In the Bible, Jerusalem had Bethesda where many invalids, the blind, lame, and paralyzed, laid waiting for a miracle. Among them was a man who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.
The man lay on a portico by the healing pool unable to move forward, unable to access the miracle, being denied an escape from his miserable life for almost 4 decades. Then he has a conversation with His maker and his life changes forever.
John 5:6-9 says – When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” 7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.”
8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.”
9 And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked.
The Gospel of John records this important conversation for those of us who are stuck in bed, literally or metaphorically who are waiting for the miracle. The pain of wasting away, time washing over you, having no one to help is a miserable reality for multitudes.
Some of us waste away in front of our gadgets. Some are stuck in the past and its mistakes, the losses and failures of the days gone by. Some have the misfortune of inherited traits that keep them on the ground, sharing in the misery passed on from generation to generation. Families of broken wings, dreams and tragedies.
Many among us are living in a crippled economy, rejection letters piling up in our inboxes, unemployed, disillusioned, in debt, and suffocated. Always left watching someone stronger, smarter, faster or abler walk away with the opportunity that could have changed our lives.
A lot of us are like that invalid man, awaiting our chance to improve our life, to be set free from the insufferable place of immobility. A lot of us are in desperate need of a conversation with the only one who can save us.
“Do you want to be healed?”
Imagine if Christ stood before you asking you this very same question. Do you want to be set free from your state of immobility? Do you want things to change? Examine your heart, face the years of disappointments and allow the Holy Spirit to reignite a desire to leap forth from whatever has been holding you back.
“Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.”
It HURTS to be so abjectly alone with no one to lend you support or wisdom or understanding. This man couldn’t find a single person who would help him for four decades. Nothing stopped Christ from saving him. No matter how great a betrayal/tragedy/rejection/ abuse you may have faced Christ can save you.
“Get up, take up your bed, and walk.”
The conversation with Jesus ends with instruction and immediate obedience.
“In a dream, a vision of the night, When sound sleep falls on men,
While they slumber in their beds, Then He opens the ears of men,
And seals their instruction.” -Job 33:15,16
Jesus left the splendour of heaven to freely give us the Kingdom of God. He is speaking to each of us, within our hearts, His spirit is convicting us, instructing and empowering us today to walk in His salvation. It doesn’t matter how deeply stuck or abandoned you are at this moment, for the miracle is no longer out of reach. Will you be as brave and ready as the invalid man to have this conversation with God today? If yes, the miracle worker stands at your bedside today with instructions for you to get up and walk in His way- The way of new life.