November 20, 2011
John 5:1-9 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. (2) Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. (3) In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. (4) For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. (5) And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. (6) When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? (7) The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. (8) Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. (9) And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
Imagine not being able to walk, but knowing a cure was only a few feet away. Every year, you come to this healing pool, but you are pushed aside by people wanting their own healing. How would you feel after thirty-eight years of trying? That is exactly how this man felt. If only someone would help him into the water. No one ever did.
Ah, but one day, Jesus came by. When Jesus came by, this man who could not walk did not need help getting into the pool of water, he drank of the Living Water, he trusted in Jesus and Jesus made him whole.