Do you want to get well?
“5 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda[z] and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” John 5:1-6 NIV
As we continue in John 5, we see Jesus come to a pool called Bethesda. He comes across a man who was an invalid for thirty-eight years.
Jesus asks the paralyzed man an unusual question.
“Do you want to get well?” v 6.
While Jesus question seems rhetorical, it may be that Jesus knew not every sick person wants to be made well. Some are so discouraged that they have put away all hope. In addition to having a withered body, some have a withered heart. It is reasonable to wonder if the paralyzed man wanted to get well. Here are some reasons the man may NOT have wanted to be made well.
1 – He was familiar with what he knew. He knew his illness. He understood his situation. It wouldn’t surprise him. It was familiar. Fear of the unknown often rules over the woes of what is known. As bad as his current situation was, at least he was familiar with it.
There are times we settle for less than God’s best because we are familiar with what is.
2 – He would lose his income. A beggar in Jesus’ day would lose a good living by being cured of his disease. He could no longer be a beggar. He would have to learn a new trade.
There are times that we limit what God wants to do or accomplish in life because of a fear of losing money or an income.
3 – He may have been more comfortable in his misery than taking steps needed to be free. Being healed would have brought about a great number of changes in his life. He may have been afraid to take the steps needed to bring healing and freedom.
There are times we forfeit what God wants to do in our lives because we are afraid to pay the price of moving into God’s best.
If you want God to work in your life, it is worth asking the question, “Do you want to get well?” Do you? Really? Count the cost when it comes to being made new in Jesus Christ.
Lord Jesus I find that I share many of the fears of the paralyzed man may have faced. I want Your best. Give me courage to want to get well. In the name of Jesus Christ my Lord, amen.
Ty Tamasaka is an author who hold a Master of Arts Degree from Pacific Rim Christian University in Christian Ministry He is a Bible teacher who loves to encourage people to enjoy Jesus’ grace and extend His Kingdom. Ty just released his new book More than a Conqueror: 5 Pathways to Personal Revival.