Summary: Jesus asks, “Do you want to be made well?” This message looks at Ten Biblical Reasons Why Healing is God’s Will Today.
COME AND SEE #5: SIGNS AND WONDERS #1: JESUS IS THE HEALER
THE BIG IDEA: Jesus asks, “Do you want to be made well?” This message looks at Ten Biblical Reasons Why Healing is God’s Will Today.
I. THE SETTING
1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda (house of mercy), having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.
• The reason there were so many people poolside: they were waiting for a miracle.
II. THE “VICTIM”
5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?" 7 The sick man answered Him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me."
• Why would Jesus ask this question? Not everyone at the pool really wanted to be healed.
• So many people today have a victim mentality – they want to be the victim.
• “Poor me!” hoping for sympathy and handouts. No desire to change.
• Not everyone who comes to church really wants to change. Some come for music/friends.
• Some people like to whine and complain all the time. You know who I mean!
III. THE QUESTION
Jesus said, “Do you want to be made well?”
• This is a good question. If Jesus heals him, his whole life has to change. Get a job, etc.
• Jesus asks this question today: “Do YOU want to be made well?”
IV. THE HEALING
8 Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your bed and walk." 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And that day was the Sabbath.
V. THE WARNING
10 The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, "It is the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed."
• Religious people always get mad when they hear us say that Jesus heals people!
11 He answered them, "He who made me well said to me, 'Take up your bed and walk.'" 12 Then they asked him, "Who is the Man who said to you, 'Take up your bed and walk'?" 13 But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, "See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you." (John 5:1-14).
• Now we see why this guy was sick – it was a consequence for his sin.
• When you are a glutton, alcoholic, druggie, you will reap what you sow!
• “When I refused to confess my sin, I was weak and miserable, and I groaned all day long. Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.” (Psalm 32:3-4).