Questions From The Pool John 5:1-15
The Healing At The Pool is surely one of the more unusual healings that we read about in the life of Jesus. It is possible that this man has been waiting for a healing for 38 years. He does not call out to Jesus, nor even know who Jesus is. We have no record of him seeking to follow Jesus. He did not desire to know more about this man who had him rise up and carry his mat. Evidently he was in his predicament because of sin (vs. 14). And though Jesus often offered forgiveness to those he healed, this man was not forgiven of his sins by Jesus.
It would be easy for me to simply dismiss this as an odd story, but I seek to find myself in this healing. How is the Man at the Pool like us?
Are we blaming others for our ongoing struggles? When questioned by Jesus this man begins to tell his plight and how others did not help him get where he needed to go in a timely manner. As I think about my own struggles and sins, am I pointin the finger at other people to account for my own weakness? In Matthew 15:18-20 Jesus said, “But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean.’ For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander. These are what make a man ‘unclean…”)
Are we unwilling to make changes in our lives? Someone had to bring the lame man and place him by the pool. I am picturing myself after 6 months (much less 38 years) saying, ‘just forget it’. Do you think that many people continue on in the same sins unwilling to make the needed changes in their lives? ‘Repentance’ is, to some, something they did to become a Christian … not an ongoing action! In Luke 5:31-32 Jesus said, “…It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Are we willing to hear his call?
Are we watching for healing to come from every source except Jesus? The Son of God was walking in a sea of broken humanity and all eyes were on the water! How many Christians are looking into pools of alcohol, drugs, pornograhy, recreation, to bring healing to their lives? Are we caught up in the world’s search by being focused on philosophies that lead us away from the simple yet powerful message of Jesus?
Are we forgetting to thank God when blessed? As far as we know this man did not even mumble ‘thank you’. He picked up his mat, Jesus was gone, and he walked. Are we ungrateful for the many blessings we enjoy? Sometimes we neglect to give thanks for the every day things, the things we can easily take for granted. We complain when there are little things going on that we do not like. Are we just picking up our mat and walking on … without a prayer of thanks?
Are we satisfied with little, when Jesus would give us much? Much more than physical healing was available to this man! Are we lacking greater spiritual gifts because we prefer to just sip at the fountain when He would like to immerse us? How many Christians are so minimally associated with one another or the church that they do not even feel a part of the Kingdom? Are we hesitating to dive into His blessings… finding our own current spiritual
Are we lacking faith in Christ, and thus lacking forgiveness? Perhaps this is the most important of all of the introspective questions introduced here. Jesus walked in and out of this scene and performed a life-changing miracle. As a result he was almost ignored by the one cured and he was hated by the Jews who wanted to find something about Him to use against Him. They were not enamored with his power, but incensed at his healing on the Sabbath. Has Jesus walked into our lives unnoticed?
The man at the pool reminds me of a kind of apathetic type of Christianity that we can easily fall into. Being nice, but not living by faith. Being good, but not growing in knowledge of Christ. Being satisfied with our current maturity in Christ. Being content with the sins in our lives. God is calling us to a living active growing faith! Are you ready to embrace it?