2016-12-19 - Why Do You Ask?
John 5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He *said to him, “Do you wish to get well?”
I was recently given an very different look at this question. Jesus visits a pool near the sheep gate in Jerusalem called Bethesda. People would gather there to be healed by an angel that would periodically disturb the water in the pool. The first person who was able to reach the water would be healed.
One of the men had been there for a very long time. Jesus walked up to him and asked what, to me, had seemed like a rhetorical question, "Do you wish to get well?" Well of course he would want to be well. It's obvious.
Or is it?
This person had been there for almost four decades. It all that time he had never been cured. Had he become comfortable with his situation? Was he living off of what people would leave him - a few coins here and there? Had he given up? Notice his response. He needed someone else to put him in the water in order to be healed.
He was incapable of doing anything to help himself.
And this is where a lot of people have to get before they reach out to Jesus seemingly as a last resort. But just as the Lord chose this individual to visit, he did the same with many of us who believe. He may not have told us to get up and walk, but He poured into us His life washing sin from us. Two very similar moments.
We wait until the last minute for so many things to ask for help. We try to solve our problems on our own before we finally reach out to the One standing next to us asking, "Will you let Me help you?". Sound familiar?
Lord - Help me be mindful of Your ever-present love and guidance. I want to be more aware and responsive to doors that You may be opening or closing in my life. Amen.
Grace & Peace,
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.