Summary: A SERMON OF INNER AND PHYSICAL HEALING
John 5:1-9 (King James Version)
1After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
3In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
4For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
5And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
6When 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?
7The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.
8Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
9And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
Mat 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
In order for there to be a need for healing there MUST be a problem physically, Emotionally, and Spiritually. So many people are in the need of a healing today, there are people in the who are in the need of healing. There are people in the Church that are in the need of healing
Healing is: to be made sound or whole
Healing is part of the blessings of obedience to the Law
Exodus 15:26 “And He said, ‘If you will give earnest heed to the voice of the LORD your God, and do what is right in His sight, and give ear to His commandments, and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have put on the Egyptians; for I, the LORD, am your healer’."
The Hebrew word for healing is: Rapha , “Rapha” is used some sixty times in the Old Testament and means, “to restore, to heal, or to cure” healed... rapha ( Heb. ) meaning to heal, be healed
physically, emotionally and spiritually.
The Greek word used for healed ( iaomai ( Grk. ) ) is that from which we obtain the Greek word for doctor.
So Jesus stopped and asked him a question that seems to astound our senses — "DO YOU WANT TO BE MADE WELL?"
On the surface this is a ridiculous question. It would be like asking someone if they want to eat something when they’re hungry, or drink if they were thirsty. It would be like asking a person who was shivering in the freezing cold, if they wanted a coat. Yet, Jesus’ question was profound and insightful.
When Jesus asks the man if he WANTS to be made well, the word WANT takes this man to a deeper level. We don’t see it in the English, but Jesus is literally asking the man ‘you must not only be willing to be made well, but you must also show me by your actions. It’s like asking me if I want $1 million, I must take the money and do something with it. The word WANT means that I will participate in this action. And the same is true for this man. He must show Jesus by His actions. This man had lived for so long in this state, that his sense of hope may have vanished.
DO YOU WANT TO BE MADE WELL?" Again, this sounds crazy to us. Of course we want to be made well. But look around you. On the outside we all look and sound like there are no worries no concerns in our lives. We give off the assumption that life is grand.
people come to church wearing their best clothes & their best smiles. Everybody looks happy, so we assume everything is okay. we need to look beyond the facade and realize that the pews are full of hurting people.
Then there are those of us with lesser hurts, but they don’t seem so small to us: an unresponsive spouse, a boring job, a poor grade, a friend or parent who is unresponsive and on and on and on go the stories. The lonely, the dying, the discouraged, the exhausted, they’re all here."
In the face of that, the Word of God has good news! In Matthew 11:28-30, Jesus said, "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."