The third miracle, the healing at the pool, shows us the mercy of God and the hypocrisy of man.
The Healing at the Pool
John 5.1 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda[a] and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.  [b] 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 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 get well?”
7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”
8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10 and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.”
11 But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ”
12 So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?”
13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.
14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” 15 The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.
1. What does this story say to you about people?
First, I believe we can all relate the crippled man. Even the healthy among us feel crippled in some way, shape or form by sin in our lives. We may call them ‘weaknesses’ or something else even less offensive, but the Bible calls anything apart from the will of God, “Sin.” Second, the Jewish leaders demonstrate how hypocritical some act whenever they see Gob bless others. Some become angered to the point of ‘righteous indignation.’
2. What does this story say to you about Jesus?
Jesus loves us and has authority and power to heal. He puts himself on the line to take care of this one man. Despite being LORD of all, he knows and loves us individually as well. I recently read an article asking everyone to basically focus that God’s big plan isn’t about them…it’s about His own glorification. I can understand that…but examples like this show us that God also loves and cares for us individually. Again, pointing back to his first miracle that I wrote about earlier, Jesus turned water to win for a party before it was time to Him to reveal Himself. How can a huge God, who by virtue of His own holiness, prioritize His Father’s Will and love us all individually at the same time? Many would have you believe that He cannot…he prioritizes one over the other. My belief is that God’s ways are not our ways. Oh, that, and he’s infinite.
3. What does this story have to say about you?
I struggle with my own sin and physical frailties at times. I fight against both when I need to look to Jesus. Furthermore, I can act just as hypocritical as the Jewish leaders. I tend to react strongly to those who preach what I believe to be bad doctrine. However, many times God uses the imperfect to do His perfect Will. And LORD knows that I, myself, lack anything that resembles perfection.
4. Who needs to hear this story?