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.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” -John 5:6-8 NIV
Last night marked the official start of the 2015 season at Delanco Camp! This weekend, about a 60 junior and senior high students and staff members came together for worship, fellowship, and fun.
Our speaker, Dave Hallahan, had a great message last night at service about the healing of the paralyzed man from John 5:1-8. He focused heavily on the question that Jesus challenges the man in verse 6: “Do you want to get well?”
As humans, we are all unwell, sinful. In that state of sin, some of us turn to God. Yet, there are some people who don’t know that they are unwell. Others, they know that they need help and simply refuse it. At some point in our lives, we’ve all been at least one of these people: one that doesn’t know they need change, the one that tries to change, and the one who simply doesn’t want it. We think we can heal ourselves, but it just doesn’t work like that, now does it? The best part? Not only can Jesus make us well, he wants to make us well.
In concluding his message, Dave asked each of us what would it take for us to get up off of our mats, to acknowledge that we need to get well, and turn to Jesus. That’s why we, as campers and staff alike, come to this special place called Delanco Camp: to get well.