What are the plans you had for life – the ones you thought for sure would complete you as a person? Was it a relationship, a career, some possession you wanted to acquire? Did you ever find yourself frustrated from achieving that plan? Did you ever feel like people not only let you down but even got in your way to keep you from getting what you thought was the solution for your life?
You’re not alone, you know that, right? In fact, there is an account we’ll be reading this Sunday in John 5:1-15 where a guy faced those same frustrations (albeit, a little differently) but actually found that what he really needed for a whole life was an encounter with Jesus.
Archaeologists have identified where the pool of Bethesda is located in Jerusalem.
When Jesus meets the man who has been unable to walk for 38 years, he asks if he wants to be healed (or come into existence as a whole person). That seems like such an obvious thing, why do you think Jesus asked the man this question?
What is the man’s response? What do you think he had in mind when Jesus asked him this?
As usual, our perceived solutions for life are in stark contrast with Jesus’. This man had one idea about how to become well, but Jesus had a plan to make him whole. What are the bubbling pools that we stare at, what places are we hoping to get to that we think will change our life for the better? What can we learn about our perceived solutions in light of this story?
If Jesus were to pass by your pool today, what would he ask you? What would he tell you to do? How can we take steps to find our solutions in Christ?
Good stuff to ponder – hope to see you Sunday!