As you read this post, I will probably be relaxing in the mineral rich waters of the thermal springs in Moree. Over the past couple of days I have already enjoyed the hot 39 degree pool and then transferred my reddened, mineral infused body to the balmy 37 degree waters. I have heard many stories of long term healing of people who have immersed themselves in these pools. Some of these visitors have been coming here for therapeutic soaks for over 20 years and feel greatly improved after their immersions. As I look around and observe the vast array of levels of mobility, various shapes and sizes and difference in ages, it seems that most of these people believe they are here to gain some physical, and perhaps emotional benefit. I wonder whether they have given any thought to their spiritual health.
The John 5 reading describes a pool like the one we have been enjoying, complete with the colonnades. As yet, I haven’t seen any disturbance of the water which would suggest it is time to be the first to dive in for healing.
Jesus knew the disabled man lying next to the pool needed healing, both in body and soul. It is great to read of the man’s complete faith in this stranger and without question, picked up his mat and walked. He had no knowledge of who Jesus was but certainly benefited from Jesus’ compassion. His actions showed that his body had been healed but not his heart or soul. Jesus’ later words to him, “See you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to” you tell us that this man had only understood the opportunity he had been given to be healed from his physical afflictions. It seems he may not have understood that he had also been offered the gift of eternal life.
Jesus had selected this man, loved him, healed him and given him his freedom. How would the people who come to Moree react in the same situation?
In our self-absorbed society of instant gratification I suspect these travellers would be grateful for the immediate physical healing. I suspect they too would not feel the need for anything else.
How do we react each day when we consider what Jesus has already done for us? Like the disabled man, we too can be grateful for Jesus’ actions but really, how fantastic it is to be able to rejoice in the fact that we are loved by the Creator of the universe!