Do You Want to Get Well?

In our scripture today, Jesus encountered a man who had been invalid for 38 years, sitting by the edge of a healing pool.  Though Jesus knew his story, he still asked him a very pointed question, “Do you want to get well?”  Our immediate response might be, “Duh, that’s why he’s been sitting there for 38 years!”  But underneath the issue, Jesus’ probing question actually uncovers a whole other set of barriers that might have gotten in the way of him truly wanting to get well.