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Jesus’ healings . . . today
Originally appeared on spirituality.com
The fifth chapter of John (see John 5:1-9) records one of Jesus’ most remarkable healings. It involves a man that Jesus encountered at the pool of Bethesda who had suffered from an “infirmity thirty and eight years.”
This pool was surrounded by a “great multitude” of people who were waiting for an “angel” to come down and “trouble the water.” It was believed that the first person to step into the water, following this event, would be “made whole of whatsoever disease he had.”
When Jesus found the man, he asked him, “Wilt thou be made whole?” It was a direct question requiring a direct answer. The man’s response is memorable for its pronouncement of helplessness, “Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.” The master Christian was known for his compassion. But his explicit, bold instruction in this case was, “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.” And the man did just that.