Do you Want to be Made Whole?
When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had been now a long time in that condition, he said unto him, Will you be made whole? John 5:6
In John’s story, for healing to happen, the waters had to be stirred up by Angels, and this happened seasonally and not all the time. Then someone had to help lift the sick man into the pool because only the first to step in the pool after it has been stirred gets healed. Rather stiff conditions for a sick and incapacitated man, don’t you think? Jesus walks unto the scene. He knew the man had been sick for a long time and he asks just one question, “Do you want to be made whole?” “I can’t sir”, the man answered, his reply dripping with pain, frustration and disillusionment. Perhaps on the days he got to the pool on time, it wasn’t the season the Angel stirred it up. Maybe on the day when the Angel stirred, there was no one to lift him and he’d been run over by others. Imagine that for the 38 years, he’d been sick, but not once had the odds ever been in his favour.
“Do you want to be made whole?” was all Jesus asked. It is important to note that the sick man’s answer was not a resounding faith filled, “Yes!” Oh no, it wasn’t. His answer was a tale of his failed attempts and limitations that clearly overwhelmed him. He explained to Jesus why it would be impossible for him to be healed. After trying and failing for 38 years, I doubt that he had any hope for healing. But Jesus, all-knowing one who hears the groaning of our heart, knew deep down the man desired healing but felt defeated and hopeless. Who wouldn’t after suffering an affliction for so long!
Guess what happened next? Without the waters being stirred, without being dipped in the pool, without the help of an Angel or man, Jesus by himself ALONE made the sick man whole. And to make it even more sensational, he did it on the oh-so-holy “Sabbath day”. You know back then Sabbath was regarded as a holy day and no “work” was to be done. Was that a game changer or what?!
Jesus will break rules, damn procedure, alter nature and even mess with the usual order of things to heal, deliver or save if he has to. Nothing can stand in his way. If he intends it, nothing can prevent him. He is unstoppable and this is why we call him Almighty. Jesus can do it by himself. The only prerequisite is himself. He is all-sufficient. He is all that you need and he is enough. He sees your heart and knows your affliction – that habit or sin that seems to hold you bound. He knows how hard you’ve tried. He knows how many times you’ve failed, and he knows you feel overwhelmed, helpless and tired. He knows that feeling of inadequacy that has tormented you for so long. He knows that you blame yourself for being where you are. He knows you don’t feel smart enough or sharp enough. He knows you hurt from the snide comments people make suggesting you are unserious and not ready to be delivered even though you have tried everything you know. He knows you have given up on yourself but you still want to be free. He knows you.
You are not forgotten and your situation is not beyond him. No situation can ever be. He is able to heal and he will heal you. He will deliver you and he will set you free. You will rise. He is about to walk into your situation. Trust Jesus.
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