There are things that God makes known to you, and weeks go by and you don’t do it, and I can’t help but to wonder what if you would have applied immediate action to the thing that you knew you had to do. So is what I hear Jesus saying here, “Rise, take up your bed, and walk”. I hear Him saying “Do it now”, I hear Him saying “Get up, take a step”. That’s what He was trying to let the man know.
Essentially, Jesus was commanding the man to attempt the impossible. Jesus said, ‘Get up’! He told him to pick his bed up and carry it away. The man could have said that for thirty-eight years he had been lying on the bed and he didn’t have that physical ability to rise as he was being commanded to do. But he made the effort and the power of God healed him. 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked” (John 5:9).
God had come! In His marvellous sovereign way, He had chosen the man out of the multitude to demonstrate His wonderful love and power. The crippled man didn’t even have the faith to ask. But God performed the impossible. All the man had to do was to obey the command, take immediate action, and receive his healing. He was miraculously and instantly healed from his affliction. Later, the Jews couldn’t understand how a man who had been crippled for thirty-eight years could be healed on the Sabbath day.
If he had not attempted to obey the command, he wouldn’t have experienced the healing power of God, and be made whole. When Jesus went to the pool, He went to change the crippled man’s life. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” (John 5:6). He already knew his yesterdays. He knew the man at the pool and He knows you and me. Jesus had a supernatural knowledge of the man’s condition.
There are so many things in this world which try to defeat us. So, what’s stopping you? You may be asking; can I really change? I know people ask this a lot of times. “Can I really do this”? You may not believe things could ever change in your life, but God does. The Holy Spirit believes you can and that’s why He’s leading you, guiding you, speaking to you, and inspiring you.
The road to achievement is to have the desire and determination to make the effort to receive what God has for you, and if you do so, no matter how hopeless your situation may seem, the power of God gets its opportunity to be demonstrated, and you can conquer the things that for a long time have conquered you. Some of you have had dreams, you knew they were from God, and I just want to encourage you to cooperate with Him and go along with what the Spirit of God is clearly placing on your heart to do. God sent us the Holy Spirit so He can be a guide in our lives.
The Bible says the man had the disease for thirty-eight years. This shows the seriousness of the diseases that had afflicted this man for nearly four decades. But when this man was making excuses saying, “I have no man”, the first thing Jesus said was, “Rise, take up your bed and walk”. Jesus started giving him directions. I believe the Holy Spirit wants to lead and guide you and give you directions. How many of us are open to the Holy Spirit directing our steps? That was Jesus giving him directions, and the way to break out of failure in life and the inability to change in life. What is the Holy Spirit saying you must do? Obey and take immediate action.
“With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Mathew 19:26).