On one particular day Jesus was drawn to the pool of Bethesda. His eyes landed upon a man who “had been sick for thirty-eight years…[Jesus] asked him, ‘Would you like to get well?’ ‘I can’t, sir,’ the sick man said, ‘for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me’” (John 5:5-7 NLT).
What an odd question to ask a sick person: Would you like to get well? To us Jesus asks, “Would you like to get well?” Or do you like being sick? Getting well means getting up, getting a job, and getting to work. Do you really want to be healed? That’s the question Jesus asked then. That’s the question Jesus asks all of us still.