Wednesday, 6 January 2021
Title: Do You Want To Be Healed?
Author: Pastor Wallace Ong
Book of John 5: 2-9, 14
2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. 3 In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. 5 One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” 7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” 9 And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked… 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.”
There was a man who had been an invalid and lying on his own mat for 38 years waiting to get well. Jesus spotted him and asked, “Do you want to be healed?” When I first read this passage, it seems rather strange to me: “Do you want to be healed?” Wasn’t the answer obvious? But why did Jesus ask that question? We can presume that Jesus never asks a pointless question. If we consider carefully, there are times people simply don’t want to be healed or get well. Even though they moan incessantly about their sins or illnesses – emotionally, physically, or psychologically, they are in fact at ease or even feeling comfortable with their prevailing conditions – unconsciously.
How is your situation? Do you want to be healed of your sins or addictions? Do you want your marriage or family relationship problems to be cured? The man’s answer to Jesus’ question was as puzzling as Jesus’ question to him. Instead of a simple, straight forward or even slightly desperate answer like “Of course, I would like to be healed!”, he replied, ” Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” The content of his answer sounds like, “Jesus, you don’t quite understand how difficult my situation is; you can’t fathom all my challenges and struggles.”
How many times God has told us about the works he wants to do in our lives? Instead, we come up with countless reasons why we cannot obey Him. How often through sermons, devotional exhortations, and God’s Word – Jesus is asking us, “Do you want to be healed?” Do we humble ourselves to acknowledge our helplessness, flaws and bankruptcy? Do we accept that we are weak and need Jesus’ help, casting away our pride and crying out to Him, “Yes, Lord Jesus, I want to be healed, I cannot do it by myself, please heal me, make me whole in You.”
As we begin the year 2021, let us come before Jesus to start afresh with Him. Admit our sins, our flaws, our weaknesses, and say to Jesus, “YES, Lord, I want to be healed and get well, have thine own way Lord!”
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your compassion and love for us. Oh Lord Jesus, You are always looking out for us, coming beside us and asking us “Do you want to be healed?” Help us Oh Lord to humble ourselves to admit that we need Your help in living our lives each day. Make us whole in You, Oh Lord, so that our life will be filled with Joy, Peace, and Love from You. We can rejoice again to sing praise to You, we can stand up and walk with You. We will no longer be an invalid, weighed down by our sins! In Jesus’ Mighty name, I pray, Amen!
约翰福音5:2-9, 14 [新译本]
2 在耶路撒冷靠近羊门有一个水池，希伯来话叫作毕士大，池边有五条走廊。 3 在那里躺着许多病人，有瞎眼的、瘸腿的和瘫痪的。5 那里有一个人，病了三十八年。 6 耶稣看见他躺着，知道他病了很久，就问他：“你要痊愈吗？” 7 病人回答：“先生，水动的时候，没有人把我放在池里；自己想去的时候，总是给别人抢先。” 8 耶稣对他说：“起来，拿着你的褥子走吧。” 9 那人立刻痊愈，就拿起褥子走了。…. 14 后来，耶稣在殿里遇见那人，对他说：“你已经痊愈了，不可再犯罪，免得招来更大的祸患。”
有一个瘫痪了38年的病人躺在自己的褥子上等待痊愈。耶稣看见他，就问他：“你要痊愈吗？” 当我第一次阅读这段经文时，我觉得这似乎有点奇怪：“你要痊愈吗？” 答案不是很明显吗？但是耶稣为什么要问这个问题呢？我们可以假定耶稣从不问无意义的问题。如果我们仔细思考，有些时候一些人根本就不想被治愈或康复。即使他们不停地抱怨自己的罪过或疾病–在情感上、身体上或心理上，他们实际上对自己的现况感到自在，甚至在不知不觉中感到舒服。
您的情况如何？您想治愈自己的罪恶或瘾癖吗？您希望您的婚姻或家庭关系问题得到治愈吗？那人对耶稣的问题的回答就像耶稣对他所发的问题一样令人费解。他的回答不是一个简单、直截了当，甚或带点绝望的回答，比如 “当然，我希望被治愈！”，他回答说：“先生，水动的时候，没有人把我放在池里；自己想去的时候，总是给别人抢先。” 他回答的内容听起来像是，“耶稣，你不太了解我的处境有多困难，你无法理解我所有的挑战和挣扎。”