When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, 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. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
The more I read and think about this story, the more I realize just how much we have in common with this impotent man. The word impotent simply means “without power.” We do not know exactly what was wrong with this man, other than the fact that he had no strength of his own. He could not move himself and, in this case, he could not move himself into the pool. He laid next to the pool in hopes of someday getting in and getting healed. But, without a man to help him and to put him in the pool, he was both helpless and hopeless.
That is the exact same situation we find ourselves in before we come to the Lord. We are both without help and without hope. We are dead in sin and we have “no man” to help us. We can’t help ourselves and we can’t get the healing that we know we need. That is where Jesus comes in.
Just as Jesus helped and healed this man when he could not help or heal himself, so Jesus helps and heals us when we could not help or heal ourselves. Just as this man was immediately healed, so are we immediately healed when we come to Jesus. Just as this man’s healing was only because of the grace and mercy of God, so our healing is only because of the grace and mercy of God. The next time we look at this story, we should think about just how many similarities there are between us and this man. What a wonderful Saviour we have!