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Sunday School: Are You Ready for Jesus to Make You Well?

I don’t like being sick…it stinks. When you’re sick, everything you do feels 10 times more difficult because you’re tired and feeling bad. However, there is one good thing: When you’re sick, people don’t expect as much from you.

In a world where we’re under a lot of pressure, sometimes it’s nice to feel like people aren’t expecting so much from us. If you’re sick for long enough, the people around you might get used to expecting less from you. You could get used to having people do more for you.

John 5 tells an interesting story about a man Jesus healed.

Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes. In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered…A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years (John 5:2-3, 5).

When Jesus met this man, he’d already been sick for 38 years! That’s a long time–I get frustrated when I’m sick for more than three days. The Bible says that people who were sick would sort of camp out at the pool of Bethesda and wait for the waters to “get stirred up.” Once the waters got stirred up, they would basically race each other to the pool because the first person in would be healed of their diseases. This man is waiting for the waters to get stirred up, and he’s been sick a long, long time. So, what’s the first thing Jesus says to him?

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).

What!? What kind of question is that? If you’d been sick for almost 40 years, don’t you think you’d want to get well? The Bible says Jesus knew the man had been ill “a long time,” so why would He even ask that? Didn’t Jesus know the man would want to get well?

I wonder. If I was sick for nearly 40 years, I might get used to being sick. I might get used to having other people do things for me. I might get used to not having to work so hard. I might become comfortable with being sick, comfortable enough to stop trying to get well.

Many of us don’t have physical conditions that will be with us for life, but we do have other “illnesses,” like broken hearts, guilt, shame, sin or unforgiveness. Sometimes people accept their life situations when what they should really do is keep trying or fighting until the situation changes. Sometimes we become comfortable with our “illnesses,” and people learn to expect less from us because of our conditions.

The sick man answered Him, ‘Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while I am coming, another steps down before me’ (John 5:7).

The man is telling Jesus that he doesn’t have anyone to help him get into the pool quickly enough, and he can’t move fast enough to get there before someone else. This man had probably been trying for many years, maybe even most of his life, to beat the other people into the pool. This man was tired of being sick. He was tired of living with his illness, and he wanted help. He wanted to be healed.

Once he was healed, people were going to expect more from him. He wouldn’t be able to lay around by the pool all day–he’d be capable of much more, so people would expect more from him. He didn’t care; he was tired of sitting by the pool, anyway. Jesus heals the man and later meets him in the temple and tells him what’s expected from him now.

‘Behold, you have become well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse happens to you’ (John 5:14).

Jesus comes to each of us and shows us our illnesses. Then He asks, “Do you wish to get well?” Know that if Jesus makes you well, however, He is going to expect more from you than He expected before.

Girls, are you ready for Jesus to make you well?

And He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed (1 Peter 2:24).

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  1. Dee

    Posted by Dee on April 9, 2013 at 15:48

    He does make you well!!! It’s kinda a painful process. I mean, letting go of anything is painful, whether it’s hurt and bitterness, or a comfort zone that’s been in place for a long, long time. But he does! 😀

  2. syd9837

    Posted by syd9837 on April 8, 2013 at 18:09

    I don’t really know if this is the same idea, but what about mental illnesses? I have an eating disorder and sometimes I don’t know if I want to be healed. I know it’s a distraction from God but it’s a security blanket.

    • Posted by JennArman on April 8, 2013 at 19:11

      Syd – This applies to emotional healing, mental healing, physical healing, addictions…really any kind of healing. It sounds like you may be experiencing a little bit of fear at the thought of being healed from your eating disorder. If that’s the case, I suggest asking God to heal you from the fear you feel first. Once that’s dealt with, you should feel much more certain about being healed from the eating disorder.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by RachelKat on April 8, 2013 at 14:35

    Do you mind clarifying this a bit? I’m a chronically ill teenager and I KNOW I want to be better – I’m so ready to be healed. However, the healing just hasn’t come, at least not yet. Does God always heal people when they want to be healed?

    • Posted by JennArman on April 8, 2013 at 19:08

      Rachel – To clarify, no, God does not always heal people when they want to be healed. This is one of the mysteries of God’s ways that we humans simply don’t understand.

      I intended the point of the article to be more about people who have given up on trying to get well or change unhealthy situations in their lives. Even though God doesn’t always heal us when we ask, He wants to know that those He does decide to heal truly want to be healed and are ready to live their lives for Him.

