Encouraging the Patient to Help Himself

The man at the pool of Bethesda had been waiting for his healing for thirty-eight years. Questioned by Jesus, he responded pathetically, "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." John 5:7;

Jesus didn't say: "That's too bad. I'll help you into the pool." Nor did he ask his disciples to lend a hand. Simply, but with authority, he told the man to take up his own mattress and walk. Result: the man was completely and instantaneously healed. Jesus had reached and activated the invalid's spiritual ability to help himself.

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