May i Tell My Story First?

Posted: June 11, 2012 in Jesus The Answer?

This man had waited in this condition for 38 years. He must have been waiting for something other than the Lord as Isaiah 40 says, those that wait upon the Lord shall change and renew their strength and power. Thirty eight years and no change? If i were that man there is a good chance that i would have resolved myself to being content, to remain an invalid or i would have found a way to get into that pool.

Now here is an interesting thing about this story that i had never thought of before. It shows up in several stories where Jesus spends time with unlikely people. It’s the idea that Jesus is always the answer but he doesn’t always solve the problem. While this man is about to walk, he is also about to have a major life change.

If this man was cured he would now have come up with a different way to make a living for himself. This man may have found a sense of security in sickness, and for him, suffering may not be that unpleasant because someone else does the work and worry for him. i… being honest can relate to this idea in some ways. No i’m not an invalid physically but whether it’s physically, mentally, emotionally, or spiritually being stuck at my pool regardless of what my pool is, may put me in the same place. Example, for me its lack of finances. Once in a while the lack of finances is like headlights hitting a deer in the eyes. It’s paralyzing and i am unable to move. i am then dependent on someone to get me into the pool. This state of being paralyzed makes me very vulnerable.

“Do i want to be made well?” It’s not a bad question. But here’s another interesting point that speaks volumes. The man did not close the deal immediately. Why not a simple “YES”?

The man must have wanted to be healed, but he didn’t see how since he had no one to help him up when the waters stirred within the pool. Someone else always managed to beat him to the opportunity when he did try to make his way down to those supposed magical waters. The man and i are similar in this way. i want to tell my story versus answering the question. i want Jesus as well as others to know my plight and how i got here. i ultimately delay my own healing.

Jesus had to know the man really wanted to receive healing but He listens to the mans story and then quickly cuts right to the heart of the matter: “Stand up, take your mat and walk.”

Again this could seem like Jesus hasn’t got a clue. First, “do you want to be well” and then “Stand up, take your mat and walk.”


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