(Isaiah 53: 5; I Peter 2:24)
The man that was lame for 38 years encountered Jesus in one of His rare public ministries. As usual, he was among the many sick people waiting for the angel to stir up the water at the pool of Bethesda. Tradition says that this pool brings healing to whoever is the first to step into the water when the angel stirs it up, Expectedly however, this man gave up all hopes to ever be the first to touch the water since there was no one to help him. Jesus’ sensitive feelings saw his situation so He asked him a question that stirred hope in his heart, “Do you wish to get well?”
With his infirmity were series of painful experiences of rejection perhaps and frustration to his helplessness to live decently. Suddenly, he was asked by this stranger if he wanted to be healed. The man answered, “Are you kidding me man? Of course I want to be healed. I want my life back.” Responding to his need, Jesus said to him, “Arise, take up your pallet, and walk” (John 5:8).
Immediately, he felt the strength coming down to his feet. Then he perhaps heard his bones coming together in extraordinary power. In His excitement,he took and walked away his pallet without even saying, “Thank you sir, may I know my healer?
It is God’s will for us to be healed. “He was wounded for our transgression. He was bruised for our iniquities. The chastening of our well being fell upon Him. By His stripes we are healed” (Isa. 53:3).
His healing demands a change of heart. Listen to Jesus’ words. Afterward Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “Behold, you have become well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse may befall you.” Worse than physical infirmity is spiritual disease.
“He himself bore our sins in His body on the cross that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed.” God’s will for us is to be healed totally for physical healing is temporary. That which is eternal is spiritual healing of the total person.