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This is Christina Farris live from turtle30cshell.com.
Today we are talking about the pool of Bethesheda. The
history of this pool of water is a painting of angel was in
the pool when they dug it out. However the paint was not
there at the time of Christ. It was painted at a later time,
perhaps as a reminder to the people of what God did.
The stirring of the water was thought to be generated by
the natural spring that feed the pool. Yet others believe
that an angel (minister) came and stirred the water and
people would go down into the pool when it was stirred.
The person that was dipped in the water would be
healed. There were five porches surrounding the pool
which people could sit or lie upon that went to the water.
Another interest information about this pool is it was by
the sheep gate, a gate where sheep were commonly
thought to be brought into the city for sacrifice for sin.
This is what help the archaeologist to locate the pool.
This is mentioned maybe not just for the detail of the
scene but a reminder of the healing power through
repentance and sacrifice. No doubt those seeing those
sheep come in for sacrifice would be reminded and
repent of sin. Jesus being the sacrificial Lamb that takes
away our sins, is why sacrifice for repentance is no
longer needed. Yet with repentance comes healing. If we
are a child of God we need to purge sin from out lives.
Let us begin the reading of the Word.
John 5:1-18 KJV
(1) 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
(10) The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It
is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy
(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
(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
There are so many people today that can not get to
doctors because they need a ride. When God choses to
use His people to be workers of miracles as in the time
of the apostles. Like when Peter full of the Holy Spirit
just passed by with his shadow people that were sick
were healed and aprons were taken to Peter to be
touched and taken back to the sick to be healed. People
came to belief in Jesus at that time. However in the
Gospels Jesus healed the people in person, not just in
Spirit as in the day of the Apostle Peter.
This man in the story being impotent meaning in the
Hebrew language weak could not get down to the pool
when it was stirred. In fact Jesus knew the man had laid
there many years, and much time had passed, But no
one to help the man. Jesus look at the man and said pick
up your mat and walk. Simple enough words, but it was
the words the man had long perhaps to hear, for with
that he stood up. This man a cripple and no one to help
him, yet Jesus made Him whole. Yet he knew not Jesus.
He just knew a man had made him whole. How many
people needing healing, yet no not the healer. God
desire to heal us even today, yet we must be aware that
Jesus is still no respecter of persons when it comes to
healing. This man knew not Jesus, but knew that water
he laid beside on his mat had healing power. To know
the power of anointed water, oil, apron, but to know not
the source can lead a person straight to hell. However
Jesus finds the man in the temple carrying his mat. Did
he know God? It does not say but Jesus told the man
who He was and told him to sin no more.
The Jews understood not why a man was carrying his
mat on the Sabbath, yet this man was made whole. They
were not concerned that He was whole, but that he was
carrying his mat. It was sin to work on the Sabbath to
the Jews Jesus when he healed the man had sinned in
the eyes of Jews. Yet this pool of healing power was
there with people of faith around that believe not, for if
they had believed they would of helped the man when
the water was stirred.
The healing of the Spirit come without repentance to a
non believer, yet the healing to a believer comes
sometimes with repentance.
James 5:13-15 KJV
(13) Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any
merry? let him sing psalms.
(14) Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of
the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him
with oil in the name of the Lord:
(15) And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the
Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins,
they shall be forgiven him.
This verse says to pray and to call on the elders. Do
people do this today, in some churches, yet the power of
God to heal is not always seen in the since of miracles.
Sometimes it seen through the use of doctors. Doctors
are like water being stirred. They are a form of power to
be healed but not the healer. We need to touch the
healer. We need a revival like at the time of the apostles.
Yet many believes it can happen. Is it those that receive
their miracle, not necessarily, for the man knew not who
Jesus was but was made whole. Whole to the extend he
even obeyed Jesus by carrying his mat, though it be
unlawful to do so.
What will it take for you to be healed physically,
mentally. Jesus desires to heal, but He desires us to be
made whole spiritual. Jesus went and told the man to sin
no more. Faith taking the man to the temple and showing
himself to the priest a custom of the law. Perhaps this
was why the Jews were stirred up over the healing,
because to show oneself to the priest for examination,
required a priest to work. However this is speculation.
However what we know is the man knowing not Jesus
was healed. The power of God is still with us by the Holy
Spirit to those that believe in Jesus. That working power
of the Holy Spirit still available today. Yet man believe
not. God’s way of healing may not be instantaneous in
your life. Healing might come in the form of death for
those that are saved. Healing might come in the form of
being made whole. Yet few understand that God is still
the healer, whether doctors, prayer clothes, or oil are
used. We need to rid ourselves of linking the middle
object or man as the healer and look to Jesus, to the
word of God concerning healing, looking to God for that
breakthrough need in our life and the lives of those who
are sick. To have faith does not mean one goes not to
the doctor, but one seeks God.
God still heals and with time some are made whole and
with others it takes a miracle, or healing comes in the
form of death if they know Jesus. God heals His way and
in his time. Realizing the man on the mat had wait a long
time for healing, yet Jesus full of compassion made Him
whole. One could say the water was really stirred that
day. Yet the man met the healer.
Dear Heavenly Father we ask for healing in our bodies
and our spirit today reaching up to you as the healer. In
Jesus precious name, Amen.