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📖John 5:2-6 (ESV)
2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. 3 In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. 5 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 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?”
Here in John 5, Jesus is in Jerusalem, and He goes to a pool called Bethesda, a pool of water where people with disabilities/infirmities would go and await for the waters to stir so they can get in in the hope of being healed. Jesus comes across this one man in particular who had been an invalid for 38 years. The man was too slow to get to the waters and had been there a long time. Jesus sees him and knows this. He approaches the man and asks him a simple question: “Do you want to be healed?” Here, you have God in the flesh personally engaging a man who obviously is in a dire condition. He can’t heal himself. He has no hope of reaching the stirred water. Yet Jesus comes to him and offers him a question filled with hope! What a beautiful picture of the Gospel. In our sin, we are without hope of being healed. We need divine intervention. We are incapable of healing ourselves. We have no hope of reaching the pool of salvation. But praise God! He sees us, He engages us, and He asks us, “Do you want to be healed?” A very important question. That’s the question of the Gospel. We are desperately sick and diseased with sin. But there is healing available. God offers that healing through His One and Only Son! The question is, “Do we WANT to be healed?” That’s a question for every single person. Do they recognize that they are lame and that Jesus can heal them? Oh, the glory of God in His Gospel! He engages man and freely offers healing from our desperate condition with sin. Pray for me as I pray for you.
🙏I'm praying for you always. ❤️
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