“When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” “I can’t sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.” Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat and walk!” John 5:6-8
Jesus is full of compassion. He looked at this lame man that had been ill for a long time. He saw him and knew his affliction. He knew exactly how long that he had suffered. There were many there that day but he chose him to bless.
What is interesting is that Jesus knew that the man wanted to be healed yet he asked him if he did. Sometimes we get comfortable in affliction and sin. It is easier to stay on the mat than to get up and implement change and receive what Jesus is offering. Jesus was aiming for his heart with his question. He was asking about the condition of his heart, not of his physical impairment.
The man’s response was simple. “I can’t sir.” He then goes onto explain why he could not be healed. In essence he was saying that he had no friends or family that would help him into the healing waters when the angel came to stir them. See, the first person into the pool after the angel had stirred the waters would be healed.
It would seem to me that once a person was healed that they would turn to help one of the others lying by the pool. That is often the case though. People experience healing and hope and keep it to themselves instead of spreading it to all around them.
He was telling Jesus someone was always ahead of him. No one would help him. He had no hope. Have you ever felt like him? I know that I have. There is such good news! Hope Himself was standing in front of the lame man and He is standing in front of you!
He’s asking you, do you want to be healed? Then stand up, take your mat and walk. Make the changes necessary to get rid of the mat! Why can’t it be you? You may not have anyone close to you that can help you up, but let me tell you that Jesus is all of the help that you will ever need! With help from the Holy Spirit you can overcome any sin or affliction that is in your life. Put your trust into Hope Himself. He wants you to be free!