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John 5 (NKJV)

A Man Healed at the Pool of Bethesda

5 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda,[a] having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.[b] 5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?” 7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.” 8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.


A great number of people were suffering from infirmities. He was waiting for his miracle by the angel stirring of the water. Not realizing that the one that is asking the question created the angels and the water. Therefore, Jesus didn't need any of these elements to perform a miracle in this man’s life, who has been suffering for 38 years of his life.

Jesus saw his situation and asked a question, “Do you want to be healed”? Notice that the man didn't say ‘yes’. He began to explain what was wrong when Jesus came to make it right. The Omniscience of Jesus knew his plight and He came to heal and deliver this man. Isn't the story similar to ours sometimes when we are in a situation, looking for something or someone to make it better? When Jesus is the midst, He is ready to heal and deliver us from our situation.

However, at time we wanted to tell Him how and why we are in this place of discomfort. I believe that we all can find comfort in this story to recognize that God is always there to tell us “Rise, take up your bed and walk,” and deliver us from our plight, pain, and problems.


Heavenly Father, thank you for your healing and delivering power. Regardless of how long I have been dealing with discomfort and disappointment in my life, I am confident that you see my situation. I am ready for my miracle so that I can experience the “Above and Beyond” life that you have for me. In Jesus name, Amen.