John 5: Do You Want To Be Healed?

Let’s face it, we can be pretty dense sometimes.

Jesus knows this better than anyone, which is why He often asks the obvious questions. In John 5, Jesus comes upon a man who has been disabled for 38 years. We don’t know what he suffered from, but it had been a life long struggle. In verse 6, Jesus goes to this man and asks:

Do you want to be healed?

Really? Could there be a more obvious question? This man had been suffering for 38 years, and Jesus asks if he wants healing! He obviously did, because he spent his days lying by a healing pool, hoping to benefit from it’s supposed powers.

The short story is that Jesus did heal him, but we have to ask: why would Jesus bother with such an obvious question?

I think a clue to the answer lies a few verses down. Jesus finds he man later and says to him:

“See, you are well! Sin no more, that nothing worse may happen to you.”

Jesus was less concerned with this man’s physical sickness, not unconcerned, just less. He was primarily concerned with his spiritual state. Jesus is the great Physician, the great Healer of souls. He asked this man if he desired healing because He alone could provide the healing he needed.

Jesus asks us this question as well. He asks, do you want to be healed from your sickness of sin? Do you want to be free from the pain of death and the sting of the grave? Do you want to be free from the spiritual cancer that is ravaging your soul?

We must answer yes! Jesus heals all who respond toHim in faith. He is faithful to bring us out of death if we trust in Him to do it.

Do you want to be healed?

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