John's Gospel-a new look no 7 All we need is some help
John 5:1-14: The healing at the pool.
For 38 years the man had been ill and there seemed to be little hope that things would change. There were two things that he needed. Firstly he needed someone to help him. He says to Jesus “I have no one to help me!” We all need help at times. He came to the pool where miracles of healing took place and when the angel stirred the water, it was a matter of first come first served. In the dash for healing he was too slow, and yet he kept going to the pool.
Jesus asks him an amazing question: “Do you want to be healed?” Sometimes we don’t really want to be healed. It is much easier to stay as we are. After all, this is our comfort zone; we are used to it and have settled into the routine of life just like this man who came to the pool without a real prospect of healing. The prospect of change and what it might entail is more of a challenge that we can face and so we simply remain were we are even if it a pretty miserable place. After all it just seems too big a challenge to face the challenge of large scale renewal.
When Jesus comes offering forgiveness of sin, an abundant life and an eternal home with his Father in heaven (John 14:1-3), the thought of changing what we believe and who we are, is daunting. The question that we need to answer is the same one Jesus asked the man at the pool; “Do you want to be healed?” If your answer is “Yes”, then Jesus has the power to do it.
But you have to want to be healed! And then the one who is prepared to help is there to heal us. You cannot do it on your own. In Luke !9:10 the gospel writer says: "Jesus cane to seek and to save the lost," That is you and me.