The pool at Bethesda was quite extraordinary. It was Aramaic for House of Mercy. It was a fitting name given because of the desperate people’s surrounding pool. Many came from all over came to sit beside it as it’s waters had healing properties. When an angel of the lord stirred the waters the first person to get into the water would be healed of whatever affliction that they faced.
5 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” 7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” 9 And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. John 5:5-9
Jesus encountered an invalid man who had sat and was still sitting by the pool after 38 years. Then Christ asked him a rather strange question, “Do you want to be healed.” I say a strange question because who would sit there all that time without a reason. Who if had the opportunity wouldn’t fight to be first in the water to be healed of a terrible addiction.
This unknown man replies to Jesus that he never had anyone to help him into the water once it was stirred. The mans reply was his excuse. He justified his not being healed based upon so,done else not belong him. Even though he made excuses, Jesus tells the man to to rise and walk. Jesus healed this man bypassing the pool of Bethesda but inserting himself as the place of house and mercy, and of healing for one’s soul.
I often speak to people about this section of scripture. And I ask them what stands in the way of their healing. Jesus offers it to each of us through his blood. Scripture tells us in the book of Isaiah that by his stripes we are healed. Yet, many of us aren’t healed.
Now, I’m not specifically speaking of physical healing. I have ailments and I still believe that the good lord will heal me of them. But I’m not allowing those to dictate my spiritual healing. Each of us can have a reawakening in our spirits and we can choose to accept and believe that we have been forgiven and healed from all of our spiritual ailments.
But it’s a choice. Everything in life is about choice. You can be in a bad time in life, it it doesn’t mean that you have to make excuses why you’re there. We can choose to still praise the lord and thank him for his unwavering love, grace, and mercy upon us in our situation.
The man at the pool choose to sit in a place where he could be healed for 38 years. We don’t have to wait that long. So today, if you’ve been waiting for your healing reach out to Christ. Accept his love, grace and mercy. Thank God for sending him to save you and heal your heart. Thank him for his forgiveness of your sins, and thank him for healing you.
For a long period of time in my life I was the man at the pool. I made every excuse, but one day I accepted forgiveness and was healed in my heart and spirit. You can too.
Remember that Brenda and I love you, and that God does too.