Posted by: missionventureministries | November 4, 2013

HOPE FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO GET WELL – John 5:1-15

Do you want to get healed E

“Do you want to get well?” (John 5:6) 

Are you to the point of loosing everything you love? Do you feel lost and desperate and don’t know what to do? There is hope for you, because Jesus is waiting for you with open arms and has the answers and the healing you are so desperately looking for. 

As Jesus was in Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals he came by the Sheep Gate pool where a great number of sick and disabled people used to gather. One of they had been an invalid for thirty eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” (John 5:1-6) 

That question is an important one for those who have physical infirmities, but more importantly for those who being lost in their sins have the need of being made spiritually whole. Do you want to be spiritually cleansed? Do you want to be normal and live like Jesus intends for you to live, free from the shackles of sin?

The invalid replied: “Sir, I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

Healing from whatever it may be: alcohol, tobacco, drugs, pornography, un-forgiveness, only comes for those who want it. Even though it appears that this man wanted to be healed, after 38 years his problem had become a way of life. No one had ever helped him, and the man’s situation looked hopeless but he perseveres. So, no matter how trapped you feel in your infirmities (sins), God can take care of your deepest needs. Don’t let a problem or hardship cause you to lose hope. God may have special work for you to do in spite of your condition, or even because of it. Many have ministered effectively to hurting people because they have triumphed over their own hurt. God had a plan for this man and He has one for you to.

Jesus said to the man, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. (John 5:8-9)

Instantly, as Jesus spoke the words, the man was completely healed. To show he was fully healed, Jesus told him to pick up his bed and walk. He did not need to go to “rehab” to learn to walk again or to give up his sinful addictions. He was healed mind and body; and this is a true miracle by God. You can also be blessed by a miracle like this one if you have faith and believe. Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)

The Jewish authorities questioned him about who had healed him, but the man had no idea because Jesus had slipped away into the crowd. (John 5:10-13)

Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well. (John 5:14-15)

After healing the man, Jesus went to the temple and there he found him again. The man did not know who Jesus was, but he knew it was God that had healed him. So, he immediately went to the temple to give thanks to God for healing him. This action shows that the man believed in God and wanted to give Him thanks for the blessing he had received.

At the temple Jesus told the man to go and sin no m ore. Here Jesus addresses the man’s spiritual condition. Jesus said he had been made physically whole, and to sin no more referring to being healed spiritually also. Jesus performed a great miracle of love; He imparted spiritual strength so that the man could live with victory over his sin, sickness and past failures.

Jesus was giving him a stern warning. Being lame was a terrible thing, but being spiritually dead was much worse. Sin separates us from God and eternal life. Thirty-eight years of being lame was bad, but a lot worse is being unrepentant and losing one’s soul. There is no comparison between being lame all those years and spending eternity in hell.

Receiving God’s healing involves a deep desire to be healed and an acceptance of our sinful condition that can only be redeemed by Jesus. It is also a realization that we cannot get to the healing on our own accord. We need help to even understand how to get well and that help comes through God’s Holy Word and through those whom He sends to help us.

Getting well refers to hearing the word and believing that Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life. It is not about only knowing Scripture, but about living it, and embracing Jesus as the Word Himself for He is Life! It is about honoring Jesus in everything and obeying Him only.

Evangelism is simply one prodigal telling other prodigals that Jesus has paid the price, His blood has been shed for our forgiveness and redemption, and the Father is waiting and longing for them to come home.

God is longing and is waiting for you. Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore He will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! (Isaiah 30:18)

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  1. Good morning Can you imagine how many people the Lord brought this message to through your ministry. You are the vessel and His is the voice and encourager for those He draws and wants to heal from physical and spiritual darkness. You are a blessing to us and to more than you know. Praise be to God, our Lord and Savior.


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