John 5:4 UNAS
For an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.
Picturing this scene in my mind, I envision a multitude of people in various stages of ill health waiting for the stirring of the water. I wondered if I had been there, what physical and emotional strength would I need to muster in order to enter the pool first?
How discouraging it must have been when the waters no longer stirred and the chance to be healed passed by again. The Bible tells us, “A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been there a long time in that condition, He said to him, Do you wish to get well?” John 5:5-6
In John 5:7, “The sick man answered Him, Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I’m coming, another man steps down before me.”
How similar is it in this day when we think of all of the reasons why we cannot be made spiritually well. What is keeping us from accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior and experiencing spiritual wellness? Is it our own hesitations keeping us from entering into the metaphoric pool of the Holy Spirit to be healed of our sin nature? Are we conditioned by this world to want what it has to offer vs. what God offers us?
The apostle John categorizes all of sin into three different parts, 1 John 2:16, “For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.”
God promises us spiritual wellness when we give our lives to Christ. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 ESV.
Once Christ enters our hearts, we immediately experience eternal life; we then have access to all of His gifts here on earth. In other words, our eternal life begins when we place our faith in Christ.
Our spiritual healing immediately begins when the Holy Spirit enters our bodies. Our old sin nature fades away and is replaced with the fruit of the Holy Spirit which provides healing and produces,
GAL 5:22-23 UNAS
Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.”