What are those things in your life that distract you from the Savior and Healer who calls to you even now?

Daily Study from Lifeway’s The Gospel Project.

Read John 5:1-7

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[a] 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.”

Jesus approached the disabled man and asked a curious question: Do you want to get well? The answer seems obvious—of course, he wanted to get well! Why else would he be lying there at the side of a pool that offered the hope of healing? Why wouldn’t the man want to get well? He didn’t respond with sarcasm but perhaps with a hint of newfound hope that finally someone—Jesus—had come along, noticed him, and would help him get in the water when it was time. Here he was, gazing longingly at the pool when the One who could make him whole stood right in front of him.

We can fixate on things that promise to bring wholeness to our lives. We may even try to get Jesus—or use Him—to help us achieve those things. Yet Jesus always stands in front of us and asks the same question: Do you want to get well? Well, do you, or do you want to remain where you are, longing for things that won’t satisfy?

What are those things in your life that distract you from the Savior and Healer who calls to you even now? Confess and repent of them now.

Voices from Church History

“When Christ came up to Jerusalem, he visited not the palaces, but the hospitals; which is an instance of his humility and condescension, and tender compassion; and an indication of his great design in coming into the world, which was to seek and save the sick and wounded.” 4
–Matthew Henry (1662-1714)

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