Friday, March 15, 2019
Full reading – John 5:1-30
Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
Thirty-eight years is a long time to wait. The man in this verse seems to be alone and friendless. Jesus is always the friend of the friendless, but it might well have been that this man’s hope had died and only despair remained.
The question could be asked, does the man in the story really want to be changed? Do we desire to be changed by the healing, redemptive power of Jesus, to become a new person through his love or do we just continue to live apart from the spirit of the Lord?
Only we can respond to our Lord’s call for repentance in our lives.
Lord, we pray that we will respond to your call with all our hearts minds and strength, knowing your love will never fail us, even to the ends of the earth. Amen