‘Do you want to get well?’

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Three lines from the curing of the paralytic at the pool:
             JesusDo you want to get well?
              ParalyticSir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.”
             Jesus-“Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked
The first Jesus asks if the paralytic if he wishes to be well in five words. It is a simple yes or no question, yet the man does not answer it. He tells why he cannot, beginning with five words “Sir, I have no one. “Jesus then tells him what to do. The paralytic did have someone, he had Jesus. Jesus tells him, Get up! He does not tell him to wait for divine intervention to lift him up. Jesus requires that the man takes action for himself. He tells him to take his bed; the bed that made it comfortable to lie down, the bed that made it comfortable to be a cripple. (You made your bed, now lie in it?)In a way, it was a crutch to prevent him from walking. Jesus then commands him to walk. Many at the time were waiting for Gods kingdom to come to them, to appear to them. Jesus’s message is that  the kingdom of  God is at hand, but it requires us to do something to attain it: “Get up, take up your bed, and walk!” 

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