Jesus traveled to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. He went to a pool called Bethesda, which was surrounded by people suffering from various disabilities. Legend had it that every once in awhile an angel would dip his wings into the water and stir it up and that the first person in would be healed.
A real healing occurred when Jesus arrived on the scene. Here’s what eyewitnesses reported:
One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
“Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”
But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.'”
So they asked him, “Who is this man who told you to pick it up and walk?”
The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.
Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.
Let’s look at our 2 BIG Questions:
Who exactly is Jesus?
Jesus once again demonstrates that he is the compassionate Great Physician.
What exactly should we do?
Jesus starts with a question we should all ask ourselves: “Do you want to get well?” Do we really want to abandon our favorite sins? Or are we too addicted to the world’s pleasures to quit?
Jesus ends with a command we should all take to heart: “Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.”
Let Jesus heal you. Turn from your sins and never return.
There’s no other way to live.