Biblical Reflections: John 5:2-3

John 5:2-3 – Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.

From the earliest days mankind has struggled with the weakness of the body.  While the human form is a wonderful creation, we are frail outside of the blessing of God’s Paradise.  We are subject to disease and illness.  The Law provided a number of preventive and evaluation rules to limit disease among God’s people.  Personal hygiene and abstinence from touching unclean things were clearly aimed in many cases at keeping them from illness in the primitive environment where they lived.  Once again the Word of God provided for His people.

During one visit to Jerusalem, Jesus (the Incarnate Word) came to the pool of Bethesda where many came to seek miraculous healing.  The belief was that an angel periodically came and blessed the water to heal the one who entered the pool.  As usual Jesus came with a specific purpose to heal one incapable of getting in the water.  This account tells us much about our reliance on Christ for healing.  Even so, if the man had been able to make it into the water, he would still have relied upon God for healing.  Jesus simply said to the man,”Rise, take up your bed, and walk” (John 5:8), and just like that he was healed.

The power of Christ is real.  While we are alive like Adam, Jesus’ life is such that He is able to give life. According to the will of God people are healed miraculously still today by this same fountain of life.  What’s more important than physical healing is healing of the spirit.  To this end, James admonishes us, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16).  May the Sun of Righteousness shine upon you today with healing warmth.

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