In today’s sermon, we find the story of a man who has been sick for 38 years. How many 38-years are there in one lifetime – at most, only two and a half. This man was sick for 38 years of his life, but Jesus healed him and he actually stood up. If Jesus was the doctor, then, the 38-year invalid was the patient.
It takes both the doctor and the patient’s cooperation to cure any disease. It is not unusual for doctors to make mistakes in treating patients’ diseases. It is also a common thing when patients to refuse to obey their doctor’s instructions. Even with a good doctor, a cure can be hard to achieve if the patient refuses to cooperate. Today, let us observe how Jesus, the world’s greatest physician and a 38- year invalid cooperated and found healing.