When people are spiritually ill they usually make unwise and sinful choices. Their sickness can subtly convince them their life’s circumstances are overwhelming and they need instant relief.
While batting this chronic condition they hide behind their work, sex, drugs, food, and unhealthy relationships searching for relief. Jesus want us to take refuge in Him so he can heal us at the root of our sickness; sin. Although Christ came to heal the sick he also came to encourage us to turn away from our sin and toward Him so we can share in His eternal glory.
During Jesus ministry in Jerusalem there were a pool known for healing the first person who get in. By this pool laid sick people; one of the men lying there was sick for 38 years (John 5:1-15). When Jesus saw him he asked, “Do you want to get well?”
I’ve heard several reasons why people believe Jesus asked this question. For example, some say Jesus asked this because the man didn’t ask Jesus for help. When we look at the man’s respond to Jesus question in verse 7 the man was really saying is if you help me in the pool I might get well. He was trying to manipulate Jesus with self-pity.
As another example, others believe Jesus asked the question because the sick man had lost his will to get well. I believe Jesus asked this specific question because Jesus knew the eternal consequences of the man’s sin are worse than his illness, because in verse 14 Jesus demand that he stop sinning or something worse may happen to him.
Think about the time when Jesus asked you, “Do you want to get well?” The time deep down in your spirit you knew something wasn’t right and you wanted change. These are the times you ask yourself questions like: Am I happy? Am I in the right job? Am I in the right relationship? Those questions come from the Holy Spirit trying to urge you to make healthy choices. When you know the right thing to do but choose to do the opposite you are saying to Jesus “No” I don’t want to get well.
In Romans 14:17 it says, “For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit.”
We start this process by admitting our need for God’s healing power in our life. God know we’re going to experience a sickness in our lives but he want us to repent and follow His will before something worse happen to us because punishment of sin is death.