John 5: 8-9.
Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
There are so many paintings of this event! I hope to see a replay of what it actually looked like when we get to heaven 🙂
I have always been impressed by the sudden response of Jesus to the powerless man. Immediately upon the man’s response to Christ, without any prelude or any record of His touching the man, Jesus simply ordered him to get up, roll up his bedding, and walk.
So many things to think about here. First, Jesus was God the Creator. He knew exactly what was causing the man’s impotence, and he fixed it without saying or doing anything a person could see.
Second, He had such compassion on this man! Why did Jesus choose to heal him, when there were many others in a similar strait? I don’t know. Maybe, because He was God, He could look into the man’s heart and know that he was ready to believe. The only thing I know for certain is that Jesus’ response was immediate and without any strings attached.
Third, Jesus expected to be obeyed.
Fourth, He actually gave three commands that were each, in their own right, miraculous: “Rise!” The man had been unable to move for 38 years, and now Jesus, without any fanfare, tells him to simply get up.
“Take up they bed.” When a person is immobile for so long, his muscles have atrophied to the point of non-existence. How did he have the strength to get up, never mind to roll up his bedding and carry it? It was part of the miracle, that’s how!
“Walk.” The man hadn’t walked in 38 years. We are not told how old he was at his healing, but we know he endured 38 years of powerlessness, unable to move, never mind to walk! Again, it was part of the miracle. Jesus not only healed what was wrong in his body, but He restored the man’s strength, balance, and physical abilities all at one time.
When Jesus performs a miracle, He does it completely. No half-way measures. No need to return for a tune-up every six months.
When Jesus’ critics, however, saw what He did, they immediately began to plot and plan. After all, he had done work on the Sabbath!