The first device that Satan has to keep souls in a sad, doubting, and questioning condition, and so making their life a hell, is, By causing them to be still poring and musing upon sin, to mind their sins more than their Savior; yes, so to mind their sins as to forget, yes, to neglect their Savior.
The sight must have been unforgettable. The blind, the lame, and paralyzed, gathered in one place, each awaiting an opportunity to be healed. So many desperate outcasts wanting simply to be made normal. So many souls believing desperately a dip in a pool could make them well.
It was the week of the Passover festival, the time when the Jews celebrated God’s deliverance of their ancestors from slavery in Egypt. The Spirit of God passed over the homes that bore the mark of the sacrificed lamb. They awoke the next morning to freedom.
Jesus, the Lamb who was sent to take away the sin of the world, approached one man by the pool, asking a simple question. “Do you want to be healed?”
Of course he did. He had been an invalid for most, or all, of his life. He was there by the pool. The answer should have been simple. But he didn’t answer Jesus simply. Instead, he complained that no one would take him into the pool. The man focused on his inability rather than the source of his healing.