My Dear Brothers and Sisters, I greet and bless everyone in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. The blessed word that God has given for you today is from the book of John 5:5-6 “’Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity for thirty eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”’
In a way we are all by nature mute to spiritual things. We may be blind and withered but God has provision for our cure if we attend to it. There was a pool by the name of Bethesda in Jerusalem, which means house of mercy. Jesus performed miracles to those who came to this pool for mercy. All those who were sick surrounded the pool. A multitude of people namely the lame, blind, paralyzed and those with other disease flocked around the pool. Every day they would wait patiently for the angel to descend into the pool. Usually an angel went down and stirred the water and whatever disease it was, this water cured it. But only he that stepped first into the pool had the benefit of being healed. So no one with a disease would ever miss the chance of getting into the pool.
Jesus made a note of this man of infirmity who was lying there for thirty eight years. When Jesus saw him in such a helpless condition, Jesus took pity on him. He was lying there among the throng of sufferers, every sorrow of every heart, revealed that his life had been marred by the curse of sin. Jesus on that day came in search of him, and asked him “Do you want to be made well?”The man confessed that there was no one to help him get into the pool, when the angel stirred up the water. Jesus knowing his helpless condition said to him “Get up, take up your bed and walk”. And immediately the man became healed. It was a joyful surprise to the poor cripple to find himself with a sudden change in his limbs.
Jesus came to preach good tidings to the poor. He came to heal the broken hearted to proclaim liberty to the captives. He came to save that which was lost. Here was a man who was diseased for thirty eight years. But in a moment God healed him. And he went home liberated.
God wants to liberate you of whatever is holding you back. God is willing to heal you, right now. All you need to do is to submit yourself to Him. The period of time is not a matter, for God. He will rescue you at His appointed time.
Prayer: Our loving heavenly Father, we thank You for this blessed day. We are thankful to You Lord, for the healing touch of Your hand. You are sympathetic and kind, towards the poor. You heal the sick and the downtrodden. We exalt Your Holy name. We praise you for healing the sick man at the pool of Bethesda. Heal us of our infirmities. In Jesus name we pray.