Who’s in Charge Here?!

by Lester Young

Have you ever occasionally wondered about some of the questions Jesus went around asking folks?  Be honest, now.  If you’re like me, wouldn’t some of our Lord’s inquiries – if taken solely at face value – just kinda make you look at Him, raise your eyebrows and go, “…Seriously?”

Perfect example: the man who had been sick for a long time and was lying by the pool of Bethesda, along with a large crowd of other people with varying infirmities (John 5:2-9).  Now, this person had been afflicted (and, according to the Biblical text, not able to get around very well) for thirty-eight years.  I’m not sure you heard me… that’s, ‘years.’  YEARS!  Thirty-eight of them.  Okay, so picture the scene – place yourself there.  The angel these folks were waiting on to come down and stir up the pool water didn’t make it there every second and fourth Thursday at 3 P.M.  He only came down rarely; and then, only the first person to make it into the water after it was touched would get healed.

Now, Jesus comes along; and He finds out how long the man has been in that condition.  In other words, He knew the man had been an invalid for almost four decades when…He asks him…”Do you want to get well?”  ???…Seriously?

Okay, why would the Lord ask that man that question?  I cannot believe He was purposely trying to be facetious or cruel or funny; that’s just not Jesus – or God.  (Although He most certainly does have a sense of humor…but that’s another topic altogether).  The Lord didn’t just flap His tongue around haphazardly wherever He went – He knew very well the weight and importance of spoken words (Proverbs 18:21; John 12:49-50).  So, what was the question’s real purpose?

As it turns out, Jesus had a perfectly valid – and fundamentally crucial – reason for such a curious inquiry.  I think it’s safe to say He knew the guy didn’t want to be in that condition any longer.  After all, he’d lain there at that poolside year after year, but couldn’t get down to the water in time after the angel hit it.  What Jesus needed to know, however, was whether the man would believe and be obedient to His words.  I mean, he didn’t particularly have to, did he?  Remember, some folks believed in Jesus, took Him at His word and got healed.  Others didn’t, and got nothing (Mark 6:5-6).  And, thereby, we arrive at the crux of the matter: the man had a choice, and he didn’t even know it!

So, you’re saying the man chose to be sick?  No, I’m not saying that he make a conscious choice to be sick for thirty-eight years, not at all.  But, I am saying that when Jesus rolled up, He offered the man a conscious choice of healing and wellness.  So, who chose whether or not the man would get healed?  Did God?  Jesus?  No, and no.  The man chose.  By believing Jesus and doing exactly what He told him to do, that man began to take charge and call the shots about his health.  Instead of continuing to live under his circumstance, he began to rule over it.  (And, that concept of choice is not exactly new, by the way.  Deuteronomy 30:19 tells us what God said to Moses and the Israelites a long time ago: “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, [that] I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore [you] choose life, that both you and your children may live.”)

Do we have that same choice?  As heirs of God and joint-heirs with Jesus Christ, of course we do.  Listen, God provides the power.  Jesus paid the price and provided the way into God’s life and blessing – He is The Way (1Timothy 2:6; John 14:6).  But He won’t try to force it upon us; the Father doesn’t operate that way.  (Force, coercion and deception are Satan’s M.O.)  We’re kings and priests, remember? (1 Peter 2:9)  Jesus is the King of [us] kings. the Lord of [us] lords, and our High Priest (Revelation 19:16; Hebrews 3:1).  We’ve been given the right, the authority and the power to rule – to speak out God’s Words (His will) and make our lives here on earth a clear reflection of God’s Covenant (Deuteronomy 8:18), of His Blessing, and of Heaven on earth; just as it was meant to be from the beginning.  We’re in charge here, we have the choice…and we don’t even know it.

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2 Comments to “Who’s in Charge Here?!”

  1. It is truly astounding, what we already have in Christ Jesus, and the choice we have in our hands to possess His promises of healing and other aspects of well-being for ourselves, and for the benefit to others, so we can be a blessing to them. And we as believers have been given the authority to fulfill God’s work on earth. Thank you for this post that reminds us of this, Lester. Dee

    • Hi Dee…

      I think if any of us really got hold of the revelation of the authority we already have right now in the Name of Jesus…well, let’s just say there would be a lot of shaking up going on 🙂


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