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In John 5 Jesus approached a man who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. Jesus found this crippled man sitting by a pool that was believed by many to have the power to heal and restore the broken. 

With love and grace Jesus approached this broken man and asked a simple question, "Do you want to be healed?" The man politely responded to Jesus and said that he had no one to help him into the pool. Then Jesus said to him, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk." Immediately the man was healed. The Savior Jesus restored this man and forever transformed his life. 

Jesus is asking us the same question today, "Do you want to be healed?" Our bodies may not be crippled, but our hearts and minds are broken. Sin has made a mess of our lives and only Jesus has the power to make us well. We must realize moment by moment in our lives that we are unable, like this lame man, to place ourselves into the pool of redemption.

Do you want to be healed?

Shortly after Jesus healed the crippled man the religious leaders strongly opposed Jesus. Their frustration was the result of Jesus not abiding by their religious traditions. His love and compassion superseded mere rituals. 

What the religious authorities needed to grasp and we do as well, rituals and traditions can't heal, but Jesus' love and grace always brings redemption to those that admit their sickness. All of us are susceptible to being blind to our own sin and spiritual need. Do you want to be healed? 

That question confronts us every day of our lives. Only Jesus Christ who was pierced for our transgressions...crushed for our iniquities...and brought us peace (Isaiah 53:5) can heal us. We are broken and we need to be restored by the love of the Father, through the person and work of Jesus Christ and by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Do you want to be healed? Then go to Jesus. 

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