Here a great number of disabled people used to lie–the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” (John 5:3-7)
Notice the words: “I have no one to help me.” How often we feel like we are all alone, with no one to help us! We need to remember that Jesus is always there with us and always helping us, even when we don’t know it. Jesus promised that He would never leave us nor forsake us no matter what the circumstances we find ourselves in (Hebrews 13:5). Jesus is not a “fair-weather friend” who disappears when we are engulfed in one of the storms of life; He is with us from beginning to end.
Jesus cares about everyone, and in this passage we see just how much He cares for those who feel they “have no one to help.” He cares about those who are alone. He cares about those who reside in nursing homes. He cares about those who are confined to hospital beds. He cares about the widow and the orphan . . . and He cares about you!
If you have been feeling lonely, shift your focus to your faithful Friend who sticks closer than a brother. Remember His words to the one who had no one to help him into the pool of water:
Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. (John 5:8-9)
Whatever proverbial “mat” you may have been lying on, paralyzed by the thought that you have no one to help you, do as Jesus instructed that man to do: “Pick up your mat and walk,” knowing that Jesus is walking alongside of you every step of the way. If you have placed your trust in Jesus Christ for your eternal salvation, you are not alone. You never have been . . . and never will be.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN