Wilt Thou Be Made Whole?
It’s amazing how people will keep using a technique over and over to solve a problem, even if it’s obviously not working. Two thousand years ago, a crippled man learned to take a different approach to his situation.
The fifth chapter of John tells us about the Pool of Bethesda. People with all sorts of diseases would come to that pool, hoping to be healed. Apparently, legend had it that an angel would come to the water every now and then, and stir up the water. Once the water was stirred, the first person in the pool would be healed.
When Jesus came by the pool, he found a man lying there who had been crippled for 38 years. When Jesus saw the man, he said, “Wilt thou be made whole?” or, “Do you wish to be made well?”
The question seems to be too obvious – of course the crippled man wanted to be made well. However, we learn where the man was coming from by his answer: “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
You see, Jesus really wanted to know if the man was serious about being healed, and trying something new, that is, being healed by faith in Jesus. Obviously, the crippled man’s technique of being made well hadn’t worked in thirty eight years, so it really was time to try something new. Jesus offered the man a way to be healed that didn’t rely on circumstances, or on any other person.
If you’ve been frustrated by a situation where your old approach just isn’t working, then it’s time to try something new. If “thou wilt be made whole,” try a godly approach to life’s issues, and you’ll be able to “rise and walk” just like the crippled man of 2,000 years ago
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