Do You Want to Be Healed? - Mitchell Tyler
“Jesus said to him, ‘Do you want to be healed?” - John 5:6
This dialogue in John 5 is between Jesus and a paralyzed man. Jesus and his disciples had just entered Jerusalem for an unspecified feast, and were passing a pool surrounded by many “invalids”- paralytics, blind men, disfigured people. People who were culturally untouchable and physically repelling.
Jesus, as he is passing by these doubtlessly dirty and smelly people, stops by one man in particular. If I were a disciple, I may have winced in embarrassment or stood farther upwind than this paralytic. Scripture says Jesus knew the man had been paralyzed for 38 years. Jesus doesn’t take time to tell an entire parable, he doesn’t perform a feeding-the-five thousand or walking-on-water type miracle. He asks the man a question: “Do you want to be healed?”
If we’re being honest, it seems like a stupid question to ask. The man has been paralyzed for most of his life. He’d be crazy to say no. Jesus, of course, goes on to heal the man, who picks up his mat and walks off.
We must all ask ourselves the same question, or rather realize that Jesus is asking it.
“Do you want to be healed? Do you want me to take away your jealousy, your hatred, your lust, your self-righteousness?”
The truth is, we have long been crippled by sin. We often deny the fact that we are no match for the actual legions of Hell that are against us. We insist that discipline, that more bible studies, that listening to some Hillsong on the way to school and throwing a bible verse up on our Instagram bios will help us fight sin off. That buckling down and working hard will allow us to “beat” our sin.
That, my friends, is the opposite of the Gospel. The Gospel is this: that Jesus came to us. He served my death sentence for me so that I can live in freedom. This is the freedom we are offered. The heart of the issue is what we love. Are we willing to give our sin up so that we can accept the freedom Jesus offers? Or do you think sin is something you can keep on a leash or in a cage, convincing yourself that it’s not dangerous? In our pursuit of God, we must “hate what is evil, [and] cling to what is good” (Romans 12:9). Do you hate your sin enough to allow Jesus to take it and heal the brokenness?
Let Jesus ask you the question: “Do you want to be healed?”
McKinney Christian Academy