Healing takes a choice

John 5:8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”

Ever wondered about this verse? Here is a man who cannot walk and has been invalid for 38 years and yet Jesus says to him “get up and walk”! How rude. It seems…

Jesus did not say “be healed” or “may God bless you”. Or even “let me pray for you”.

He demanded action. Not his action but the invalid’s. The problem was… invalid people cannot walk.

Jesus spoke words of faith towards the man, that created action. But he needed to make a choice. “Shall I listen to this crazy command, or will I stay invalid for the rest of my life?” He could have chosen to declare Jesus as a fool, or the hardest man he’d ever come across. Yet what he chose was his healing.

Getting a hold of the promises of God has nothing to do with God, and everything with us. His promises are “Yes”. The question is, are we saying “Amen”? (That is, accepting the yes)

2 Corinthians 1:20 “For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”

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