In John 5, we read the story of the man who was sick for 38 years, and was waiting for his healing. He was lying among the hundreds of sick who were gathered at this pool in Bethesda. Jesus asked him if he wanted to get well. He said that he wasn’t able to be the first one into the pool when the angel began to stir the waters. The first one in always got healed.
Jesus healed him on the spot. No angel was necessary, no jumping in the pool was necessary. The man didn’t even answer Jesus with a strong, “YES, I want to be healed!” Instead, he brought his lament to Jesus – he wasn’t quick enough to jump in the pool first. Jesus showed mercy to this man who had been crippled for decades.
By healing him on the spot, Jesus was saying, “I’m here, and I’m all you need. You don’t have to wait for an angel. There is no lack of healing available. Healing isn’t reserved for the clever and able ones who manage to get into the front of the line.”
In the past year, God has been “stirring the waters” big time in my life. Did you know that the average adult human body is 50-65% water, averaging around 57-60%? The natural things speak of the invisible. Jesus said we would have living water gushing out of us if we come to him and drink. The river of God never stops flowing.
I hear so many stories from around the world of God stirring the waters in peoples’ lives. In the John 5 healing story, no angel was present. But in these days, angelic visitations are not occasional. They are constant.
I believe the veil between our earthly existence and stepping into the kingdom of heaven is thinner than ever. People who persistently push through this veil will experience more and more of God’s love, healing, glory and empowering for daily life.
The first week of June will mark the beginning of my new video series called The Pool of Healing. The word translated “healing” in the new Testament is sozo. This word describes much more than physical healing. It describes deliverance from evil, salvation of our souls, restoration of our minds, emotions and social relationships. Sozo brings about a general state of well-being, and it prepares us to be conduits of living water to others.
My video series will include stories, songs, prophetic words, and sharing what I’ve learned about walking with Jesus over the past four decades. You can check it out on my youtube channel.