Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. John 5:2-5
Here we see an encounter between Jesus and a disabled man. This man has been physically disabled for many years and he came to a “pool” of water that people believed they would be healed by an Angel. Now this story of an angel healing them in the pool of water was a myth, but many were so desperate for healing, they came every year anyway for the false hope
Today this disabled man is going to meet true hope, Jesus Christ. The only one who can deliver us from sin and death.
When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole? The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. John 5:6-8
Jesus approached the man and asked him “Do you want to get well”? This may seem like an obvious question, however you have to ask yourself “ Do you really want to be saved”? Many people want the benefits of Heaven our eternal life, but they don’t really want to be delivered from their sin
The disabled man thought Jesus was talking about the mythical pool of water and said he didn’t have anyone to carry him into the water. How sad , this man was not only disabled, he didn’t have anyone. Jesus commanded him to “Get up and Walk”!
Now when we think about healing, whether it be physical or supernatural, we think there should be a process. However Jesus just immediately healed the man, by faith Get Up and Walk!
And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. John 5:9-10
Now things got even more complex, as Jesus healed the man on the Sabbath. Instead of the religious leaders being joyful or grateful that this disabled man had been healed by God, they were angry that this man was healed on the Sabbath
Instead of understanding the deity of Christ as he healed a man, they wanted to condemn Jesus for healing on the Sabbath. What they didnt understand is that Jesus is Lord of the Sabbath.
Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee. The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole. John 5:14-15
Jesus ran into the man later at the temple, he said something very interesting to him “Sin No More” , see this wasnt just a physical healing, this was a spiritual rebirth. The man has become Born Again, sin no more
The man told the religious leaders, Jesus has made him whole, Jesus can make you whole also! The Lord of The Sabbath, is also the Lord of All Amen!