The Man By The Pool

After this, there was a Judean festival; and Yeshua went up to Yerushalayim. In Yerushalayim, by the Sheep Gate, in a pool called in Aramaic, Beit-Zata, in which lay a crowd of invalids - blind, lame, crippled, waiting for the water to move; for at certain times an angel of Adonai went down into the pool and disturbed the water, and whoever stepped into the water first after it was disturbed was healed of whatever disease he had. One man was there who had been ill for 38 years. Yeshua, seeing this man and knowing that he had been there for a long time, said to him, "Do you want to be healed?" The sick man answered, "I have no one to put me in the pool when the water is disturbed; and while I'm trying to get there, someone goes in ahead of me." Yeshua said to him, "Get up, pick up your mat and walk!" Immediately the man was healed, and he picked up his mat and walked. -- John 5:1-9 (Jewish New Testament)

The pool called Bethesda (Beit Chasda -- House of Mercy) by the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem was known for its miraculous healing properties. But there were conditions that had to be met. You had to be the first one in the pool after the waters had been disturbed by an angel of the Lord in order to be healed. So where did that leave the man who had been ill for 38 years?

Unable to beat everyone else to the pool, the man could not partake in the healing waters. Instead he had an encounter with the Son of God. Jesus simply asked the man if he wanted to be healed. Rather than give credence to his excuses, Jesus commands the man to get up, pick up his mat and walk! That seems simple enough.

If you need healing you don't need to look to any special place or person. You don't need to follow some ritual. All you need to do is have an encounter with Jesus . Yes, the same Jesus who spoke to that man beside the pool called Bethesda is here for you today.

John 7:38 records Jesus' words, "Whoever puts his trust in Me, as the Scripture says, rivers of living water will flow from his inmost being!" (JNT) Call on the One who is willing and able to heal you; rest in His healing waters. Arise, take up your mat and walk!

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