Monday, November 4, 2013

October Review - Wilt Thou Be Made Whole

The Savior’s visit is depicted in a beautiful painting by Carl Bloch titled Christ Healing the Sick at Bethesda. Bloch captures Jesus gently lifting a temporary canopy, revealing an “impotent man” (John 5:7) who is lying near the pool, waiting. Here the word impotent refers to someone who is powerless and emphasizes the mercy and grace of the Savior, who came quietly to minister to those who could not help themselves.
In the painting, the afflicted man huddles on the floor in the shadows, exhausted and demoralized after suffering his infirmity for 38 years.
As the Savior raises the edge of the cloth with one hand, He beckons with the other and asks a penetrating question: “Wilt thou be made whole?”
The man replies, “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 5:6–7).
To the man’s seemingly impossible challenge, Jesus provides a profound and unexpected answer:
“Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
“And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked” (John 5:8–9).,p9,p10,p11,p12,p13,p14?lang=eng