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The Sick Man of the Bethesda Pool

Updated on October 14, 2008

The Sick Man of the Bethesda Pool

When Jesus saw him and knew how long he had been ill, he asked him, "Would you like to get well?"

"I can't Sir", the sick man said, "for no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred up. While I am trying to get there , someone else always gets in ahead of me. " John 5 : 6-7

The Pool of Bethesda, a place destined for the sick, the blind, the lame and the paralyzed. What a place of utter hopelessness. Among those sick people lying there was a man who had been sick for thirty-eight years. I don't know exactly how long had he been there at the Bethesda Pool, but I believe he had been there for quite a time and had made several attempts to get into the pool whenever the water of the pool is stirred up.

It was believed by the Jews, that an angel visits the pool every Jewish Holiday and stir the pool to bring healing to anyone on it. The sick man made several attempts to get healed but all his efforts turned to be in vain. He had been sick for thirty eight long years. It was thirty-eight years of misery, deprivation, idleness, poverty, hopelessness. He keeps coming back to the Bethesda pool, it is his only hope, no other way for him. But it is am almost impossible quest for healing.

Jesus saw his almost hopeless situation. And was moved with compassion to perform a miracle on his behalf. Finally hope was materialized in the life of the sick man. Jesus healed him instantly. He did not have to wait anymore for the angel to stir the pool. He did not have to stuggle to get ahead into the pool. Because of this healing, his life which once was idle will be useful. He did not have to beg anymore, he now can work and function normally. His life now can have dignity. He can now be a useful citizen of his nation..

All these beautiful changes happened in the life of the sick man , only because of the compassionate heart of Christ And he received it all for free. Truly Jesus is awesome ! .


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    • BDazzler profile image


      10 years ago from Gulf Coast, USA

      Yes He is!

      Thanks for reminding us what an Awesome King we serve!

    • RGraf profile image

      Rebecca Graf 

      10 years ago from Wisconsin

      I'm so glad that He sees our situations and come to our aid. Thanks.

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      10 years ago from Manila

      Thanks Eddie Perkins for apprecieating this hub. Regards.

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      Eddie Perkins 

      10 years ago


      You’ve shared a great Scripture (aren’t they all) great story and great truth. Thanks for publishing this hub. Thumbs up. ~ eddie

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      Patrick Teng 

      10 years ago

      Me too, I love your love for Jesus Christ.

      Your faith has inspired me, thanks

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      10 years ago from Manila

      Thanks Barbie for the generous comment.God bless you.

    • Barbie-Perkins profile image


      10 years ago from Cincinnati, OH


      I love your love for Jesus. Jesus is always there. All we have to do is call upon the name of the Lord Jesus and we shall be saved. What Mighty and Awesome God we have!

      Thanks for sharing Jesus with the world. In Jesus Precious Love, Barbie

    • cristina327 profile imageAUTHOR

      Maria Cristina Aquino Santander 

      10 years ago from Manila

      Thanks childcen for taking time to read this hub. Surely God honors persistent faith.

    • childcen profile image


      10 years ago from New Zealand

      Our God is a miracle working God. This man was certainly very persistent and i believe that Jesus saw his heart and granted his wish. Its a story of never giving up hope and God's timing. i love this story!


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