John 5: 1-18 – Cure on a Sabbath – to summarize, Jesus meets a man who has been ill for years who is lying next to this “healing pool” and Jesus asks him, “Do you want to be well?” It seems that the reason he asked the question was because the man needed to be in the pool to receive healing but he was not yet. Jesus went on to heal him.
What stood out to me in this passage is that Jesus asked, “Do you want to be well?” I wonder how often Jesus asks us this question about our lives, addictions, sins, and shortcomings, “Do you want to be well?” How often do we look at our lives and are unwilling to change. We are content to be in the mire of sin, we don’t want to take the effort to say yes and follow Jesus Christ completely. I have recently been studying about the Baptisms of the early church. When people decided to come into the church they had to leave their occupation if it opposed the values of Jesus. They literally had to change their lives to follow Jesus Christ. In today’s world, we can say we are Christian, tell Jesus we want to be healed and keep on living the same sins, addictions, and bad habits with no apparent opposition. But are we truly followers of Jesus if this is how we choose to live our lives?
The question I keep hearing Jesus repeat is, “Do you want to be well?” Do we?