Do you want to be well?
Did you know that St. John recounts only seven of Jesus’ miracles? They may be few in number, but they are rich in meaning. In fact, John called them “signs” because of the way each of them led people to believe in Jesus.
Well, all except one. The sign in Scripture seems to have no spiritual effect on the man who receives it. If anything, he shows the exact opposite of what you would expect.
First, when Jesus asks if he wants to be healed, the man doesn’t answer with an eager yes! He doesn’t offer a direct answer at all. Instead, he complains, “I have no one to put me into the pool”.
Then, after Jesus heals him, the man picks up his mat—and walks away. He doesn’t thank Jesus or tell anyone else what happened to him. He just moves on with his life.
Next, when some of the religious leaders confront the man for breaking the Law by carrying his mat on the Sabbath, he shirks all responsibility and blames “the man who made me well”. He doesn’t talk about how special Jesus is. He doesn’t show any awe or gratitude for his healing at all. Just enough facts to shift the blame.
Finally, after Jesus talks to him again, the man reports him to the leaders. As a result, they begin harassing and persecuting Jesus. Thanks to this fellow’s words, in fact, they begin a long campaign against Jesus that ends with them plotting his death.
It seems that this fellow shows us how not to relate to Jesus:
• Don’t complain to him. Cry out for help instead.
• Don’t walk away. Instead, cling to him and praise him for his blessings.
• Don’t treat him like just another man. Instead, acknowledge and believe that he is the Son of God.
• Don’t be afraid to talk about what he has done for you. Instead, find ways to share the good news.
What about you? Do you want Jesus to make you “well” in some area of your life? Then follow these four points. They are a clear and hope-filled recipe for deeper healing and stronger faith.
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