As I continued with my BUT LORD, I tried to justify my behavior because of someone else’s.
John 5:1-9 shares a similar story. As Jesus is going to Jerusalem he passes by a pool where a great number of disabled people would lay around waiting for healing. They were blind, lame or paralyzed. One invalid had been there for 38 years. Yet as Jesus passes by, that one man catches his eye. Now I know that no question is ever stupid… but I questioned that in this particular Bible story.
Jesus stops and asks this man, “DO YOU WANT TO GET WELL?” Really? Are you serious? Come on Jesus, of course he wants to get well! Why has he been there all this time?
But wait…..why WAS he there for so long?
Because he made excuses for his plight in life?
Because he just accepted it?
Because he enjoyed being a victim?
Because he had given up?
Because he blamed others?
Yes, like me he blamed others. In his answer to Jesus’ question he only stated that no one would help him. He didn’t say yes or no whether he wanted to get well, he blamed others.
Just… like… me…
Jesus’s response cuts through all the garbage. He gets straight to the point as He put an immediate end to the excuses, the blame and any empty words. He said to the man in John 5:8: