The healing of a man who has been lame and dependent on others for thirty-eight years will require a new way of living; therefore, Jesus' question to the lame man lying at the Bethesda pool, "Do you want to be made well?" (Jn. 5:6), requires a thoughtful response. At first blush, the answer seems obvious--"Of course!"--however, consideration must be given as to how healing will change life more than physically.
It will change the man's entire way of life:
In a nutshell, healing of body will require change in every area of this man's life. Healing will demand relinquishing an old way of life and embracing a new way of life. With healing will come expectations! Simple question. Not a simple answer.
Similarly, coming to Christ for salvation completely changes a person's life.
Expectations that accompany surrender to Christ:
So, saying "Yes!" to the question, "Do you want to be made well?" demands much more than change in one's physical state. It is a question crafted to create contemplation--to consider the costs involved. Saying "Yes!" to healing changes everything!
What attitude among the Jews surfaces in response to Jesus' activity on the Sabbath and teaching regarding sonship?
What Old Testament story does Jesus use to support his Sabbath activity? What does anger reveal about confrontation with truth?
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