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?” 7 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.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” 9 And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.
It’s also so fascinating that Jesus, knowing the condition this man has been in for 38 years, asks him: "Do you want to be healed?" As if to say: "I know how you’ve been trying to make yourself whole all these years, but are you ready to give up on human efforts to heal you?"
Even reading this passage — and many passages describing Jesus’ encounters — can be challenging to many people in this day and age. We long for the same miraculous touch, but many people don't see it happen. But Jesus truly is in every detail of our lives; we can't pick and choose how He impacts us or where He touches our lives. But we can have faith that He truly is with us and is woven into every area, sovereign over every need, prayer and desire of our hearts
I love that He met the man's need in a way that He wasn’t expecting. He was expecting to be healed by jumping into the pool, but Jesus healed him in another way. He is faithful to provide what we need but not always in ways that we expect. He is faithful, always, to touch us and to meet us.