John 5:1-9 MSG
Soon another Feast came around and Jesus was back in Jerusalem. Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there was a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda, with five alcoves. Hundreds of sick people—blind, crippled, paralyzed—were in these alcoves. One man had been an invalid there for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him stretched out by the pool and knew how long he had been there, he said, “Do you want to get well?”
The sick man said, “Sir, when the water is stirred, I don’t have anybody to put me in the pool. By the time I get there, somebody else is already in.”
Jesus said, “Get up, take your bedroll, start walking.” The man was healed on the spot. He picked up his bedroll and walked off.
It is disheartening that this man waited so long for his breakthrough all because of a wrong mindset. He had come to the place of his healing, the moment of being made well, time and time again but was always left feeling disappointed.
He had an ‘orphan spirit’ that believed only the first to get in the pool after the stirring of the waters would be cured. He went through this cycle for thirty eight years and never gave up. But unfortunately his mindset was limited to his experience.
But then his moment arrives and at just the right time Jesus appears. He reveals that the man needn’t even dip in the water to be healed but simply stand up right where he was. What a shock after so long.
The breakthrough comes like rain in the barren desert but no water is required for his healing.
His mindset was completely transformed and he experienced the love of the Father. He understood that the healing was not a matter of what he could do but what Jesus could do for him!
There is more than enough for everyone in Jesus, whatever ailment or problem. We don’t need to line up and take turns to receive from Him or hear from Him. No.