Then one day HE came by. The man probably thought it would be a day like every other day. The angel would come down and stir up the water and everyone would rush to the pool hoping to be the first to step into the healing waters and be healed. He would be stepped over, pushed around, shoved to the side, and he would not make it once again. This day would not be like the others. No, there was Someone in town who would change things. Jesus was here
verse 6: when Jesus saw him lying there, and knew he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” (7) The sick man answered Him, “Sir I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” (8) Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.”
That was it! All it took was the words from the Savior, Jesus Christ, and he was healed. Completly. He didn’t do anything to deserve it, he didn’t even ask for it specifically, he just admitted that he needed and desired to be made well. Jesus knew he needed healed and so that is what he did. After 38 years of suffering and waiting for someone to help him all it took was a look and a word from the Son of God. Nothing else. That is how it is for us. We were sinners, needing a way out. No one else could do it for us, no one could push us into the water so-to-speak, it just took Jesus and us realizing we needed Him to make us right.
THE REST OF THE STORY: Another part of that story I find interesting is that after the man picked up his mat and walked, after 38 years of lying there, others there, the Pharisies that is, weren’t interested in the fact that this man could walk. They were not impressed with the idea that after all of these years suddenly he was walking and carrying his mat. No, they were more concerned with the fact that it was the Sabbath and he was not to be carrying his mat. He was doing something that in their eyes was unlawful to do on the Sabbath. Hello, it was Jesus the Son of God who healed him. The God they worshipped on the Sabbath. How could they completely overlook this great miracle and not rejoice with this man? Instead they wanted to know WHO told the man he could get up and carry his mat? ‘How dare he! We don’t do things like that on the Sabbath!’
This just made me stop and think a bit. It is very easy to get caught up in a legalistic mindset. Let us not be guilty of this Pharisie way of thinking. Let us not forget WHO and WHY we are worshipping, and let’s not ignore and walk by those who need The Savior. Instead introduce them to Him and then celebrate with them when they find Him.