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Do you want to be made well?

Today, let’s look at this encounter at the pool of Bethesda.

When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”

The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” ~ John 5:6-7

This is another wonderful story of Jesus and His ministry. And it certainly turned out to be a red letter day for the man at the pool, but I want to make an observation about how we guard our hearts, and can miss what the Lord is holding out to us.

Jesus asks a simple question. “Do you want to be made well?”

I wonder whether this man had not yet heard any of the stories of Jesus healing those who came to Him. Otherwise, why would he keep coming to this pool where his chances were slim.

In any case, observe with me how he answers Jesus.

  • He does not say, “If You are willing,” like the leper.
  • He does not say, “If you are able,” like the man at the bottom of the mount of Transfiguration.
  • He does not say, “If I can just touch His clothes,” like the woman with the issue of blood.
  • He does not say, “Just the crumbs from the table would do the trick,” like they Greek woman.
  • He does not say, “Yes Please,” my personal favorite.

He just begins to lay out reasons that it will never happen.

This is a defense mechanism many who have been struggling with the same issue for decades use. This man has probably been carried to every place miracles were reported.

After 38 years of infirmity, you might get tired of trying. You might still go to the pool, but you are not really expecting anything from the Lord.

You have done it all.

  • You have gone to the meetings when the healers came through town.
  • You have read every book on the subject of divine healing.
  • You have put your hand on the TV when the Televangelist prayed for the sick.
  • You sent your money in and received the “blessed” handkerchief in the mail.

So when Jesus shows up, rather than saying, “Yes Lord,” you begin to brace yourself for another disappointment.

I love that none of that stopped Jesus from breaking the power of the 38-year-old sickness.

I pray today that you have not given up. I pray you, yes I am talking to you, will hear the voice of Jesus asking, “Do you want to be made well?” And I pray you will not be afraid to simply say, “Yes Lord.”

Ben NelsonThanks for coming by today.

Have a Red Letter day.



Related article: Spiritual Healing by Keri Wyatt Kent


10 thoughts on “Do you want to be made well?

  1. Larry Carroll

    Hi Ben,
    When I read this, I immediately thought of another person with long term issues. Then I said (inside me), "Hey wait! This applies to me, too!"


  2. cycleguy

    It does get old waiting around and hoping something will happen. But it also requires trust in the ONE who is able to heal or to change the scene. As hard as it sometimes is, I say with Job "Though he slay me yet will I trust Him." Healing or not.

    1. Ben Nelson

      Amen - that is so hard to say, but truly if He never did another thing - it is enough. Yet i believe He is in the healing business.

      Thanks Pastor Bill.

  3. bennetta faire

    Well I have to say I empathize with this dude--decades of doing all the things you mentioned, been there-done that. It takes a supernatural encounter. I had given up, believed the lie that I wasn't deserving--and "spiritualized" the situation, saying it was okay, that "it kept me humble, leaning on God". Which was a total crock, since I didn't really know God, to lean on Him--let alone humble myself! And then He showed up, just like at the pool--and badda boom, badda bing--we're rollin' now!! God bless you and the fam.

  4. lisa

    Amen! Faith never gives up, he tells us to wait on him, he never fails us, its often about his timing and not ours, or he is going to use the situation to teach us something......But never lose hope, patience is a virtue, hold on to his promises, each and everyone, including healings...he never fails us... amazing grace, amazing love.


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