“One man was there who had been sick for 38 years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew he had already been there a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to get well? ”

• It seems my overall desire for this life and the next is for every area of my life and every area of my loved ones lives (and really every other person’ lives as well) to be well. I want to be healthy spiritually, physically, mentally, emotionally, socially, and even financially. I want my relationship with God to be well and my eternity to be well. I want my other relationships to be well. I want to be physically, mentally, and psychologically well. I want to be emotionally well. Most importantly, I want to be spiritually well, confidentially right with God. I want other people to be well in the same areas (all of them). To be honest, for whatever reasons, I often feel unwell in certain areas of my life. So my answer to Jesus’ question is “YES!”

“Sir,” the sick man answered, “I don’t have a man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I’m coming, someone goes down ahead of me.”

• I imagine this man had a lot of fear and anxiety that stemmed from his condition and the situation. Fear is such a huge part of me often not feeling well. It is hard to feel well when I am feeling afraid.

“Get up,” Jesus told him, “pick up your mat and walk! ” Instantly the man got well, picked up his mat, and started to walk. Now that day was the Sabbath,”, John 5:5-9 HCSB

• Nice! Instantly the man got well!! Only Jesus can make us truly well!

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