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.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.
The state of our hearts are important to Him. “I know I just provided that job, spouse, healing, etc for you. Let’s not live in sin. But let’s live free internally.” He wants us to live as who we truly are. I think this physical healing is indicative of how Jesus sees us and desires for us to live. He wants us to live, not bound, paralyzed, timid — but free, light, and courageous.
I also love that we can “never say never.” 38 years of lameness for this man — he lived without freedom. How long has it been for us? At what point have we become hopeless? Jesus is still alive. He is still working. He can turn it around. I trust His character, not my past disappointment or unanswered prayers.
So true. It's about the state of our hearts. The lame man is a representation of our spiritual lives without Him. Blind, deaf and lame — until He cuts through the noise, so we can listen and undoubtedly hear, "Do you want to be healed?”
Yes: “Do you want to stop trusting in your own efforts and ingenuity for healing?” Jesus is our healing, always. You can’t get this from Barnes and Nobles, baby! No self-help book will get you there! There is no "7 steps to wholeness” class you can take. There is only to trust in Jesus. His salvation alone is wholeness.