We serve a God that is a miracle working God, a God that does the impossible! As the church, we love the idea of miracles because we see God make a way when circumstances seem hopeless. There is a story in John, that is a hopeless story, but when Jesus steps into it, everything changes. John 5:5-6 says this:
One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?”
Obviously the man does want to be healed after being invalid for thirty-eight years, but Jesus asks him this question for a specific reason. He asks this question for the man’s sake. The man was a beggar who was pitied by many and made a living off of the offerings of others.
What Jesus is really asking him is does he want to be healed and be set free from the life he lived. Is he willing to give up the identity that he made for himself comprised of pity from others? Or is he comfortable with being the victim, the beggar, the one who everyone pities?
This is what Jesus asks of each one of us, too. Are you willing to leave the old you behind and step into the new?
Your miracle is ready. Are you?
Jesus—the same one who commanded the wind and sea to be still—had the power to command this man’s body to function as a whole, and He has the power to heal you and set you free. There is hope in Jesus for the impossible. He knows your problem, your situation, and your pain – every single detail. He is compassionate and He is all powerful to bring about the miracle you need.
What this man couldn’t do in 38 years, Jesus did in minutes.
Whatever your circumstance is, know this, Jesus has the power to change you in a moment.