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    Jesus Healed Only One


    After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.And that day was the Sabbath.
    John 5:1-9 (NKJV)
    Why is it that when Jesus went to the Pool of Bethesda, with all that multitude of infirm, He healed only one person when at other times He would heal multitudes? What was so different about this time?
    This is a lesson in obedience. Remember, Jesus never did anything of His own accord. What He saw the Father doing, He did likewise. Although Jesus had healed multitudes when He had compassion on them, what prevented Him from healing the multitude that surrounded this pool? To understand this I will present to you a little story.

    A certain man who had a dog he wanted to train in absolute obedience. After teaching his dog to obey by going through various exercises, the time came to put the dog through a final test. The man took the dogs favorite treat, which he had never withheld from his dog, and placed that treat on the dog's snout and commanded the dog, "NO!"

    The dog could not resist and just as quickly flipped his snout with the treat falling in his jaws. At this, the man beat his dog with a stick saying "NO!"

    By this time the dog whimpered with his tail between his legs. Now the man placed another treat on his dog's snout and commanded, "NO!"

    This time the dog did not snap up the treat but with much trembling made no move to eat his treat. As the dog trembled in obedience, his saliva dripped uncontrollably for several moments until his master said, "Yes!"

    And so this dog learned obedience to not take his favorite treat when his master said no.

    Everyone that came to Jesus, He did not turn away. Many times He was moved with compassion and healed, delivered and raised men from the dead. However, with all this, when His Father showed Him to enter that Pool of Bethesda with its great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, and paralyzed and heal just one, it was the greatest test of His obedience when everything in Him desired to heal them all.

    What is the lesson for us in this example? It is a lesson in obedience to the highest degree. It is not 'our' will that must prevail but the Father's will. It is not for us to challenge Him why He would heal only one and not the multitude. It is for us to fully place our trust in Him who knows all things and knows why He will do what He will do.
    Romans 9:15-16 (NKJV)
    For He says to Moses, “I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion.” So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.
    We must remember that He is the potter and we are the clay. If we desire to have all of Him, then we must give all to Him. This includes learning to obey in all things His revealed will. Even if we too are faced with a multitude and He shows us to touch only the one He points out to us.

    It was Jesus' desire to preach the good news to all but when He arrived at the well outside Samaria, He spoke to only one person. There were many at that well but only the one was spoken to. Then that one went into the city and spread abroad the testimony of what Jesus did. The leaders of that city came out to the well and invited Jesus into the city with them. After He left them, they told that woman that they now believed, not just on her word but now they have heard Him themselves.

    So you see, in this example we can readily see why Jesus spoke to the one only. This should give us reason to think that the one man who was healed at the Pool of Bethesda had spread word of this great miracle in his life to countless others.

    Mark 5:1-20 Tells the story of the demoniac with a legion of demons possessing him. Jesus commanded the demons to leave and they left the man and entered into a herd of swine which promptly ran off a cliff and drowned in the water below. But when those who herded the swine that were driven off a cliff, saw that it was Jesus who cast the demons out of that man, they did not want Him in their region. the man who was demonized asked Jesus to follow Him but Jesus told him to go tell others what great things God has done for him and the man went into Decapolis, which means ten cities.

    Notice that Jesus did not enter those cities but through touching only one life, all ten cities were prepared for His coming.

    So, was the reason that Jesus healed only one man in this great multitude because only one man had faith? If it was the Father's intent to heal everyone one, wouldn't there be a record of this? Would Jesus had spoken to only one? Seeing His compassion on so many others, it is difficult to understand why didn't He show that same compassion on such a multitude like this.

    There can be only one explanation as to why that multitude was not healed. And that reason can only be that Jesus was shown by His Father to heal only one.

    Will we be able to do the same, especially if we have been sent to heal multitudes ourselves. And do not doubt this because the time is approaching that this will become commonplace. We must remember then, once we have experienced the healing of multitudes ourselves, to remain completely obedient to God if He were to say to heal only one in the midst of another multitude for you do not know what plans God has for that one person. It is not for us to know all His plans but for us to be fully obedient in the things He shows us to do. We are to leave the bigger picture to the Master Planner and gladly participate in the small part He has blessed us to do.

    Jerry Sundberg

    Soon after I received the Lord in 1976, I started receiving prophetic visions and warnings about the future of the church and the United States. I share my visions on my Hidden Manna websites and offer free of charge my two ebooks entitled “Hidden Manna” and “Hidden Manna 2”.

    Website: Hidden Manna

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