In John 5 we find the story of Jesus healing a sick man. We learn a lot about who Jesus is through this story. Jesus shows us He understands people when He saw him and “knew he had been ill for a long time” (v.6). Jesus demonstrates He heals us when He wants to because He wants to, not because we did something to earn it. Jesus shows that He is God in human flesh by speaking with authority to the man (v.8, 14). Jesus speaks with such a tone and with such assurance that the man instantly obeys. No objection, no disbelief, no self-doubt, just pure obedience to a believable authority.
We learn some about human kind in the story as well. We see a man who sort of wants to get healed; “I can’t, sir” (v.7). Aren’t we often like this, too? “I need healing, but I’m going to sit here in my self-pity, not asking for help, just complaining about my situation.” Jesus asks an incredibly deep question, “Would you like to get well?” (v.6) After healing him physically, Jesus goes on to say, “Stop sinning” (v.14) There is the real sickness that overcomes this man. He, like you and I, is a sinner who’s heart continues to want things other than God. You and I crave to get well but we want to get well from the wrong things. Jesus heals the man not to eliminate his lameness, but to eliminate his sin in his heart. The physical healing is just a tool to create spiritual healing.
Would you like to get well from the sickness that corrupts your heart?
Don’t miss hear me, Jesus proves He heals the physical. The other morning I was praying for a friend who was having surgery; I know Jesus heals the physical ailments in life. But I also know we often are only concerned with the physical and aren’t concerned with the spiritual. How often do you pray for spiritual healing? In yourself? In others? Jesus makes clear that what is going on in the heart of a person is way more important than the physical state of a person.
How awful it would be to be physically well but spiritually rotting away headed towards death! So, let me ask you a question, “Would you like to get well?” If so, seek the One who heals with authority because He is God in human flesh, the one whom “all authority in heaven and on earth” has been given (Matt. 28:18).