We will be spending each day in the month of July reading a portion of the book of John. Read the scripture text for the day and then share a comment about it in the comments section. We look forward to interacting with one another as we allow the Word of God to speak to us.
5 After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 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. 5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. 6 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? 7 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. 8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. 10 The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. 11 He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk. 12 Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? 13 And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. 14 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. 15 The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole.
16 And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. 17 But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. 18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath, but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God. 19 Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. 20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel. 21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. 22 For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: 23 That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him. 24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life. 25 Verily, verily, I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live. 26 For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; 27 And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. 28 Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation. 30 I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which hath sent me.
Jesus healed this man had been unable to walk fir 38 years, but he didn’t stop there.
14 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.
Jesus took it further and told the man to win no more. Some people are just looking and waiting for a miracle and they miss the message of salvation.
The Pharisees were so blinded by their religion that they missed the significance of what happened. The man healed: (after 38 yrs) was healed at the house of mercy. Yet, they knew an angel would go and trouble the water at a certain time, and the miraculous was taking place.
Jesus was shaking up the status quo and that left the Pharisees out the spot light . They were more intent on doing their religious practices, then having a relationship with God.
The Son of Man clearly has a relationship with the Father, John 5:19 “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.”20 “For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing. In fact, the Father will show him how to do even greater works than healing this man. Then you will truly be astonished.” and He clearly desires to His Father’s will. Verse 30 “I can do nothing on my own. I judge as God tells me. Therefore, my judgment is just, because I carry out the will of the one who sent me, not my own will.”
Jesus visited the Pool of Bethesda where there was a man who had been and invalid for thirty eight years. Jesus said unto him wilt thou be made whole? The man replied by saying , 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.
He made the comment that no one can help him into the pool of troubled water to be the reason why he never received his healing, by the time he gets there it’s too late.
Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. 9 And immediately the man was made whole
He didn’t need to rely on people. He only needed Jesus.
Jesus asked the man who had been lame for 38 if he could be healed… since he had been waiting so long the man had just accepted that this is how it’s gonna be … he didn’t say ‘yes I can!’ He went and told Jesus all the reasons why he couldn’t be healed. What we accept as normal isn’t always what God has planned
The man at the pool was sick for 38 years and sat at the pool believing that his condition was hopeless. The idea of being healed was foreign to him as he expressed why he could not hope of touching the water in time. His condition seemed hopeless but Jesus revealed that He can resolve any condition, even if it is hopeless in the sight of man.
The man with the infirmity knew that someone would beat him to the water each time but he still continued. He has the infirmity for 38 years and when Jesus healed him he made the man while. “You are made while: sin no more…” When God heals He doesn’t just take care of one thing but He does a complete healing and makes you whole.