5:1 A Man Healed at the Pool of Bethesda
After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there
is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having
five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed,
waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the
pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the
water, was made well of whatever disease he had. 5 Now a certain man was there who
had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he
already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, "Do you want to be made
7 The sick man answered Him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the
water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me."
8 Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your bed and walk." 9 And immediately the man
was made well, took up his bed, and walked.
And that day was the Sabbath. 10 The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, "It is
the Sabbath; it is not lawful for you to carry your bed."
11 He answered them, "He who made me well said to me, 'Take up your bed and walk.'"
12 Then they asked him, "Who is the Man who said to you, 'Take up your bed and
walk'?" 13 But the one who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had
withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. 14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple,
and said to him, "See, you have been made well. Sin no more, lest a worse thing come
15 The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.
"Scripture taken from the New King James Version. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used
by permission. All rights reserved."
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watch for nought. Even supposing that, in a few cases, remarkable signs are seen, yet
these are rare, and no man has a right to look for them in his own case; no man
especially who feels his impotency to avail himself of the moving of the water even if it
came. It is a very sad reflection that tens of thousands are now waiting in the use of
means, and ordinances, and vows, and resolutions, and have so waited time out of
mind, in vain, utterly in vain. Meanwhile these poor souls forget the present Saviour,
who bids them look unto Him and be saved. He could heal them at once, but they prefer
to wait for an angel and a wonder. To trust Him is the sure way to every blessing, and
He is worthy of the most implicit confidence; but unbelief makes them prefer the cold
porches of Bethesda to the warm bosom of His love. O that the Lord may turn His eye
upon the multitudes who are in this case to-night; may He forgive the slights which they
put upon His divine power, and call them by that sweet constraining voice, to rise from
the bed of despair, and in the energy of faith take up their bed and walk. O Lord, hear
our prayer for all such at this calm hour of sunset, and ere the day breaketh may they
look and live.
Courteous reader, is there anything in this portion for you?
From Charles Spurgeon's Morning & Evening - May, Day 7, Evening.
28 "Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my
yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find
rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light."
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Like many others, the impotent man had been waiting for a wonder to be
wrought, and a sign to be given. Wearily did he watch the pool, but no angel
came, or came not for him; yet, thinking it to be his only chance, he waited
still, and knew not that there was One near him whose word could heal him in
a moment. Many are in the same plight: they are waiting for some singular
emotion, remarkable impression, or celestial vision; they wait in vain and
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