John 5:1-13 We see Jesus inside Jerusalem at the sheep market, located in the center of the city and surrounded by the prosperity of Jerusalem. In the middle of all this commerce we see Jesus at the “Pool of Bethesda having five porches” and at each of the five porches were different cultures of people.
Vs. 3 “In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, the blind, the halt, the withered, waiting for the movement of the water.” There were not any hospitals as we know them today, the “Pool of Bethesda” was a holding place for sick people. These “Impotent folks” were stuck in a life with no hope or a future.
It was rumored that an Angel would trouble the water and whosoever was first in the pool was healed.
Vs. 5-6 “a certain man had an infirmity for 38 years. When Jesus saw him lie.” Jesus asked what seemed to be a stupid question; “Will thou be made whole?” At first glance one would think; of course he wants to be made whole, he’s been lame for 38 years! After I examined the scriptures more carefully, I can understand why Jesus would ask the question; “Will thou be made whole?” First of all, the lame man answered with an excuse, “I have no man to put me in the pool: but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” I believe that in 38 years of waiting, one would have plenty of time to roll oneself down to the pool and be ready when the time was right. First we must first notice a key word in Vs.6 “When Jesus saw him LIE, and knew he had been there a LONG TIME.!” Jesus knew that this lame man had settled in on this “porch of lame people.” He had been “laying there for 38 years.” He had gotten comfortable on the porch and he even made himself a “bed” there. His mouth said he wanted to be healed but his actions did not. Just like some of us today, we have developed an “Addiction to our Afflictions.” We have made ourselves comfortable in our own “infirmities.”
We’ve got plenty of excuses why we can’t get up and now you’ve made a bed in this mess? It’s like living in the ghetto, I can spot those that have given up by the old couch on their front porch. What “porch” are you on? Sickness porch, addiction porch, financial porch, or the divorced porch? If you have made yourself a “bed” in it, and your “laying” in it for 38 years and got plenty of excuses why you can’t get out? God will not disturb you if your comfortable where you are. Jesus said “WILL thou be made whole?” God has all power over the enemy, but He has no power over your own “WILL.” The impotent man answers Jesus with two excuses: “Sir, I have no man to put me in the pool…and while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Well I guess so, they wanted it more than you, and after all you’ve had “38 years” and 38 chances to roll yourself down to the pool at that “certain season.” Jesus then spoke to him and said; “RISE, TAKE UP THY BED, AND WALK!” Jesus didn’t preach to him, pray for him, anoint him with oil, or lay hands on him. Jesus CHALLENGED him, “GET UP!” Stop living where you’re not challenged, you must learn to push yourself.
After I had spinal surgery, everyone wanted to help me, too much help is not good for you, and it’ll make you weak. Physical Therapy taught me to push strength through the pain, if I had made a bed and laid in it, I would have just gotten weaker. Your in the struggle, struggles make you stronger. Decide what “porch” you’re on, then “rise, take up thy bed, and walk, and immediately the man was made whole.”
Until next time, keep your face in the wind and your kickstand up.
To be found faithful,