Thursday, August 23, 2012
Forget the Pool
Do you want to be healed?--John 5:6
Obviously, waiting at the pool was not getting the job done.
Jesus wanted the man to reconsider his position.
Jesus did not just want to heal him. He wanted to show him something wonderful.
He not only wanted the man to walk, He wanted him to see.
When Jesus told the man to pick up his mat and walk, restoring his mobility was not the point.
Jesus did not want to give him only legs that worked.
He wanted the man not to walk, but by walking to see real power.
The man had waited vainly for so long because he looked for the wrong thing in the wrong place. He looked to get well, not to find God.
Where do I look?
Do I look for relief? Do I look for a spot of water to bring it? Do I look to someplace else on the planet or to something of flesh and blood? Do I think these can enact rescue, provide comfort?
Or do I look always into the eyes of my Savior? Do I see His extended hand, offering more than the world, more than legs that work, more, more, more?
Forget the pool. I want the power.