John 5:1-17

“Jesus said to him, "Get up, take up your bed, and walk" (v8).  The paralyzed man had been waiting years for a complicated “cure” that required him to enter the special pool at the right time.  Jesus ignored the ritual and healed him with a word, unconcerned about the reactions of religious leaders (v10) or those who would criticize him.  His goal was to do his Father’s work of healing and salvation (v17).

“Do you want to be healed?” (v6).  Jesus cares about our physical illnesses as well as our spiritual and emotional well-being.  He will do everything necessary to draw us closer to himself.