?’ (John 5:6) and follow His direction, ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk!’ (John 5:8) with an obedient, faith–filled, step toward Him, you can be healed even where you’ve been sitting and waiting for years. If you’re ready, tell Jesus that you want to be well.
SoulFood: Ex 25-27, John 4:13-26, Ps 89:38-52, Prov 26:23-26
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