Do You Want to Be Made Well?

Duane T. Loynes Sr.

Read: John 5:1-17

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?” (v. 6)

Some of the most miserable experiences of my life have been when I’ve had the flu. Words cannot adequately describe the feeling: you are tired but can’t sleep, hungry but can’t eat, in pain but can’t find relief. Nevertheless, these have also been times when I have been able to sleep all day without apology and have my loved ones cater to my every whim. In a sense, sickness can be sorrowful and yet seductive.

In John 5, Jesus encounters a man who has been paralyzed for 38 years. To this man, Jesus poses what appears to be an insensitive and obvious question: “Do you want to be healed?” Why would Jesus ask this? Isn’t it obvious that someone in this man’s position would want to be made well?

Jesus, we can assume, understood human nature. Sometimes, those of us who are burdened with undesirable conditions become attached to the labels we are given and find a certain measure of comfort in our afflictions because they’re all we’ve ever known. Being healed means a new level of responsibility, discomfort, and risk. We must learn to trust that the great Healer will also be our Comforter as we face an uncertain future without the shackles of the past.

—Duane Loynes

Prayer: Lord, in the same breath, we ask for healing for our lives and comfort for our souls. We want to be made well!