Jesus visited the pool of Bethesda, to see a crippled man who had been disabled for thirty eight years. Jesus’s question to the man could make a person wonder, whether or not he was being redundant. Onlookers would suggest that it was obvious that the man wanted to be healed. Why then would he have been sitting by the pool, waiting for it to be stirred so that he could step in? The idea was that at certain times, an angel would step in and stir the pool and the first person who stepped in after the stirring, would be made whole from their infirmity. “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”” (John 5:7).
Notice that Jesus didn’t ask the man, why he had not been made whole after thirty eight years. He didn’t ask him why he had not made it into the pool before then. The man was ready with an excuse for why he was still crippled. The man hoped that Jesus could enter into his experience and understand why it was difficult for him to be healed. Maybe the man hoped that Jesus would hang around and wait with him for the pool to be stirred, to help him get to into the water. The reality is that the likelihood of that was slim, because there were many people competing to get into the water.
There was good news for the man. The healing which Jesus would offer was not one that he needed to compete for. All the man needed to do, was to agree with Jesus and he would be made well. “Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk”” (John 5:8). At this statement from Jesus, the man was instantly healed, took up his bed and walked away from that pool.
As long as the man remained fixated on the pool, he would remain bound. His healing was not dependent on the pool being stirred, but on his belief in Jesus Christ. Jesus asked the question in the beginning, because there are people who unfortunately, do not want to be made well. A small minority of people, are addicted to the attention and sympathy that they gain from being unwell. Some people have been unwell for so long, that they stop believing that it is possible to be healed. Thirty eight years was a long time, but the man’s desire to be healed drew the attention of Jesus Christ. This desire led to his healing and freedom from his infirmity.
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed” (John 8:36).
Published by Anneta Pinto-Young
I am a trained Social Worker who currently provides professional leadership on a programme to support Social Work students and Newly Qualified Social Workers entering the Social Work Profession.
Born and raised in Jamaica in a Christian family where my father is an ordained Pastor and Deacon who has served for over 50 years in the ministry. My father is also a trained musician and our family can be described as a musical family. I grew up in a small farming community in St. Peter’s, St. Andrew and my parents also have a small farm.
I credit my gift of writing to my father who I watched and listened to over the years as he wrote sermons, poems and other recitals in his capacity in ministry. English has always been an easy subject for me and over the years I have developed an increased interest in writing.
I am a Trainer, I sing and have a passion for worship, the spoken word and the free flow of the prophetic anointing. I am married to my best friend Andrew Christopher Young who is an advanced Musician and whose music you can find on YouTube and Facebook. I am a trained Coach and Mentor and I love experimenting with food so I love cooking. I enjoy trying cultural dishes from across the world and I view food as an entry into cultures and languages.
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February 5, 2022
Republished on Crossmap with permission from Anneta Pinto.