Coming off of the heels of seeing the mysterious mercy that weaves its way through great affliction we here find another suffering character described by John's pen. Jesus has come to the pool of Bethesda and there He finds a man who has been in desperate straits for 38 years. 38 years!! This is one who has known suffering and suffering has owned him!
This is a man who had been neglected and overlooked and laughed at and scorned and ignored and ridiculed for years. He was a forgotten cripple, an outcast, a piece of garbage to the busy world. He was passed by on the streets. He was passed by with their feet and in their minds. No one cared to help him. He was despised by the multitudes but he was NOT despised by Christ! Mark it well, dear one - Christ treasures that which the world trashes!!
'Do you wish to get well?' the Savior asks. 'Well, sure - but how? No one will help me at all. No one! What am I to do?'
What is he to do? Well, Jesus tells him to "arise, take up your pallet and walk.' And miracle of miracles, that is just what he did - he got up and walked!!
"Do you wish to get well?" Do you wish to walk past the excuses that have held you captive for years? Then look unto Jesus and in His strength and power and might take up your pallet and walk!