02 March 2015

When Jesus Healed a Lame Man at the Pool of Bethesda

Yesterday at church we talked about the paralytic who was healed at the pool of Bethesda, and for whatever reason the comments that were made in class and the spirit that I felt gave me an entirely new perspective. 

For thirty-eight years there was a man who wanted to be healed, and for thirty-eight years this man never lost hope. He didn't become bitter and stop believing in the possibility of being healed, and after waiting for thirty-eight long years Christ came to him. Now, Christ didn't immediately tell this man he was going to heal him, in fact Christ didn't immediately heal him! We all know He could have, but instead Christ looked at this impotent man and asked, "Wilt thou be made whole?"

Point being is that first and foremost, before any kind of healing is going to take place, we have to be willing to be healed and have the desire to be healed. It has to be our desire. It has to come from within us.

Second point is this: one of the greatest gifts we've been given here on earth is the gift of free agency, right? And if Christ were to heal us without our consent, without any effort on our part, and without our willing acceptance, wouldn't that in some way be Christ taking away a small portion of our agency? 

In the end, we know Jesus Christ has all power. He has the power to heal us from any infirmity, whether physically, mentally, emotionally, psychologically or spiritually. He could have immediately healed the entire multitude at Bethesda, but He, in His infinite wisdom, knew that wouldn't have been  nearly as effective. And then, when Christ knew the lame man would be and was willing to be made whole, He said, "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk."

The ones who truly want help, the ones who truly want to be healed, the ones who truly seek Christ's grace and mercy, are more often than not the quickest to act.