Today we are diving into part two in a series on a story in John 5
Jesus is in Jerusalem and ends up by a pool near the sheep gate. It was believed that when the waters were stirred (perhaps a spring occasionally bubbled up there) that the first person in the water would be healed. Because of this there were many lame, blind, and otherwise ill people laying there. One such man was paralyzed and had been in that condition for 38 years.
Jesus approaches the man and asks him, “Do you want to get well?” Last time we looked at some probable reason why Jesus asks this question. Today I want to look at this man’s response, and ours, to that question.
The man says this, “Sir, I have no one to put me in the pool when it is stirred up. I start to go there but because of my condition someone gets there before me.”
Here is what is interesting about this answer. This man has a plan to get well. He is counting on this plan. He might need a little help to get there but he doesn’t need a new or different plan. His plan is the only one that can work. He’s had 38 years to think about this obviously. It’s not his first rodeo and I’m sure it’s not his first plan.