Jesus Heals The Man With Infirmity. - Bro. T. Stephen
My Dear Brother and Sister in Christ, I greet and bless you in the name of our Creator, Maker, and ever unforgettable Lord Jesus Christ. The blessed word that the Lord has given for you today is from the book of John 5:5,6 “Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
My Dear Brother And Sister, from the above context we see how Jesus met a man who was lying there for thirty eight years. Knowing his pitiable state Jesus went near him and asked him if he wanted to be made well. Jesus pities his case; he asks him if he was willing to be made whole. Jesus knew that the poor man lay there for that very purpose; but He wanted him to declare his miserable, helpless state and condition, and draw out his faith and hope in himself; and from his answer Jesus decided to take an occasion to heal him. Jesus knew that he had been “in his disease” for a long period of time. Bible commentators say that he was sick seven years before Jesus was born. Jesus realised that he had lived many years, and was now an old man; Jesus took pity on him because he realized that he had been in that state for a very, very long period and he needed immediate deliverance. So he said unto him, ““Do you want to be made well?”
My Dear Brother and Sister, He was lying by the pool of Bethesda, in Jerusalem. There were many lying around the pool for healing. There was something special in that pool. Every day an angel would descend, into pool and stir the water. While the water is stirred someone who gets into the pool will get healed. But there was no one to lift him up and dip him into the pool, while the angel stirred the water. When Jesus asked him if he wanted to get well then he said, that before he could get in, someone else gets into the pool and so he couldn’t get healed. The man was lying there helplessly waiting for deliverance for nearly thirty eight years. Usually one suffers from disease because of their sin and sinful nature. This man was one such person who because of his sin was unable to move, from his hip to his feet. And so he was unable to walk. If he had been able to walk he could have easily dipped into the pool, when the water was stirred. Yet he never lost his hope in life. He remained patiently, hoping that one day he will get healed.
My Dear BrotherAnd Sister, The man believed that one day God will forgive all his sins and heal him of all his disease. Then he will be able to run, walk and carry out his work. He hoped that God will give him another opportunity to live. As he believed, Jesus Himself came in search of him one day. When Jesus asked him if he wanted to get healed he replied that he was willing to be healed. But he also said, that before he could get into the pool, someone else would get into the pool, when the angel stirred the water. Jesus looked up to him and said, “Arise take up your bed and walk.”The Bible says, immediately the man got healed. So he took up his bed and walked away. Jesus did not talk to him about his sin or his sinful nature. Jesus forgave his sins and healed him. He had suffered enough and he needed deliverance instantly. So Jesus healed him. Are you sick and suffering then wait upon God He will heal you. But before being healed, you need to get rid of all your evil habits and sinful activities that stands as an obstruction to your healing and blessing. Reconcile with God immediately and you shall receive healing. God Bless you.
Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, We thank You for this blessed day. Lord thank for being so merciful and gracious to the man with infirmity. Thank You Lord for taking pity on him and healing him immediately. Heal us also of our disease and forgive us of our sins. May we repent of our sinful nature and reconcile with God.