Verse 6: 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?”
This healing story seems very different to me. The man did not seek out Jesus. He did not exhibit any great faith or courage. He didn’t even directly answer Jesus when he was asked the question in verse 6. Why did Jesus choose this man to be healed, and then slip away?
This makes me realize once again how many times Jesus saves me and heals me without my asking. I think Jesus is telling me to ask. “Do you want to get well?” Of course I do! But I need to ask, to let Jesus know I believe in his power and his grace. And then I need to live a changed life, every day remembering how I have been blessed by God.
Heavenly Father, you have the power to heal me, my inside and my outside. Most of the time I forget to even ask. I need you, God.
When I called, you answered me. You made me bold and stouthearted. Psalm 138:3
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