I cannot think of a lonelier man than the one that Jesus met at a public pool.
This man could have stayed lonely, broken and dejected. But instead he took a chance on talking to Jesus. It may have been rare for anyone to talk to this crippled man, but Jesus talked freely with anyone he met.
The man decided to respond to Jesus and tell him the gist of his sorrows. Crippled for thirty-eight years, he had no friends. No-one was there to help him get into the pool that healed people. Maybe he was bitter… maybe there was no point telling his story… but, maybe the man still had hope of being healed…
Jesus met others who were paralysed. One man had a group of friends that destroyed a roof so they could lower his cot into the room where Jesus was. Those were incredible friends!
We’ve seen friends like that. When Christine Casey could not afford to go live in Hamilton where her chemotherapy treatments were, a group of you pitched in to raise money so she could afford an apartment close to the hospital. Jason and Sherry went with her to care for her needs while she was there. Eventually Christine passed, but not without knowing the love of her family and friends. That’s what God’s family does.
But this man Jesus spoke to, had no such friends. Are you like that man? Do you have no-one to talk to? Do you need help in some way? Jesus is here by His Spirit and in His People. He says to you, “Tell me about your difficulties. I want to hear what’s hurting you…”