In John 5, Jesus was walking by a pool called Bethesda where lots of infirmed people gathered each day. They hoped to be able to reach healing waters and be relieved from their suffering.
On His way by, Jesus noticed a man who, given the rush to be the first in the waters, was hopeless. Unable to walk, the man had no one to help him into the water so, I imagine, he had watched for years as others found relief. He was still there, still unable to walk.
And then Jesus saw him and something strange happened: Verse 5: “When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition a long time, He asked him, ‘Do you want to be well?'”
I used to wonder who wouldn’t want to be well and why Jesus would ask such a thing. But Jesus never wants to force himself on us. In Revelation 3:20, He says, “Behold I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him and he with me.”
Jesus is more than able to open the door. And yet He knocks and waits on us. He asks if we want to be made well or would we rather
…stick with the life we are comfortable with?
…hold on to our bitterness and anger over what’s been done to us?
…or maybe just have our own way — follow our own plan rather than His?
Do we want to be well? It’s an important question for us to answer.