Jesus can ask us direct and stunning questions. Imagine you have been an invalid and crippled for 38 years. Now it is not like you do not believe in miracles because every day you go to place where miracles occur. You believe for sure.
Jesus comes up to you, but He does not ask
- “Can I drive you to the Doctor?”
- “Can I get you some crutches?”
- “Can I pray for you?”.
- There were lots of questions that Jesus could have asked.
What he did ask is “Do you want to get well?”
It was a direct question. It seems almost harsh, but I don’t think He asked it harshly. The man didn’t answer yes or no. Many times, when Jesus asks us a question, we don’t answer directly either. The man simply explained that he had a problem. Jesus knew that.
Jesus is not about the problem. Jesus is the solution.
So, no offer of going to the Doctor or crutches or prayer. Just a command to get up and walk. The man, acting in faith, did just that. The man believed Jesus and acted. Jesus healed him. It all started with a stunning question.
When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?
English Standard Version. (2016). (John 5:6). Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles.
Jesus is in a healing mood. That is some exceptionally good news.
- Matthew 8:2–3 (NASB) — 2 And a leper came to Him and bowed down before Him, and said, “Master, if You are willing, You can make me clean.” 3 Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, saying, “I am willing; be cleansed.” And immediately his leprosy was cleansed.
- Luke 4:18 — 18 “The Spirit of the Master is upon Me, Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed,
- Matthew 9:27–30 — 27 As Jesus went on from there, two blind men followed Him, crying out, “Have mercy on us, Son of David!” 28 When He entered the house, the blind men came up to Him, and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” They said to Him, “Yes, Master.” 29 Then He touched their eyes, saying, “It shall be done to you according to your faith.” 30 And their eyes were opened. And Jesus sternly warned them: “See that no one knows about this!”
- Matthew 14:34–36 — 34 When they had crossed over, they came to land at Gennesaret. 35 And when the men of that place recognized Him, they sent word into all that surrounding district and brought to Him all who were sick; 36 and they implored Him that they might just touch the fringe of His cloak; and as many as touched it were cured.
- Matthew 15:21–28 — 21 Jesus went away from there, and withdrew into the district of Tyre and Sidon. 22 And a Canaanite woman from that region came out and began to cry out, saying, “Have mercy on me, Master, Son of David; my daughter is cruelly demon-possessed.” 23 But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, “Send her away, because she keeps shouting at us.” 24 But He answered and said, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Master, help me!” 26 And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.” 27 But she said, “Yes, Master; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus said to her, “O woman, your faith is great; it shall be done for you as you wish.” And her daughter was healed at once.
- Mark 1:32–34 — 32 When evening came, after the sun had set, they began bringing to Him all who were ill and those who were demon-possessed. 33 And the whole city had gathered at the door. 34 And He healed many who were ill with various diseases, and cast out many demons; and He was not permitting the demons to speak, because they knew who He was.
- Luke 6:17–19 — 17 Jesus came down with them and stood on a level place; and there was a large crowd of His disciples, and a great throng of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and the coastal region of Tyre and Sidon, 18 who had come to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were being cured. 19 And all the people were trying to touch Him, for power was coming from Him and healing them all.
- Luke 8:48 — 48 And He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace.”
- Luke 9:11 — 11 But the crowds were aware of this and followed Him; and welcoming them, He began speaking to them about the kingdom of God and curing those who had need of healing.
- Luke 17:19 — 19 And He said to him, “Stand up and go; your faith has made you well.”
Mark Shields said:
Our faith makes us well. Thanks for blessing us with scripture and resources!
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If healing were “crumbs” its amazing to think what Jesus is capable of doing! INcluding our salvation!
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