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Do You Want To Be Healed?

When Jesus saw him lying and knew that he has already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” 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 5:6-7 ESV


This is the story of a blind and paralyzed man at the Pool in Bethesda. It was said that this pool healed those it touched as the water started to bubble. The catch was, you had to be the first one to touch the water. This man being paralyzed, could not reach the water fast enough.


Jesus came to the pool and saw this man who had been laying there for 38 years. Trying to be healed but could never reach the pool fast enough.


Jesus asked him, “Do you want to be healed?”


Let’s think about us for a second. If we had the opportunity to speak to Jesus and he asked us if we wanted to be healed? What would you say?

Yes right? But, the man at the pool said he had no one to help move him to the water and everyone would get there before him.


What did this man reply to Jesus?


An excuse.


The truth is, Jesus has the ability to heal. And heal us from it all. But what do we do? What do we reply to him?


A long list of excuses.


“But I can’t.”

“But what about how they hurt me?”

“They need to show some accountability.”

“It’s too much work.”

“It’s too painful to remember everything.”


We get stuck in this Victim Mentality. We get stuck in feelings of Anger, Resentment, Bitterness.


And why do we stay there? Because it’s easier. But also because it’s easier to put the blame on others than to work on ourselves. Or. . . want to hear the hard truth? Because it’s easier than admitting that we are sinners too.


Just because we didn’t hurt others or do what “they” did or could never do that to someone, doesn’t make us perfect, in fact, it doesn’t even make us better than them.

We are all the same.

We are all sinners.

And we all need Jesus.


At the end of the day, who is us not wanting to heal affecting?

Us and only us.

Not the people who did us wrong but us.


And it’s affecting our relationship with Jesus.


He can heal all.

And he will heal all.


Jesus Heals

And Jesus will heal you.


I had been praying to hear God speak to me. There are some things that I am still working through and I know that it is only myself holding me back. I don't want to let go, I don't want to it go until I feel that others have been held accountable for their actions, until I get some sort of acknowledgement or better yet apology.


This passage was for me and for me to hear. Jesus has repeatedly been coming to me asking me "Do you want to be healed?" and I still continue to give him excuses. He's telling me that I have been ready all along, that I have never needed anything else but Him. But mostly, he is showing me that he has still never abandoned me. Even with my millions of excuses that I give He still asks me every day, "Do you want to be healed?" with arms wide open.


I want to be healed.

I have been in pain for far too long.


Do you want to be healed?


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