In the fifth chapter of John's Gospel is a graphic description of one of the Master's most important healings. The writer tells us that there was a pool at Jerusalem which was named Bethesda, whose waters, when stirred by some supposed supernatural power, could heal the sick and impotent. Here beside this pool lay a man who had been ill and helpless for a period of thirty-eight years. He was waiting for someone to place him in the pool during some moment when these waters were disturbed or, as the record states, were "troubled."

The account reads that as the Master, Christ Jesus, passed by and saw this man, he said to him compassionately, "Wilt thou be made whole?" Then, as the man was beginning to explain that no one seemed willing to help him, Jesus spoke again—this time not a question, but a command. Said he "Rise, take up thy bed, and walk."

And the record has it that the man immediately was made whole and took up his bed and walked—not through the supposed power of Bethesda's waters, but by the potency of the divine Mind, whose power the Master had expressed, or reflected.

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