John 5:7-10 – Lesson #50

When Jesus went to the pool of Bethesda, He saw “a great multitude of sick people” (John 5:3). But Jesus passed through the multitude and approached a man “who had an infirmity thirty-eight years” (John 5:5) and asked him, “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:6). Why did Jesus single out this particular man?

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“The sick man answered Him, ‘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.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk.’ And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.”

Everything Jesus did during His ministry was for the purpose of presenting the glory of God and His gospel plan of Salvation. His presentation was often in the form of direct teaching, but He also taught truth through confrontational exchanges and the miracles He chose to perform.

Jesus passed through the multitude and chose one. The man chosen for healing did not show ANY understanding of Jesus. Nicodemus, the woman at the well, and the nobleman from Capernaum all showed some level of understanding, but this man knew nothing! And yet, He was chosen; “just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4). Praise be to God!

This miracle was a physical healing and says nothing about the Spiritual condition of the man. However, it certainly teaches us many Spiritual truths. The first truth is simply that God does the choosing, not because we deserve to be chosen; “not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us” (Titus 3:5). The second truth is seen in the utter hopelessness of the man. He knew he was sick and knew he had no ability to heal himself. There is no room for the Savior of true Salvation while we still believe there is hope in our own ability.

Finally, Jesus healed the man and told him to do what was impossible in his own strength, “stand, pick up, and walk!” The fact that Salvation is a complete gift does not remove our responsibility. We are given the faith to believe and yet told, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 16:31). Those who are in Christ are cleansed of all sin and yet exhorted to, “be holy in all your conduct” (1 Peter 1:15). Our gift of forgiveness is always accompanied with a call to holiness and to a life which would not be possible without Christ.

Jesus continues to call those who have reached the end of themselves – those who recognize their need for a Savior and desire to be saved. He then performs a Spiritual healing through the transformation of our heart and the indwelling Holy Spirit. And with each new creation, He tells us to do what would otherwise not be possible – to stand and begin to walk as a new creation! Let’s stop placing our hope in the solutions of man. Let’s place our trust in Him alone and begin to walk as one who has been completely healed.

Have a Great Day!
Steve Troxel God’s Daily Word Ministries