A guy by a pool for 38 years, are you kidding me? Either this guy had incredible patience or he was stuck believing the wrong way to get healing. When Jesus comes on the scene he asks that man what seems to be a ridiculous question: “Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6) Are you kidding me, of course this guy wants to get well…or does he? When Jesus asks him point blank if he wants to be well, the man starts making excuses for his life. He doesn’t even answer the question! He sees himself as a victim and can only see his pain.
Does this sound familiar? How many people, and I include myself in this question, are so caught up in our own situation that we can’t even answer Jesus directly when he offers to heal us? He asks, “Do you really want to get well?” and we answer with reasons from our past or present situation that disqualify us from true healing. Jesus looks right past our unbelief and offers to heal us anyway. His comment to the man by the pool is a good word for us moving forward. See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” (v.15). In other words, stop counting on a false savior (angels in the water), and start believing!