Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. 2 Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda,with five covered porches. 3 Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches. 4 for an angel of the Lord came from time to time and stirred up the water. And the first person to step in after the water was stirred was healed of whatever disease he had.5One of the men lying there had been sick for 38 years.
6When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.”Jesustold him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”
Which means House of Mercy
but it’s ironic.
What is Your Handicap?blind, lame, or paralyzed
“Such a Crazy Question”
When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to be well.” John 5:6
Jehovah RaphaThe Lord Our Healer
For I am the Lord, who heals you.
Can You See Him?
“Such a Lame Excuses”
I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool when the water bubbles up. Someone else always gets there ahead of me.” John 5:7
“Such a Radical Answer”
Jesus told him, “Stand up, pick up your mat, and walk!”
“Respond to Jesus”
Jesus wants to healyourhandicaps
8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.