DO YOU WISH TO GET WELL?
John 5: 1-9
Before we get into the passage that was read I want to remind you again why John wrote this gospel. In chapter 20:30-31 John says, “Many other signs (or attesting miracles) therefore Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.”
When John wrote his gospel most people saw Jesus primarily as a “miracle worker” and that is why they followed Him. (See Mark 1:38)
But Jesus was not primarily a “miracle worker” and performing miracles was not the primary purpose of His ministry.
And once again, that is what we have here in John 5; another miracle intended to convince us that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God.
Here in chapter 5 Jesus comes to Jerusalem; and there by the “sheep gate” is a pool called Bethesda.
Now some dismiss the idea that an angel stirred the pool because some of the ancient manuscripts do not contain the end of vs. 3-4.
So Jesus comes to this place and in vs. 6 Jesus asks a question to a man that the passage says had been sick longer than Jesus had been alive! This man had been sick for 38 years.
Now, do not think that you or anyone else is sick because of some sin you have committed. These bodies are flesh and blood and they simply get sick.
But, sin can and sometimes does cause illnesses and injuries; (drunkenness, STD’s, outbursts of anger; greed; – we seldom if ever realize how damaging sin is; it destroys lives; it destroys marriages; it destroys families; it destroys health; and ultimately it condemns one to be lost eternally).
So Jesus seeing this man lying beside the pool asks the man “Do you wish to get well?”
And you would think today that most people whose lives have been wrecked by sin; who have lost years of their life due to the consequences of sin; who are condemned eternally because of sin, you would think they would want to “get well” also.
In vs. 14, if this man “gets well” it is going to require some changes because Jesus says, “Do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse may befall you.”
They want to “be well” but they won’t leave the drugs behind; they won’t leave the alcohol behind; they won’t leave the immorality, the sensuality, the love for money, the lust for worldly pleasures; the desires of the flesh; the impurity; the hatred; the strife; the jealousy; the idolatry; and the coarse jesting behind.
If you or I or anyone else decides to “get well spiritually”; if we decide to leave the sinful life behind; things will be much different; but just like for this man, things will be immeasurably better.
For some they may think, like this man, that they are “helpless” and their situation is “hopeless.”
Listen, the word “unable” is never found on God’s lips.
In 1 Cor. 6:9 the apostle Paul says this: Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, shall inherit the kingdom of God.
11 And such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our God.
And whether or not you “get well” does not depend on what anyone else does. In vs. 7, every time the “water stirred” and this man tried to get in the water there was “no one to help him” or when he was trying to get in the water, “another stepped in before him.”
In some religious circles “getting well” is conditional on whether or not a member of the clergy prays for you; or whether or not a member of the clergy takes your confession; or whether or not a member of the clergy says the right words.
And it makes no difference what your parents, or other family members may or may not have done; Ezekiel 18:19-20 makes it clear that you are not held accountable for the sins of your father, and your father is not held accountable for any sins you may have committed.”
Jesus is not constrained by time; He is not limited by crowds; He does not work on a first come first saved basis; and He is not influenced by what someone else may or may not have done.
So, Jesus asks this man, “Do you wish to get well?”
So, Jesus asks us today, “Do you wish to get well?” Has sin crippled your life?
Most people today see Jesus as a “miracle worker.” Well, that is true, not in the sense that most people think; He may not make you rich and He may not make you well physically.
And if you have already been made well by the blood of Christ; well remember what Jesus said in vs. 14: “Behold, you have become well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse may befall you.”
Let’s close with these words from John.
Many other signs therefore Jesus also performed in the presence of the disciples, which are not written in this book; 31 but these have been written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.