“The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.” (John 5: 7-8)
Jesus knew this man better than he knew himself. He knew that while the man felt lame and without hope, reliant on mortals and matter for healing, this was not the truth at all. In fact, the very opposite was true. Jesus saw through this lying accusation, and there was no delay in the healing evidence.
For the Truth was that this man was not impotent, powerless. He already had within himself, as God’s own idea and beloved reflection, all the power that was necessary to facilitate his own healing, to claim and enjoy his own perfect life. Jesus did not ask the man to change, to wait, to confess or to discuss his history, symptoms or remedies. He simply told him to do what was naturally his to do:
“Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.” Use what is already yours–rise into the fullness of what you know and are spiritually and eternally; get out of the bed of despair and discouragement and yearning for material answers, and walk as the whole man that you are. Jesus didn’t give the man healing. He only awakened him to what was always his—potency, ability, life unconfined and reliant always and only on the great and loving and ever-present power of God.
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