“Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?”
“I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.” Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!” Instantly, the man was healed! He rolled up his sleeping mat and began walking!” John 5:1-9 (NLT)
The story of the invalid at the pool of Bethesda is a very familiar one. He was the man who was ‘forever’ by the healing pool without getting healed. People who came long after him got healed and left him there, year after year, for 38-good-years. I can imagine him feeling frustrated, despondent, and hopeless.
You see, it was not his wish to stay an invalid, no, I don’t suppose it was. He was at that pool for a reason – to be healed. However, while others had some form of help getting into the pool first (perhaps they had enough strength to move faster or they had a friend/relative hanging around), he had no one to help him, hence his permanent residency by the pool. Perhaps someone had helped him to the poolside but left him there to fend for himself. Perhaps he somehow found his way there, when his situation was still better, and he had hope of getting to the water faster, but years upon years of disappointment and ill-health worsened his situation. At any rate, he needed help. Then one day, someone came for him…the man Jesus…the Healer Himself!
When Jesus asked him if he wanted to be healed, he explained his hopeless situation. The man had lost hope…well, because he hoped for man’s help (which wasn’t forthcoming), and he didn’t know that the hope of the hopeless was right in front of him. Some have claimed his response reeked of excuses…but scratch that…because excuse or not, hopeless or not, Jesus was there, on that day, and He came purposely for the invalid man, yes, for him – the man who had remained on the same spot for many years!
“Say to them that are of a timid heart, be strong, fear not; behold your God: vengeance cometh, the recompense of God! He will come Himself, and save you.” Isaiah 35:4 (DARBY)
God will come and save you; He, who sees and knows what you are going through, will come Himself, and save you.
Are you at your wit’s end, having no one to help? He will come and save you.
Is your case so hopeless, you are feeling very helpless? He will come and save you.
Even with your many ‘excuses’, and your seemingly lack of push; He will still come and save you.
One more thing…and this is worthy of note…the invalid man did not get a common miracle (the common way people got their healing at the poolside was to step into the water the moment it’s stirred); he was healed extraordinarily. He simply picked his bed and walked…he didn’t even need to struggle to step into the water no more. When He comes to save you, He won’t give you a common miracle…He will give you one that’s too good to be true.
He will come and save you.
© 2016 AyotundeElegbeleye
Jesus is LORD!