(This is apart of the series: Redeeming Rest)
This series is based on a book from, Mark Buchanan, who wrote the book, The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath. If you havent read it I recommend it. You need to read this book!
Do you want to get well?
“Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda[a] and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.  [b] 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 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?”
7 “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.”
8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10 and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”
One thing that Jesus does on the Sabbath apart from breaking it is restoring people. Jesus is about restoration on the Sabbath. Here are some other passages where Jesus restores/heals people, Mark 3: 1-6, Matt 12:9-11, Luke 6:1-11, John 5: 1-8. In the passage above Jesus asks the man a great question. Do you want to get well? If Jesus heals on the sabbath what else could he do in our lives when we take a Sabbath day.
I wrestle with this question on my sabbath day. Do I want to get well. Mark Buchanan in his book, The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath, does a great job explaining why being restored changes everything. Buchanan states, “It’s the most natural thing to befriend your sickness, even, after long association, to depend on it. Imagine any of the people Jesus heals. Their entire lives–their physical lives, for sure, but also their emotional and intellectual and relational lives–all have taken shape around their injuries or diseases. The man at the pool of Bethesda whom Jesus first asks if he wants to get well, for instance.”
What sickness have you befriended? What is holding you back? Do you want to get well?