John 5:1-9 (NLT)

Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. One of the men lying there had been sick for 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?”

“I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.” Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!” Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking!

This miracle happened in Jerusalem at the early phase of Jesus ministry. People flocked to the pool of Bethesda because they believed an angel came down from time to time to stir it up, and the first person to get in, got healed.

This forgotten man, with no one to help him, had been suffering for 38 years – he had been suffering for a generation. Suffering in plain sight of everyone for that length of time and no one was able to do anything for him.

Jesus healed him instantly; no money changed hands; no buying of items referred to as faith extenders (like holy oils, holy water, holy candles, holy aprons and handkerchiefs); no cameras; no big advertising effort; the man did not even know who this Jesus was.

Jesus heals without fanfare, without noise, without pay; Jesus looks at the heart of the seeker. The Prophet Jeremiah had already given the Israelites a promise from God which states ‘You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart’ (Jer. 29:13 NIV).

Would you like to get well? This is the foundational condition for your healing. Call on Jesus the Messiah, the Christ, the Miracle Worker, with humility, with soberness, with sincere brokenness, and see him come to your rescue like he did for the neglected man.

May the Lord Jesus heal you and deliver you, as you call on him, with all your heart – Amen!


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