1After these things there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porticoes.
3In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, [waiting for the moving of the waters;
4for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool and stirred up the water; whoever then first, after the stirring up of the water, stepped in was made well from whatever disease with which he was afflicted.]
5A man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.
6When 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 5:1-6 NASB
1. Since this man was there to receive healing, did he know he was already sick?
2. If someone comes to you sick, do you offer the hope of healing?
3. Is it up to you to apply the healing, or the job of the Physician?
4. Is there help for those who have trouble continuing their healing process? Or a continual reminder of how they aren't doing enough?
No right or wrong answers. Just some thought I had.