Jesus asks a question that seems obvious. But it's a question you must answer.
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John 5 Summary
Jesus has once again come into Jerusalem, and He comes across an pool sick & crippled people would wait by hoping for a supernatural healing when the waters would stir. The first one in apparently would experience healing. How these 'miracles' would occur doesn't seem to concern John, as it's not the reason John writes of this encounter.
John's point here is twofold: first of all that Jesus only need speak and miracles occur, and secondly, to give context to the lesson Jesus teaches the harassing Jews following Him.
Rather than being amazed at Jesus' power, they accuse Him of breaking Sabbath law - not laws recorded in scripture, but regulations that men had added on top of the commands God gave through Moses.
Be grateful for these obstinate Jews, because the response Jesus gives to them is one of the greatest descriptions of who our Savior is!
The question Jesus asks in v6 is perhaps as simple as the questions come: "Do you want to get well?" But notice that the man never answers the question. Instead, he gives an excuse as to why he can't get into the healing waters of the pool. Why do you think the man doesn't reply to the simple question with a simple 'yes'?
I think he doesn't answer because it's just assumed that anyone in that man's condition would want to get well; add to that the fact that he's sitting next to a pool known for its miraculous healing properties. Of course he wants to get well... Why does Jesus ask such an obvious question?
What about you? Do you want to get well? Maybe your response to that is to offer an excuse of why you can't always make it to church or do this or that. Maybe you have faithfully gone to church twice a Sunday for your entire life, so it's 'obvious' you want to get well.
Or maybe you should just straight up answer Jesus' question for yourself.
AAA Prayer :
ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our Father who has life in Himself, and who gives us life through His Son (v26)
ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Pray that God will open your eyes so that you don't miss what His Word so obviously points toward: Jesus
ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED: