During a feast of the Jews, we see Jesus at the healing pool of Bethesda, which was by the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem, that prominent city.
And He saw a certain man lying among the many others who had come to seek healing, whose infirmity had lasted thirty-eight years—and on whom no man had apparently had pity.
It was known and told that an angel came to stir the waters at a season and time at this pool of five porches, an esteemed place.
And whoever first, thereafter, made it into the water was healed of their illness—with no longer a trace.
Jesus, knowing that this individual had been crippled and infirm for a long time, asked him if he wanted to be healed.
The man replied that he had no man to help him into the waters after they were stirred. Others were always quicker, so his fate had been sealed.
Then, Jesus mercifully said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk,” stepping in for the said “no man.”
Immediately, the infirm man was made whole, got to his feet, took up his bed and walked, for health and healing have always been God’s plan.
Today, when we experience difficulties, even those long-standing, and may sometimes feel there is no one to help, not even the Lord…
remember, we still do have an advocate in Jesus, God’s Son—to get adverse things eliminated and have the good restored.
P. A. Oltrogge
”…how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him.” Acts 10:38 NKJV
“The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” (Words of Jesus in John 10:10 NKJV)
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:8 NKJV
Poetic account, above, from John, chapter 5.
Some versions of the Bible leave out the verse about an angel stirring the waters due to uncertainties about original texts. It’s included in the poem as found in the King James and New King James versions, The Passion Translation, Amplified Bible, J. B. Phillips New Testament, and others.