When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? – John 5:6
At the pool of Bethesda, there was a man who had suffered 38 years with a disease, sickness or as the bible says it an infirmity. He tried to get in the pool to get healed, but someone always beat him to it. I believe Jesus asked the man if he wanted to be made whole for 2 reasons.
- To stir up hope in the man. Most likely the man at that time was probably hoping Jesus would put him in the water.
The second reason I believe was to get the mans eyes off the pool and get them focused on Jesus. Here the impotent man meets the omnipotent God!
How many times have we asked Jesus to heal us and instead of BELIEVING, we subconsciously still look for other means to be healed? We pray “Jesus please heal me of this cold, (or whatever) and then we go look for cough medicine, aspirin, or we make an appointment to go see a doctor.
I’m guilty of this myself. I believe we all are at one time or another.
Jesus don’t need any outside help to heal us. He has only 1 condition. BELIEVE what HE says!
And that truly is an apple of gold.