Today I pray that you would make me whole in my mind, soul and body.
Scripture: John 5: 5-6 “Among the many sick people lying there was a man who had been disabled for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, he knew that the man had been crippled for a long time. Jesus said to him, “Do you truly long to be made well?”
To be Made Well - "Whole" or "made well" The restoration of health and the removal of any physical or emotional affliction from years of being crippled. Wholeness is God restoring us to how he intended us to be. Do you want change? Do you want to be made well? If we say “yes” to both of these questions then we need to be prepared for Jesus’ working out His miracle in our lives. John 5: 5-9 “Among the many sick people lying there was a man who had been disabled for thirty-eight years. 6: When Jesus saw him lying there, he knew that the man had been crippled for a long time. Jesus said to him, “Do you truly long to be made well?” (or will you be made whole) 7: The sick man answered, “Sir, there’s no way I can get healed, for I have no one to lower me into the water when the angel comes. As soon as I try to crawl to the edge of the pool, someone else jumps in ahead of me.” 8:Jesus said to him, “Stand up! Pick up your sleeping mat and you will walk!” 9: Immediately he stood up—he was healed! So he rolled up his mat and walked again! Now Jesus worked this miracle on the Sabbath.”
Jesus was talking with a man who had sat beside the pool of Bethesda for thirty-eight years waiting for his healing. His infirmity had crippled him in every part of his life. He spent his days waiting for his miracle. That would have impacted him physically, spiritually, emotionally, socially and financially.
Jesus knew that he had been in that condition for a long time, yet Jesus asked the man a strange question. “Do you want to be made well?” At first glance it might appear rude to ask the man with his crippling infirmity if he wanted to be made well, as the man had at least placed himself next to an opportunity to be healed. Jesus discerned the man’s heart and saw that he had come to a place of making excuses for not being healed. The man’s answer revealed that he had become complacent and was waiting for others to come and help him and blamed others for getting into the pool before him. Jesus saw past his excuses and with mercy said to the man, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” Immediately the man was made well and walked. That day was the Sabbath. The flesh is at odds with grace as seen by the reaction of those under the law. Jesus as the Lord of the Sabbath, reached out in His provision and provided what that man needed, healing. The Lord is still our Sabbath and wants to provide miracles for us so that we can enjoy all his provision.
Today, let us without excuse or blame say “yes” to the Lord for Him to meet us at the point of our need. If we require healing, be ready to receive without looking for excuses why we haven’t been healed. If we need to make changes, say “yes” and surrender to God’s ways and His provision.
God has already provided everything we need when He cried, “It is finished,” on the cross. He has become our Sabbath, just like in Genesis where God told Adam and Eve to enjoy the seventh day of provision.
Relationship with Jesus is resting in His Sabbath provision. Let us say “yes” and surrender those areas where we have made excuses or have blamed others. Let us rise and take up our bed and walk with Jesus today.