It’s important to recognize the care Jesus took for those who were afflicted.
In John 5, we read the following: “Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.” (5:2-3)
“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.’” (5:4-7)
“Then Jesus said to him, ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’ At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.” (5:89)
Obviously, any Believer would agree that the highlight within this account, is the miraculous and immediate healing that Jesus performed on this man. However, in this passage, it’s important to note verse 6: “When Jesus…learned that he had been in this condition for a long time,…“. Consider the care that Jesus has for this man, to “learn” about his condition.
It’s so easy for us to focus on the supernatural part of Jesus; the fact that He is God and knows a lot more about what’s going on. Jesus could have healed this man without ever speaking with him. However, this passage shows so much humanity!
Jesus is walking through this area with so many hurting and lowly people, and He knows every one of their stories. Regardless, he takes time to get to know them. He “learned that” this crippled man “had been in this condition for a long time“.
There are so many other accounts where Jesus knew a certain person’s condition, thoughts or feelings. He did or could have known this crippled man’s story without ever asking him, but he didn’t! It is so important to note Jesus’ interest in this man’s story.
Why are we not interest in anyone’s story? Why do they have to be rich, famous or have done some sort of amazing feat before we’ll take an interest? It takes so much time out of our busy day to sit down with someone who has been afflicted in some way. However, we all know that the internal fulfillment and relational rewards, far out way the time we would have spent being “busy“.
Today, let us be aware of the people around us and if God provides the opportunity, let’s spend some time hearing someone’s story. Let’s do as Christ did and “learn” about them!
Originally posted at QuietMorningsWithHim.com by Jeremy Norton.