What Do You Want From Me?

13th November

Crowds of sick people – blind, lame or paralysed – lay on the porches. One of the men laying there had been sick for almost thirty eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, He asked him, “Would you like to get well?””

John 5:3-6

Sometimes, situations in our lives can be dictated by someone’s opinion. It could be a doctor’s opinion, bringing bad news of a permanent sickness or such like. That opinion can begin to define your day to day life routine. It could be a boss or co-worker who says you will never amount to anything or get that promotion you deserve. You then start to feel useless and under-perform because of the ‘nothing’ label you carry. Furthermore, it could be even closer to home. Perhaps a spouse or family member is constantly putting you down. If that is you. Then read Jesus’ words to the man who had been sick for thirty eight years!! ‘Would you like to get well?’

The man who had been sick for thirty eight years let his circumstance and others opinion become a normal part of his life because he knew nothing else. His hope was that he could enter the pool of Bethesda and be healed, but because of his situation, he couldn’t reach there in time. Jesus, having compassion on this man, offered the words of life and hope that this man desperately needed to hear. ‘Would you like to get well?’ Today Jesus is saying the same words to us. What do you need from Jesus? What is that situation that is totally out of your control and needs a miracle? Perhaps you also have been carrying around a ‘sickness’ or ‘burden’ for many years. Is so, then Jesus is knocking at your door today, asking the same question to YOU, ‘WOULD YOU LIKE TO GET WELL?!’

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