"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."

Feeding the Lambs
March 12, 1932

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