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 question that Jesus asked this lame man of 38 years and the response of lame man is interesting to me. Jesus looked at him and says, “Hey, do you want to be healed?” Lame man responds: “I can’t, because I have no way of getting into this pool of which I believe has the power to heal me.” But it’s fascinating that Jesus didn’t ask him about the “how,” He just asked if He wanted to be healed. How many times are we expecting a solution to look one way instead of trusting Jesus to be our solution?
Even more fascinating though is the “help” that Jesus offers his problem. He didn’t say, “Okay, well let’s figure out how to get you into this pool” or “Here, let me help you get into this pool.” He just says “Get up and walk.” A true miracle that can can’t be attributed to anything we’ve done but can only be attributed to the glory and power of God.
I just love that although Jesus moves in ways we don’t often expect, He always gives us exactly what we need.
It’s so true! How many of my prayers are telling God how to do the things I want Him to do — when He really wants to change my perspective and give me hope? I'm stuck on how my desires and worries will be met, and yet He wants me just to look to Him, stand and walk where I feel paralyzed.
But the best part is that even if we don't fully understand, His healing is still available. He healed the man, despite his lack of hope and knowledge of who he was really talking to! Jesus is the best — He’s so humble!