John 5: 5-9
In these verses lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.
Do you want to be made whole? This was the question that Jesus posed to the man who had been paralyzed for 38 years of his life. He would often look at other people getting healed, while he waited for his healing.
One of the lessons I learned from this awesome Bible story, is that Jesus knows how to keep it real with us. So often in our lives, we come up with excuses as to why we’re not where we want to be, and justify while we’re still in the same place that we were 10 years ago. Nothing seemingly has changed. One quote that I love to live by, says that
Nothing changes until something changes.
How can we expect different results in our lives, but we continue to make the same choices, stay in the same places, and do the same thing over and over again.
The second lesson that I learned from this Bible story is that we can’t sit around and wait for something to happen or for others to do for us. The paralyzed man had too many excuses for Jesus. This is the reason why his healing did not take place. It was because he never had the help of another person to put him in the pool when the angel came. If you wait for others, to help you, or allow that to be an excuse as to why things haven’t, or isn’t happening in your life that’s on you. It’s time to get up and get moving. Can you imagine after all that time… Oh, what this man must have thought? It may be the same thoughts that you have, so much time has passed and I’ll never do this or that. For him, he was waiting to be healed. What is holding you back? What excuses have you made?
The third and final lesson that I’ve learned from this Bible story. Is that when Jesus tells you to do something you must be obedient. Imagine if the paralyzed man had not followed the instructions that were given to him by Jesus. What if he had made an excuse, when Jesus commanded him to stand up and walk. However, one of the first things he had to do was follow instructions, and those instructions were to take up the mat that he had been lying on for 38 years. Are you being obedient to the voice of the Holy Spirit? Are you doing what God has told you to do? God does not want us to make excuses for what he tells us to do. For He knows the plans that He has for us. All He is waiting for us to do is to have faith and trust in Him. Most importantly, He wants us to obey. Some of you have dreams that you’ve been waiting to come to pass, but you’ve been waiting because you’ve been disobedient. Your dreams have been delayed. Some of you have been making excuses, while others are holding on to bitterness and hurt, and refuse to let go of the past. So, just like Jesus, I ask the same question, do you want to be made whole? What’s holding you back?
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