Do You Want to be Healed?

Jesus asked the invalid, “Do you want to be healed?” (John 5:6). The man had been this way for 38 years! When we have been living a certain way for a long time it is difficult to want to change. I suppose Jesus really did want to know if the man wanted Him to resolve his situation. When Jesus helped this man, the man had some problems fixed but he also had new problems to face. Now he could walk. Yea, problem fixed. But now the man could also take care of himself. Was he ever in a state where he could work a job? Now, 38 years later, what kind of job did he qualify for? The good news is this: If Jesus loved him enough to heal him, doesn’t he love him enough to take care of him?

What about us? Do we really want Jesus to heal us? And I don’t mean from a physical problem but rather a spiritual problem. Jesus wants to heal us from sin. If we took an honest look at what the effect of sin is on our life, we would want Jesus to heal us. But what will it cost us? It will cost us a life of sin. Why is it so difficult to give up sin? When we sin we are getting our own way. It’s selfish but for a time it can feel great. That is until sin reveals its true self in our life and begins to cause the death of our relationships. Sin causes separation. It separates us from others, from God, and the person God has created us to be.

Jesus is ready to heal us. He wants to help us on our journey to become more Christlike. We were created to be like Jesus. What is Jesus like? Paul gives us a picture of Jesus’ character in Galatians 5:22-23, “the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” Again Jesus is ready to heal us, to make us more like Him but He asks us the question, “Do you really want me to.” What is our answer?

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