Jn.5:5,6 – Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
How much longer do I have to wait? The man in this story had been paralyzed for thirty eight years and possibly had been born that way. The amazing thing about this story is that he was there, hoping against hope that he would somehow get his miracle at the pool of Bethesda. Something else that grabs my attention is why the Lord chose this particular man to perform a miracle. Apparently it wasn’t his great faith (after all he was full of excuses). Maybe it was because his case seemed the most hopeless. Shriveled up for thirty eight years? He could never be expected to have a normal life. This miracle was about God’s glory. No man could fix this, that is no man but Jesus. Here is how Bullinger describes this miracle.
“For the Lord did not randomly choose a person from the crowd to heal, but he chose someone who, of all the people, was the most miserable, one who was gripped with long-term, dangerous, indeed, incurable disease, and a man who was especially longing for the help of others. He was so feeble that he could make no one listen to his requests for help to be carried down into the water. And this is related to us for our instruction. For the number of years of the sickness is recorded so carefully, so that those who are suffering through a long-standing illness should not despair. Rather, let them learn patience and await God’s help which will come at the right time. Certainly, this man did not curse, did not murmur, and he did not prescribe any time for God to act. For he knew that when his deliverer showed up, he would bring help at the right time. The long duration of the sickness also enlarges the greatness of the miracle.”
So maybe your moment in time is approaching. Maybe you have been waiting a long, long time for your miracle. Abraham waited one hundred years for his miracle son, Isaac, to be born. Moses was exiled for forty years and wandered another forty in the wilderness. Even the Apostle Paul was put on hold for fourteen years waiting for his prophetic word to come about. How long do we wait? Apparently the long duration of the problem makes the miracle so much sweeter. Step into the Angel water, you are about to be made whole.