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Friday, April 7, 2017

Do You Want To Be Made Well?

After this there was a festival of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2 Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, called in Hebrew Beth-zatha, which has five porticoes. 3In these lay many invalids—blind, lame, and paralysed. 5One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been there a long time, he said to him, ‘Do you want to be made well?’ 7The sick man answered him, ‘Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; and while I am making my way, someone else steps down ahead of me.’ 8Jesus said to him, ‘Stand up, take your mat and walk.’ 9At once the man was made well, and he took up his mat and began to walk.
Now that day was a sabbath. 10So the Jews said to the man who had been cured, ‘It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.’ 11But he answered them, ‘The man who made me well said to me, “Take up your mat and walk.” 12They asked him, ‘Who is the man who said to you, “Take it up and walk”?’ 13Now the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had disappeared in the crowd that was there. 14Later Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, ‘See, you have been made well! Do not sin any more, so that nothing worse happens to you.’ 15The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. 16Therefore the Jews started persecuting Jesus, because he was doing such things on the sabbath. 17But Jesus answered them, ‘My Father is still working, and I also am working.’ 18For this reason the Jews were seeking all the more to kill him, because he was not only breaking the sabbath, but was also calling God his own Father, thereby making himself equal to God. John 5:1-18

do you want to be made well?
no
ok, the man doesn't says no
he says
I have no one to put me in the pool when the water is stirred up
there is always someone who steps ahead of me
here at this spot where the blind, the lame the paralyzed wait for healing
here at this place where the man has been for 38 years
here at this place where he knows how things work
here at this place where he makes his living
here at this place he deflects the question
he says no, he passively offers the reasons he is still ill after 38 years

do you want to be made well?
he is comfortable
he is content in his life
he has friends
he knows the system
his needs are met
he could have gotten in the pool
someone would have given him the chance while the waters stirred

do you want to be made well?
he never says yes
he never asks to go down into the troubled waters
Jesus heals him anyway
stand, pick up your mat, walk
at once he was healed
he was so angry
Jesus ruined my life
and then Jesus had the nerve,
the audacity to tell him to make something of his life
to use this second chance for good
he runs to those who want to harm Jesus
he tells them the story of his healing
he highlights the parts that make it worse for Jesus

do you want to be made well?
sometimes we don't want to be made well
sometimes we want to say no
we want to stay in our comfortable little world
we want to remain where we are, as we are
but Jesus wants us to be whole
Jesus wants us to embrace a chance to be different

do you want to be made well?

do you want to be made well?
he couldn't go back there
when asked who healed him
he didn't know
all he was thinking about was how his life was ruined

do you want to be made well?
he found a new place to beg
he's at the temple now
Jesus comes by
he sees him
he knows how he can hurt him, ruin him
he goes to those who wanted to know who healed him
he tells them it was Jesus
in his anger
he hurts Jesus, he lashes out
he helps with the persecution

do you want to be made well?
sometimes our answer is no
we don't want things to change
we are scared of the change
we say no, we make excuses, we remain comfortable
Jesus invites us into a life of wholeness
Jesus pushes us to be more than we believed was possible
Jesus loves us despite our refusal
Jesus shows us compassion even in the face of our denial

do you want to be made well?

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