"And a certain man was there which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 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 5:5, 6
IN JESUS TODAY!
Now, this is truly amazing that Jesus healed this man on his way to the temple. Oh, so many things to say about this! Let's start with, What? Did you say on the way to the temple? Yes, you did! Wow! This man waited thirty eight years to be helped while who knows how many Christians passed him on their way to the temple! Folks this might have been, could have been Jesus in need! Remember Mathew 25 tells us that what we do unto the least of these we have done it unto Jesus!
Ok, so there was a pool called Bethesda which had five porches and the blind and the lame sat there and waited to be healed, but this man's problem was not that he was at the pool waiting, but rather that no one would help him into the pool. Am I saying that for thirty eight years Christians on their way to the temple in a hurry to get the best seat, in a hurry to be in church for the start of service, passed by someone in need of help? Yes I am, it happens all the time! How many are going to church without bringing someone in need with them? C'Mon Man! We can't let people suffer right outside of the temple and be so blinded as to pass by just so we can get to church on time and worship God! What kind of worship to God is this? I know that the music starts at a certain time, and the seats are filling quickly, and to be in the front you have to get there early, but what about the one that can't get in? Are we looking for them? Next, “Wilt thou be made whole?” Here is the question that we all must answer, and to answer we must see that we need Jesus to make us whole. Until we recognize our frailty we blindly have no need. Oh, this is not so! We all have the need to be made whole, yet many of us will have an infirmity for many years and not reach out to Jesus. Was it that he didn’t know that he had this infirmity? Of course not! But many do not know and may not be made whole because of it.
"And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." Mathew 25:40