Jesus at the Pool of Bethesda – Gospel of John 5
At the time when there was a feast of the Jews, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. There is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, which means “House of mercy” and it had five porches. The porches were places where a great many people who were blind or limping or had other things wrong with them, gathered and waited for the water to move. At a certain time, an angel went down into the pool and disturbed the water, and whoever was the first person to step in the water after that, this person was healed of whatever disease he had.
At the pool there was a certain man who had been sick for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had been that way for a very long time (because Jesus knows everything about everyone) he said to him “Would you like to be made whole?” And the man answered him “Sir, I have no man who can put me into the pool when the water is disturbed and when I am coming, another steps down into the water before I do. And Jesus said to him “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” And immediately the man was healed, and he rose, took up his bed and walked.
Now this was on the Sabbath day and so the Jews said to the man who was cured that it was not lawful for him to carry his bed on the sabbath day. And so the man answered them “He that made me whole, the same said to me, Take up your bed and walk.” So they asked him what man told him to take up his bed and walk.
But the man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had taken himself away because there were a great many people in that place. After that Jesus found the man that had been healed in the temple, and Jesus said to him “Look, you are made whole. Sin no more, unless a worse thing comes upon you.” And so the man left the temple, and told the Jews that it was Jesus which had made him whole. The Jews persecuted Jesus, and desired to have him killed because he had done those things on the sabbath day, which was the day of rest. But Jesus answered them, “My Father works and I work.” Therefore the Jews sought even more to kill him, because not only had he broken the sabbath, but he also said that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
Memory Verse: John 5:18 “Therefore the Jews desired ..to kill him because..he said also that God was His Father, making himself equal with God.”
1 What does “Bethesda” mean? Answer: House of Mercy
2 Before Jesus came, how was a person at the pool healed? Answer: At a certain time an angel came down and disturbed the water, and the first person who stepped into the water after that was healed.
3 The man had been coming to the pool a long time. Why wasn’t he healed? Answer: Because he had no one to take him, and always someone stepped in before he did.
4 What did Jesus say to him after he had healed him? Answer: Rise, take up your bed and walk.. and after that when he knew who Jesus was, Jesus said “sin no more, unless a worse thing comes to you.
5 What was the biggest reason the Jews wanted to kill Jesus? Answer: Because Jesus also said that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.