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October 3, 2013

October 3, 2013

"Healing Choices: Do You Want to be Healed?"

“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?’”John 5: 6 NIV

You probably know I like to help people. Most ministers do. But sometimes my desire to help causes a problem. I want to help people who aren't ready to be helped. That always turns out poorly.

It took me a long time to learn that lesson. You can only help people who are ready and willing to be helped. People who need healing can only be healed if they want to be healed.

Our verse from John is in the story of the man who lays by the pool at Bethesda at the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem. Jesus comes there one day and sees him by the pool. He learns that he has been an invalid for 38 years.

He goes over to the man and asks him a question, “Do you want to get well?” It’s kind of interesting that at first he doesn’t say yes. He explains why he can’t get well. Finally, Jesus shows him that healing is not in the pool but in Him.

Some people are not ready to be healed. Sometimes there are deep wounds and hurts that they are not ready to give up. To be well you have to give up what’s making you sick. Sometimes they are very intimate parts of you.

You also have to give up control. The man thought his problem was the need for people to put him in the pool. He could control that. What he had to do was let God be God and admit that it wasn’t others he needed, but God.

In response to the man’s statement that he had no one to help him Jesus offered him the help that he really needed. The greatest healer was holding out help, knowing that we can’t but God can.

Jesus’ trip to Calvary provides the healing for each one of us that we desperately need. The question lingers for us: do you really want to be healed?

Peace in the Lord,

Pastor Don