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Do You Want to be Healed?

When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, He said to him, "Do you wish to get well?" (John 5:6)
Thanks to my good friend Herb Montgomery, this story of an encounter between Jesus and a sick man has suddenly taken on vast new dimensions with serious personal implications for me.
It is a familiar story to many of us who have grown up weaned on Bible stories. It begins with a sick man who had spent most of his life lying near a mysterious pool of water presumed by many to at times possess magical or supernatural properties to heal anyone who would be the first to jump in after 'the stirring.' In the course of conversation with him we learn that he assumed that his main problem was that being too weak it was impossible for him to get himself into the water before someone else beat him to it thus never being able to capture a miracle for himself. Furthermore, he claims that there are no friends kind enough to throw hi…