20 Sep John 5:1-8

After these things there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.

Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, [waiting for the moving of the waters; for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.] A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 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?” 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.” Jesus *said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.”

There are many hurting people who will make herculean efforts for just a chance of being healed. I have seen people carry crosses, stand in vast lines to get to the faith healer, pay huge sums of money for a blessed prayer cloth, or pray to the latest image of Jesus found on a tortilla. Imagine the shuffling sounds of those needy, hurting people in John 5 struggling to get into the water as it began to gurgle. We read there was, “One” there. A certain man. One solitary, human being in the midst of this vast throng. Until Jesus saw him. Jesus asked him if he wanted to get well. His answer is one of self-pity, “I have no one to help me in the pool.” We must understand that the man did have someone to help him, and He was speaking to him. Jesus is close to you and He can heal you. Don’t be a complainer who is avoided by others. Receive the healing of Jesus and tell others about Him.