Mar. 9, 2016

Impaired Vision - Part 2

The man's response to the question Jesus posed, "Do you want to be made whole?", reveals more of what the man 'saw'. He saw his own dibilitating or infirm condition. He 'saw' other people more able-bodied and therefore preventing him from obtaining his healing. He 'saw' the troubled water and him getting in it first as the only method to reversing his condition.

John 5: 8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed and walk.

John 5:9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.

It is interesting to note here that there is no mention of the man expressing gratitude, appreciation, jubilation, worship or praise. Nothing is said about him sharing his good news with other people or possibly helping someone else into the healing waters or asking Jesus to heal any of the other people who were suffering.

Was he selfish? Indifferent? In shock? Or is only part of the story recorded here?

John 5: 10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.

John 5: 11 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed and walk.

The man seems to have a pattern of not accepting responsibility for his life or actions. He does not seem to mind putting Jesus out there and makes no attempt to shield Him from scrutiny or possible attack.

John 5:12 Then they asked him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed and walk?

John 5:13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed Himself away, a multitude being in that place.

John 5:14 Afterward Jesus finds him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, you are made whole: sin no more lest a worse thing come unto thee.

Jesus found the man in a place of worship. I wonder what the man was doing there? He does not seem to be a spiritual person or a thankful person or a benevolent person. It seems like maybe the man would have been looking for Jesus to thank Him, to learn more about Him or to follow His ministry. But instead of the man finding Jesus, Jesus found him and issued a stern warning.

John 5:15 The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus which had made him whole.

Again the man demonstrates questionable character. we aren't told that the man meditates on the warning Jesus gave him nor does he express remorse, regret or repentance concerning his sin. We aren't told that he worships, prays or presents any kind of offering or service in the temple.

In Acts 3 Peter and John encounter a man who was lame in both his feet. He was sitting at the entryway begging. When he was told to rise up and walk and received strength in his ankles and feet, that man walked and leaped and praised God!

John 5:16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus and sought to slay Him, because He had done these things on the sabbath day.

In some other instances when Jesus healed people, He told them not to let anyone know about it. In some cases Jesus knew that if the healing was publicized, He would be thronged and His flow and the Father's agenda would be interrupted. He didn't need to tell this man not to noise abroad his healing. Jesus knew this man had character flaws and sin issues. He knew this man did not reverently value the experience he had just had or the Person who healed his body.

More to come!