Many people today will ask the question: “Does God still perform miracles?”
The truth is miracles of Jesus are happening everyday, and in every way. People all over the world are reporting miracles of healing, restoration, spiritual victory, overcoming addictions, and salvation. Some of these miracles are instantaneous, while others have happened over a period of time. The very earth tells of the miracle working power of Jesus Christ. (Romans 1:20, Job 12:7-10)
These everyday miracles provide evidence that God has not abandoned us. Instead, he show us his favor, by caring about our everyday needs.
John 5:1-15 reports an everyday miracle that occurred in the most unusual of all places: near a swimming pool.
Do you want to get well?
“Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie- the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.”
Before the miracle is told, the author of this story, sets the scene in which Jesus is at this pool. But he is not there to work on his tan. Instead, Jesus is looking for someone who needs a miracle today. Someone whose life is about to be changed.
“One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him “Do you want to get well?”
I can imagine this man’s response to Jesus’ question. Of course I want to be made well! Why would I be sitting here all these years waiting for the pool to be stirred.
You see the man expected his miracle to come only one way: that an angel of Lord would stir the waters of the pool and the first person to reach the pool would be healed of their disease(s). But Jesus had other plans in mind!
Instead of answering Jesus’ question, the man preceded to give excuses as to why he could not be healed.
“I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
Instead of listening to the mans excuses, Jesus took a very direct approach.
Then Jesus said “Get Up! Pick up you mat & walk” At once the man was cured, he picked up his mat and walked.
You may ask yourself: Why didn’t Jesus empathize with the man’s afflictions? Wouldn’t he have helped the man better by sitting with the man and mourning over the fact that the man had no one to help him?
But that is not how Jesus operates. He loves you too much to leave you in the mess you are in. He wants to break the bondage of sin and death over your life, so that you can live in the freedom of knowing him as your Savior. (Col1:21-23, Romans 8:20-21, Romans 8:1-4)
“Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.
WHAT ABOUT YOU?
What about you beloved? Are you making excuses in your own life as to why you cannot be healed of your inflictions? Are you blaming others for the way your life is now? Are you telling yourself lies so that you do not have to deal with the pressures of life?
Your excuses could look something like this:
- This is just too hard.
- I’m too busy
- I’ll never change.
- This is just the way I am. I cannot change.
- I’ll never be in control of my own life (Other people control my life)
The fact is that Jesus is willing to meet you at any point in your life, and can heal you, if only you let him
Sometimes in life we need to Get Up! and pick up our mat (get out of our comfort zone) and walk.
What areas do you need to work on today? Are they physical, emotional, spiritual, or mental.
How can you actively improve in these area?
Stop making excuses and start changing those things that need to change. Spend time in prayer today by asking God what areas of life you need to stop making excuses. And how you can improve in this area.
God is well able to help you if you let him.