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Today, we read about a man who had been laying ill by the side of the Pool of Bethesda for 38 years. It was a place of healing, but it was a first-come, first-served operation.
Apparently, this man did not have anyone to help him win the race to the waters once they were stirred. When Jesus came upon this poor man and asked him, “’Do you want to be well?’ The sick man answered him, ‘Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; while I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me.’”
Imagine in your head the pathetic scene of this poor individual trying his best to get into the waters of healing only to be left behind each and every time. What hope could he have? But, there he was every day, waiting to try again and again.
This man simply could not heal himself, no matter how hard he tried. His efforts always fell short.
But Jesus could heal him. And Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up you mat and walk.” The man got up, took his mat, and walked normally. Maybe he never came back again. He had no need to, after all.
How often do we try and try and try to find our own comfort, but to no avail? How often to human beings look to themselves for ultimate happiness and salvation and never find it?
We know that there are some things that we can never do on our own. Only Jesus can ultimately bring us to the shores of heaven.
How thankful should we be that God has been so good to us in sending us Jesus to be our savior, knowing that we can never save ourselves?