It’s Not In The Water!
‘Do you want to be made well?’ …Jesus said to him, ‘Stand up, take your mat and walk.’ …and he took up his mat and began to walk (John 5:1-15).Wellness isn’t just about the (physical) body. In Jerusalem, there was a man lying by the Sheep Gate where there is a pool of water. It is said that during certain seasons an Angel of the Lord comes down and causes the pool of water to stir up. It is believed that the first to enter into the water during this time would be healed. Of course there would be any number of people at any given time waiting to get in to this water. And as one could imagine, in this kind of survival of the fittest existence many people leave unhealed. When Jesus comes along and sees this man whom he knows has been coming to the pool for 38 years, his question as to whether the man wants to be made well is rhetorical. He wouldn’t be hanging out at the pool if he didn’t want to be made well. Knowing this, Jesus gives him a command; “Stand up, take your mat and walk!” Now the man has a choice to make. Some action has to be taken. He can either continue to believe in the water or take a chance and believe in the word of Christ. He has everything to gain and nothing to lose except perhaps another 38 years.
Yes! So well stated! Seems that if he had faith in the water and its ability to heal, then surely in 38 years he could have inched his way ever closer to the pool, but instead chose to lay and whine. When Jesus confronted him, he FINALLY chose faith and action! How often do I, knowing this story, have the gift before me in the hands of my Jesus, and yet fail to take a shaky step needed to reach out for it? Great post!
Thank you for your response Martha. At times, I myself have been found guilty.
We serve a healing and faithful God. And the responce of that man after years of standing by the pool is amazing. People today would probably have just doubted and moved on… sadly. Great Post!
Indeed and I myself have been guilty of this at times. Thank you for liking my post. Peace and Blessings to you. I am looking forward to reading more from you blog as well.