The Healing Pool

Teaching Notes

Gospel [gr. euaggelion] – lit. good news, news that makes one happy, information that causes one joy, words that bring smiles, a message that causes the heart to be sweet.

 

Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 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?”

 

“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.”

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.  John 5:1-8

 

THIS IS GOOD: There is no MAGIC HEALING pool.

 

THIS IS GOOD: Only Jesus can bring HEALING & WHOLENESS.

 

THIS IS GOOD: Jesus sets the EXAMPLE for us to FOLLOW.

 

  • Jesus WENT where others AVOIDED.

 

  • Jesus ASKED rather than ASSUMED.

 

  • Jesus led with COMPASSION then followed with CLARITY.

 

A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.  John 13:34-35

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  • John 5
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