"Wilt thou be made whole?"

It is recorded in the fifth chapter of John that on a certain occasion Jesus, after going up to Jerusalem, saw a great many sick people lying at the pool called Bethesda, and that one man in particular attracted his attention. It was to him the Master addressed the momentous question, "Wilt thou be made whole?"

It is to be recalled that the impotent man did not give a direct affirmative answer, but instead ventured the reply that certain conditions were absent which to his thinking were essential to his recovery. Did Jesus accept this as barring the healing of the man? Far from it. Looking right through the doubts and the physical disability of the man at the pool, and seeing their unreality, he restored him to health at the command, "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk."

A student of Christian Science who had had many evidences of the healing power of Christian Science when properly applied, while confident that what Mary Baker Eddy had given to the world was a divine revelation and a world benefaction, nevertheless seemed unwilling to place that entire reliance on God which is essential to the removal of all things that hinder spiritual progress. He was not unlike the one to whom Mrs. Eddy addressed herself hypothetically in the chapter on Prayer in the textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," where she writes (p. 9), "Are you willing to leave all for Christ, for Truth, and so be counted among sinners?"

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

Feeding the Lambs
March 12, 1932

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.