Do You Want To Be Whole
Jesus asked some really important questions during his ministry on earth. This is certainly one of them. This question is personal, pointed, prayerful, and practical.
At first glance it would seem to be a redundant question. Who would not want to get well from an infirmity? The truth is many people are comfortable with their infirmity. They had rather remain lame than to risk faith in Jesus.
This is one of the signs in John to prove that Jesus was the Messiah. This physical ailment represented our spiritual ailment. Jeremiah 17:9 "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?" Psychologists have tried to understand the heart; as have philosophers. Human wisdom has tried. Isaiah 1:6 "From the sole of your foot to the top of your head there is no soundness; only wounds and welts and open sores, not cleansed or bandaged or soothed with oil."
When you think of all these infirmed people by this pool you think of institutionalized misery. It was a picture of hopelessness; infirmed people without friends or family just waiting on death. But spiritually speaking that is the way we all are.
There was a faith healer in town and the building was full to capacity. There was an old country boy who was late and had to come down front and the only seat left was a wheel chair. He sat down in it. The faith healer came down close to him and started healing some folks. He headed toward this country boy and he yelled out "Don't touch me. I'm on disability!" He didn't want to get well.
This incident occurred at an unnamed feast. It could have been Passover or Purim, March or April, respectively. There is no way for us to know for sure. It occurred near the sheep gate located in the Northeast area of the temple. This is where the unblemished animals were brought for sacrifice.
The pool was a trapezoid, 165 by 120 and 315 feet long. There were a multitude of sick folks wh ...
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