BEFORE YOU CALL

John 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?”

This poor paralyzed man was really without hope. He had been in his incurable condition for many years and he was finally giving in to the likelihood of being in this state for the rest of his life. He didn’t know Jesus and didn’t ask for his healing even though His only hope of healing was there. Jesus pulled the request out of him, “Do you want to be made whole?”. Of course he did, what kind of question is that anyway. Actually its the question Jesus asks quite often. He may be asking it again right now, “Do you want to be made whole?”. Even today, if you are honest, do you really want to be healed or delivered from this pandemic? It gives everyone an excuse to do nothing for yourself and an opportunity to blame others for your circumstances. “Someone is always in my way and no one will help me into the water”. Here is how Brenz describes it.

“As Christ comes to help before the sick man had made any request . . . so by his immense mercy he anticipates the prayers of all those laboring out of faith, acting before he hears the prayers of the faithful. As he himself testifies in Isaiah 65[:24], “And it shall come to pass that before they call, I will hear; as they are yet speaking, I will hear.” Christ asks, first, to invite him to make a petition; second, to teach secretly that he is the one who, when called on, is able to help. Thus, in all our afflictions the Lord asks us whether we want to be liberated when he places the longing for liberation in us. And by this longing we are secretly taught that there is nothing found in our natural powers whereby we might be liberated. But we must look elsewhere, to the hand of the Lord, from whom alone every liberation and redemption is to be hoped for in faith.”

So do you want to be whole? If so trust in the Lord, come out of your house and do something. You don’t need any help except the help of the Lord.

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