After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?” The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, and while I am going another steps down before me.” Jesus said to him, “Get up, take up your bed, and walk.” And at once the man was healed, and he took up his bed and walked. John 5:1-9
Today’s verses show once again how accurate the Gospel writers were in their use of detail in their writings. For a long time it was assumed that the pool of Bethesda mentioned was merely metaphorical rather than historical and used this as proof that the Gospel of John was written much later by someone without knowledge of Jerusalem. The excavations in the 19th and 20th century unearth a pool in the exact location, by the Sheep Gate, and description, with five colonnades. Once again archeology caught up with the location mentioned in the New Testament.
At the time of Jesus ministry many believed that the pool had healing powers and that when the water stirred that the first person to enter the pool would be healed. Once again we see the Jewish people looking to things rather than God. I know that the gravely ill will often jump at anything for a cure but many of these people waiting on the waters to stir had family and friends there to help and at the very least they had someone bring them to the pool.
So Jesus asks the man if he wanted to be healed and the man lying before the Healer of the universe complains that he has no one to put him in the pool. But Jesus tells the man to get up take his bed and walk. Once the command is spoken by Jesus the man is healed. He does as Jesus told him and rises and walks. Once again the crowd is witness to a miracle.
We need to remember that for all the world can do to heal us; the ultimate healing comes from Jesus. He may heal our bodies for the short time we have on earth but He will eventually heal everyone who calls on His name completely and permanently in heaven.
Have a blessed day,