December 12th, 2006
The pool of Bethesda was believed to have special healing properties. Every now and then something would cause the water in the pool to be stirred up, and it was believed that the first person to get into the water afterwards would be healed of all illnesses or disabilities. So a large collection of disabled and sick people were gathered round the pool, and each time they thought they spotted a movement in the waters, there was a mad dash to be the first to make a splash in the pool. Perhaps Jesus could have walked in and healed everyone. He didn’t. He just walked up to one man who had been sick for 38 years, and he asked him if he wanted to be healed.
John’s Account of the Good News — Chapter 5
5:1 Afterwards there was a Jewish feast, and Jesus went to Jerusalem. 5:2 By the sheep gate in Jerusalem there is a pool which is called in Hebrew “Bethesda”, having five porches. 5:3 In these lay a large number of people who were sick, blind, lame, or paralyzed. 5:5 One man had been sick for thirty-eight years. 5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had been sick for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to be healed?” 5:7 The sick man answered, “Sir, I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred up. While I am trying to get in, someone else gets in before me.”
5:8 Jesus said to him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk.” 5:9 Immediately, the man was healed, and picked up his mat and walked. That day was the Sabbath day, 5:10 so the Jews said to the man who was cured, “It is the Sabbath. It is wrong for you to carry the mat.” 5:11 He answered, “The man who healed me told me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.'” 5:12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Pick up your mat and walk'” 5:13 But the man who was healed did not know who it was, and Jesus had disappeared into the crowd.
5:14 Afterwards Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, “You are healed. Stop sinning, in case something worse happens to you.” 5:15 The man went off to tell the Jews that Jesus was the one who had healed him. 5:16 This was the reason the Jews persecuted Jesus and wanted to kill him, because he did these things on the Sabbath. 5:17 But Jesus answered, “My Father is still working, so I am working too.” 5:18 This made the Jews even more eager to kill him, because he not only broke the Sabbath, but also called God his own Father, making himself equal with God. 5:19 Jesus answered them, “I can guarantee that the Son can do nothing of his own accord. He does what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son does the same things. 5:20 The Father loves the Son, and shows him everything that he does. He will show him greater actions than these, so that you will be amazed. 5:21 Just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, the Son also gives life to anyone he wants. 5:22 The Father judges no one, but he has delegated all judgment to the Son, 5:23 so that everyone will honour the Son, just as they honour the Father. Whoever doesn’t honour the Son doesn’t honour the Father who sent him.
5:24 “I can guarantee that whoever hears my words, and believes the one who sent me, has eternal life, and avoids condemnation, having passed from death into life. 5:25 The time is coming, and has now arrived, when dead people will hear the Son of God’s voice, and those who hear will live. 5:26 Just as the Father has life in himself, he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 5:27 He also gave him authority to execute judgment, because he is a son of man. 5:28 Don’t be surprised at this, because the time is coming when everyone in the tombs will hear his voice, 5:29 and will come out; those who have done good, to the resurrection of life; and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment. 5:30 I can do nothing by myself. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is righteous, because I don’t seek my own will, but the will of my Father who sent me.
5:31 “If I testify about myself, my evidence is not valid. 5:32 Someone else testifies about me. I know that his testimony about me is true. 5:33 You have sent messengers to John, and he has testified to the truth. 5:34 I do not accept testimony from people, but I say these things so that you can be saved. 5:35 He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. 5:36 But the testimony which I have is greater than that of John, because the actions which the Father gave me to perform, the very things that I do, testify about me, that the Father has sent me. 5:37 The Father himself, who sent me, has testified about me. You have not heard his voice at any time or seen his form. 5:38 You don’t have his word living in you, because you don’t believe the one whom he sent.
5:39 “You search the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the Scriptures which testify about me. 5:40 Yet you will not come to me to receive life. 5:41 I don’t receive glory from men. 5:42 But I know you, that you don’t have God’s love in yourselves. 5:43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you don’t accept me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. 5:44 How can you believe, if you accept praise from one another, but you don’t seek the praise that comes from the only God?
5:45 “Don’t think that I will accuse you to the Father. The one who accuses you is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. 5:46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me. 5:47 But if you don’t believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”
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