“Do You Wish To Be Healed?”


BIBLE READING: John 5
                Do you want a better life?  That question may sound rather silly, but I want you to really think about the question.  Do you want a better life?  Essentially that is what Jesus asked the lame man in John 5.  This lame man had been an invalid for thirty-eight years and had been coming to a local spot in hopes of receiving some healing from God. As he lay there waiting to receive the healing, Jesus asked him a very simple question. “Do you want to be healed?”  One might think that the answer would be a rather simple answer of “Yes, of course I want to be healed”.  However, that isn’t his answer.  Instead, the man answers something to the effect of “Sir, how can I when there is no one to help me?”.  It seems rather unlikely that this man would have known who Jesus was, but still why not answer a simple question with a simple answer.  Let’s look at this from a different direction, “do you want to live a life like Jesus?”  Now, you may have answered a very definite “yes”. However, if we really wanted to live a life like Jesus, then why aren’t we?  Is it difficult?  Yes!  What makes it so difficult?  Maybe it is our situation that makes it hard, or maybe because we don’t exactly have all the tools we need, or maybe because the time isn’t convenient.  You see…. now we have become like the lame man, always offering excuses.  Let’s not be so hard on this man because of his excuse, because likely you would have done the same thing.
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