… ‘Do you want to get well?’
– John 5:1-6
A mess is the perfect setting for a miracle. Our helplessness can be our most powerful offering - if we are willing to be honest and transparent. Sometimes it is a lot easier to just stay in the darkness than it is to struggle toward the light. Not everyone really wants to be healed or rescued.
Some people use their weaknesses to get the attention they crave or to keep from assuming any responsibility in their own lives. Take the man at the pool of Bethesda for example. Jesus saw the man lying there and asked what some might consider an unusual question, “Do you want to get well?” Was the man comfortable in his pain or was he willing to pay the price that healing requires? Was he ready and willing to do whatever Jesus asked him to do in order to be healed? Jesus wanted to know. He wanted to know if the man was helpless enough.
“Get up! Pick up your mat and walk,” Jesus said, and the man was immediately healed. Notice that Jesus did not offer to carry the man to the pool. Jesus told the man to do what he had been unable to do for thirty-eight years – stand up and then walk. And the man had a choice to make. Are we ready to believe God and do what we have been unable to do on our own? Are we willing to obey Him?
Jesus looked out over the crowd and chose to heal the most helpless man – the man who was honest about his pain, the man who was willing to believe God in the hard times. Can you see yourself in this man? Jesus sees your helplessness. He knows your heart and hears your desperate cry. Do you want to be healed?