Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 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?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.”
I’m reminded just how much I need Jesus today. The hopeless response from the lame man to Jesus' question is so indicative of life without Jesus.
In other words: “Yes, I want to be healed, I want to be free, but I cannot. I’ve tried, but nothing’s working. I’ve done everything I know how. I want to get in the water to be healed, but I’ve got no one to help me. I've given up hope of anything ever changing for me.” I’ve found this to be true in my life. Sometimes we need to see just how futile our human efforts are without Him — and just how much we need to rely His power and strength to live whole.
That's such a powerful reminder. I love that Jesus isn't discouraged by our circumstances or our perspectives. Although the lame man felt ostracized and had given up, Jesus steps in and gives new life. He lends us His faith and His strength when we don't have any for ourselves.
So true! If I ever feel limited in my strength & faith, I can look to the unlimited resources of Jesus for strength and faith. And “He steps in.” It’s all about His grace, isn’t it?