JOHN | Sin sick or Son sick, Jesus Heals! { DAY FIVE }


“When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” {John 5:6, ESV}

Are you sick?  Have you struggled with something that never fully goes away but instead keeps cycling back over and over again? Do you want to be healed?

I don’t know anyone who has struggled with an illness, whether of the body or mind, for any length of time who wouldn’t love a swift “pick up your mat and walk” type of healing.  A word or a touch and an “it is finished.” Am I right?

When we are sick, and I’m talking about an illness that has continued for a long period of time, it’s not just the physical sickness that makes up the whole struggle. It’s the added hijacking of our minds that can be taken over in search for a  cure.   Late nights up researching every fix imaginable from homeopathic to medical.  Sleep, a distant reality with a mind racing through the night thinking, plotting, and hoping for relief every time our head hits the pillow.

I would love to say in my darkest struggle with anxiety I spent every minute of that season in prayer and fasting and trusting the Lord for healing but that just hasn’t always been the case.

In today’s Scriptures, Jesus comes to a man who had been ill a long time, thirty-eight years long, who had been waiting by the side of the healing pools. He is downtrodden and defeated and focused on the obstacles in front of him for healing.

“Sir, I have no one to put me in the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” {John 5:7, ESV}

Are you comfortable in your sickness? 

It’s possible to be desperate for a cure but content to keep doing what is comfortable and familiar and remain sick.

Beth Moore talks about two kinds of sickness when she teaches this chapter of scripture.  She calls one “Sin Sick” and the other “Son Sick.”

Sin Sick is probably exactly what you would imagine it to be. It’s an illness in the mind or body brought on because of sin. When we walk in habitual sin or cycle back to the same sin over and over, it can cause a physical sickness in our bodies.

“….there is no health in my bones because of my sin. For my iniquities have gone over my head; like a heavy burden, they are too heavy for me.” { Psalms 38:1-10 }

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Son Sick is when our illness is meant to bring glory to the Lord.  If you’ve struggled with an illness for a long period of time and you have asked the Lord to search your heart and there is no habitual sin happening in your life. And if you’ve prayed for healing and you have not been healed, then it is possible that the illness you are experiencing is so that the Lord may be glorified.

Jesus answered, “It was not that this man sinned, or his parents, but that the works of God might be displayed in him.” { John 9:3 }

It’s not for anyone to judge what type of sick you are.  That is between you and the Lord.  But if it’s the first one.  If your sin has you sick, whether the sin is obvious to you or hidden because you’ve been doing it for so long; God is merciful, He is gracious, and He’s got healing for you.

There is no sin too terrible or that has continued for too long that the Lord’s mercy isn’t able to forgive.

When Jesus approached the man who had been ill a long time at the edge of the pools, He immediately had mercy and compassion on him. Jesus came anonymously and fully aware that the man had been focused on the wrong means to an end. He was fixated on the pool to heal when really he needed Jesus.  Sometimes we can sit in our sickness waiting for God to change our situations,  too comfortable to remove ourselves from what is making us sick.  We must be “mat picker-uppers”, willing to remove the things in our lives that are holding us back from true wholeness of mind, body, and soul.

Let’s relentlessly seek the Lord every day for the blessing it is to know and walk with Jesus. It’s by His great might and help that we are able to turn from our sin and walk upright and holy.  Whether we are sin sick or son sick when we recognized that Jesus is our healer we walk in freedom!


  • Is there anything in your life that is making it too comfortable to stay in sin? 
  • What are you focused on today, is it your illness or the One who heals?
  • If your illness is to bring glory to God, how can knowing that change your perspective?


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BethAnn Foro
BethAnn Foro
Howdy, I'm BethAnn! Founder, Author, Bible Teacher, & Chief Visionary at She Believes Ministries. I love to gather and encourage women everywhere to lean into Jesus and simply BELIEVE HIM! Not just believe in God but truly believe all of Him for our whole life! I'm so happy you are here at SHE BELIEVES, I hope you find encouragement and deep refreshment for your soul through the online pages and faith-based resources at SHE BELIEVES MINISTRIES!

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