“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” (John 5:7-9).
This man, an invalid, had been in that condition for thirty-eight years. He related to Jesus his desire to be lowered into the pool, but no one would help him. Jesus asked him if he wanted to be healed. With a word, Jesus healed the man, telling him to take up his bed and walk. The man did as Jesus directed him, and he walked away healed.
As we journey through the gospels, we see the powerful hand of Jesus, ready to heal. But Jesus also brought a more powerful message than physical healing: How to be healed of spiritual sickness. We note several things in Jesus’ encounter with this man.
1. We must admit our need.
This man, forced to a life of begging and reliance on others, appeared to freely admit his need. We often will not. Our pride sometimes gets in the way of many answers to prayer simply because we fail to admit our need, whatever it is. Jesus reveals Himself to those who seek Him; those who find Him are those who admit their need. Are you in any trouble? Have you struggled with something for years without remedy or sympathy from others? Take it to Jesus. He not only cares, He’s in a position to help.
2. We must do as He tells us.
Jesus’ directions were not difficult to understand, but required faith. He directed the invalid to pick up his bed and walk, something he could not do for almost four decades. When we read the pages of Scripture, do we believe what we read? Do we do as God tells us to do? Living a life of obedient faith paves the way for some of God’s richest blessings.
3. Share your testimony.
Jesus’ opponents interviewed the healed man, seeking to find something with which to accuse Jesus. When questioned, the man faithfully reported what happened. We, too, have a testimony, and we should freely share it with others as opportunity arises.
Finally, remember when no one seems to care, you have One who does. Take your deepest wounds and heavy burdens to Him. He is the Great Healer. He seeks and saves the lost, and touches lives with His healing grace.
Posted on Mon, November 7, 2016
by Sam Petitfils