This was the second trip that Jesus made to Jerusalem and it was on the occasion of an un-named feast.
The place is in Jerusalem at a pool by the Sheep Market (gate). The name of the place was Bethesda (The House of Mercy). The pool is described as having five porches in which lay a great or large multitude of impotent people, some blind, halt, withered, etc.
These people are described as, “Waiting for the moving of the water.” For an Angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water; whosoever then first, after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole (well) of whatever disease they had.” John 5:3-4
The entire scene, the pool, the multitude of sick people is one of misery, disappointment and failure.
This is the picture of a man sick, friendless and in the company of others who were blind, crippled and poverty stricken. His was a very pitiful condition, helpless and hopeless, yet lying there year after year beside the Pool of Healing. Waiting for a helping hand to lead and lift him to the life giving waters of the pool.
I also see in this man a type, if you will of all men and the inability to help themselves.
When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had been a long time in that condition, He saith unto him, “Wilt thou be made whole?” John 5:6
The compassion of Jesus and His knowledge of the mans deepest needs combined to prompt the question. At first glance this may appear to be a rather silly question on the part of Jesus. But many men who have found themselves in such a long state of misery, can loose their will to respond to a source of help or their hearts simply harden to their situation and will not respond to help any longer.
The impotent man answered him, “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
What a tragic picture we have of this man. Alone, and friendless. “I have no man!” He is impotent and unable to help himself, yet he continues to struggle to obtain his healing. “While I am coming, another steppeth down before me.”
Jesus saith unto him, “Rise, take up thy bed and walk.” John 5:8
But let us stop the story right here…. Allow me to extract Jesus from the story for a moment and return to the words of this man when he says, “Sir, I have no man.” Is there another person he could be speaking to? Think about his words for a moment. Could he here be also speaking to each one of us?
The world we live in today is sick with a sickness well unto death, for sin is the very disease from which we of the human race are struggling with. In every direction we see men and women who are impotent or blind to the spiritual truth. Men and women today are crippled as a very result of willful sin, deformed, mentally and morally because they do not have the help and the healing of the Lord Jesus Christ. The world is “Waiting for the moving of the water.” Waiting for someone to lead them to the life giving message of Jesus Christ.
“Sir, I have no man.” I find a touching yet simple call in those pathetic words. There were hundreds who pushed and crowded their way thru Bethesda’s porches. Many were all around this man as today, but none with enough concern to care. Will you answer this man’s call? Do you find as I do…..”A Clear and Compelling Call – Get Involved.”
Will you be walking examples of our Lord in the land today? Will you answer the call? Will you go? Will you get involved…….for the Lord would even speak unto thee and say….” I have ordained and chosen this hour to call thee into the fields and into the highways, and into the prisons. For I have heard the cries of my little ones saying, “God, I have no man, I have no man, none who are coming in your name, to bring your healing into my life, to teach me, to nourish me, to help me to grow and to know you.