      Just because God doesn’t always heal us when we ask to be healed, doesn’t mean that we should stop asking Him or expecting Him to heal us. I’ll be praying that you’ll be healed from your illness. I hope this clarified things for you a little. 🙂

  4. IdaPahus

    Posted by IdaPahus on April 8, 2013 at 01:22

    I love this article!!! I shared it with some of my friends!

  5. Entertaining angels

    Posted by Entertaining angels on April 7, 2013 at 20:48

    Jenn Arman I love this Lesson…I find it relevant to look at this story like that:D Thank you for Writing this. And also the Sunday School: Two Practical Tips to Avoiding Temptation, Really Help Me SOOOOOO much(:

    • Posted by JennArman on April 8, 2013 at 19:14

      Entertaining angels – I’m thrilled that you enjoyed the article and that Sunday School: Two Practical Tips to Avoiding Temptation helped you!

  6. violinlover

    Posted by violinlover on April 7, 2013 at 16:49

    You have to be willing to fight hard, and give it all you’ve got. It doesn’t work to go halfway, or three quarters of the way. Everything has to be focused on healing through God The Father.
    Sometimes, the phyical conditons are going to be there always. I still fight as hard as I can when they come up. Having several chronic conditions, that as hard as i’ve fought, they’ll still be here. I have to say, I suffered endlessly during the two years that it severely inhibited me. I learned to let it go, into the arms of the Savior. I had to know that God was powerful enough to anything, and everything. I didn’t believe that he could be capeable of healing me in my midst of pain and chaous. I’m not exactly sure where the “Out” he gave me came in, but I found myself finally believing. In the same, I began to put my trust in Him fully, instead of halfway. That’s where the real healing comes. Little by little, I found myself getting stronger and more capable of things I hadn’t been able to do in years. Through that realization, I believed more and more, until my full trust was in Him. My conditions still inhibit some things, but through trust in God, he brought me through it. It’s amazing what he can do, beleiving and letting yourself fall into His arms.

    • Posted by JennArman on April 7, 2013 at 18:44

      Exactly! Sometimes we are afflicted with chronic conditions. The apostle Paul had a condition that afflicted him throughout his life, but when we put our full trust in God and show that we’re ready to be healed, the Lord makes us capable of overcoming out afflictions 🙂

      • violinlover

        Posted by violinlover on April 8, 2013 at 13:17

        I never thought it could happen, until I turned to God, and he healed me in many ways, that I never thought possible.

  7. jinglebells

    Posted by jinglebells on April 7, 2013 at 16:37

    I really enjoy reading what you write Ms. Arman thanks 😀

    • Posted by JennArman on April 7, 2013 at 18:42

      Aww…Thank you so much! I really enjoy writing for all of you 🙂

  8. so_shedances

    Posted by so_shedances on April 7, 2013 at 16:31

    This is so interesting.
    I’m a shy person, and I’ve been praying for God to heal me from my shyness. However, because of being shy for nineteen years of life, I’ve gotten comfortable with certain things such as people coming up to talk to me rather than me going up to them, having people speak for me, not talking in class, and not going out of my way to do anything social. It requires going out of my comfort zone, which I need to be more willing to do before God can change me. I don’t want people/God not to expect anything from me, but it’s so so difficult. Please pray for me guys.

    • princessjaja

      Posted by princessjaja on April 15, 2013 at 14:19

      I understand you 100%! Well, i’m not really shy, but I am really self-conscious of myself and it prevents me from doing things like some of the things you’ve mentioned there. If I wasn’t so self-conscious of myself, I would definitely be more outgoing and everything. Pray for me as well and I shall pray for you! 😀

    • Posted by JennArman on April 7, 2013 at 18:48

      I’m a shy person by nature also. When God first made it clear He wanted me to be a youth pastor, I thought maybe it was a joke. I’m way to shy to be a pastor! You have to step outside your comfort zone, but the whole time you need to trust God completely. God will be with you and the more you step out of your comfort zone the easier it will get over time. 🙂

  9. thespiritualwarrior7

    Posted by thespiritualwarrior7 on April 7, 2013 at 12:21

    You do have to be ready to be healed. You can’t really heal someone if they don’t want it.
    Once I tried praying for a girl that was sick on my Guatemala missions trip. I really wanted her to be well so she could enjoy everything with the rest of us, but I could tell she didn’t believe she would be healed. So it didn’t work.