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.
After 38 years of sickness the idea of ever getting well wasn't even on the man's radar. It was completely out of the picture. So much so, that when asked if he wanted to get well, his response was about how he couldn't even get in arms' reach of comfort. His focus was on making the immediate more manageable, not the future more hopeful.
To what in my life, when Jesus brings to the surface, do I respond with doubtful thoughts about even finding comfort? I forget that Jesus wants us to have hope and healing in all areas. It's that simple.
This is a great thought: "His focus was on making the immediate more manageable, not the future more hopeful."
It’s amazing how comforting doubt can be at times. Jesus doesn’t give us that option though. He is always projecting us into a higher level of healing and wholeness because there is always more with Him.
Wow! Yes, doubt can be comforting, but it’s always a false comfort, huh? Jesus is faithful when we are faithless. There was nothing this man did to warrant the presence or power of Jesus. The phrase "When Jesus saw Him” strikes me. What moved Jesus? Compassion! He saw a need and desired to bring provision. He is more moved by His love for us than our love for Him.