Re:Verse passage – John 5:1-24 (day seven)
Jesus said to him, “Do you wish to get well?” 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.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, pick up your pallet and walk.” Immediately the man became well, and picked up his pallet and began to walk. John 5:6b-9
The sick man has an all too common response to Jesus, “I have no man to put me into the pool…” This man wanted healing, but he only knew of one physical way it could happen. Jesus, though, opened his eyes to spiritual realities that bring healing in a way unfathomable to man. The same story has happened all through the Gospel of John, and continues to happen today. We have failed to learn from these examples of people who limited themselves to the temporal.
The woman at the well said the same thing to Jesus, “Sir, You have nothing to draw with and the well is deep…” John 4:11
Nicodemus likewise said, “How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born, can he?” John 3:4
And we repeat the same error, “Jesus the things you say and the way you teach is impossible.” We always have a good reason to say “no” to Jesus just like this sick man, the woman at the well, and Nicodemus, but thankfully, each one of these doubters move from doubt to belief by the grace of Jesus Christ. If we will but submit, and not doubt, Christ will transform our lives into something we could never fathom.