“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. 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?”
“Sir,” the invalid replied, “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.”
Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.”-John 5:1-9
I am doing a bible study as part of my 130×30 journey and this was the scripture this morning. Go back and read it again. First of all this is such a simple and poignant conversation between Jesus and a man who has been crippled for 38 YEARS!!! And what did Jesus ask him? Jesus asked, “Do you want to get well?”. So simple. Do I want to get well? I say I do, and yet I make excuses and excuses and excuses as to why I can’t/won’t/am not worthy. But the simple question I felt the Lord stirring in my heart his morning is “do you want to get well, Kristi?”. “Do you want to be all that I have created you to be? Do you want freedom?”
My simple answer. Yes. Now what next?