1. THE MIRACLE AT BETHESDA
• Also known as the pool of Siloam
• The man whose infirmity had been around thirty-eight years
• Thirty-eight years is a spiritual picture of the wandering of the Old Testament
• The pool of Bethesda is where the social “outcast’s” laid in hopes of being healed
• The thought here is that the first person to step into the pool after the water had been ‘troubled’ or ‘stirred’ would be healed
• The people gathered at the pool were the:
a. Impotent Folk
• People with palsy, issues of blood, leprosy and other ailments gathered at the pool in hopes of beating the others into the pools “healing” waters
• Jesus sent the man who was born blind to the pool of Siloam to restore his sight (John 9:7)
2. WHO WAS THIS MAN?
• Not much is known other than he had an infirmity a very long time
• Jesus again encountered the man in the temple
• He was miserable because of his infirmity
• He had given up hope of healing
• His ailment came from a sin in his life
• V. 14 Jesus told him to ‘sin no more; unless a worse come unto thee’
• Sin can bring forth problems and strife in our lives
• In James 1:14-15 we are told “But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed.” “Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.”
• So we see with what Jesus said and through James’ comments that sin can in fact bring calamity upon our physical and spiritual life.
3. WHAT WERE THE CONDITIONS OF THIS
• One had to enter into the pool immediately after the stirring
• One had to be the first in
• This man had given many excuses as to why he had never been healed
• Jesus asked a question: “Wilt thou be made whole?”
• Jesus asked the man, why are you still seeking to be healed? Do you not want to be restored?
• What Were the Excuses?
o People Excuse: ‘I have no man’ (vs. 7)
o Place Excuse: ‘to put me into the pool’ (vs. 7) He blamed his location for the inability to get into the ‘healing’ pool
o Conditions Excuse: ‘when the water is stirred up’ There were conditions to this healing which he felt like he could not meet
o Time Excuse: ‘while I am coming’ (vs. 7) since others beat him to the punch he simply gave up
o Blame Others Excuse: ‘another steps down before me’ (vs. 7) Blamed others for his inability to get into the pool
• This man gave Jesus every excuse he could to explain his question
4. THE MIRACLE ITSELF
• Jesus simply told the man, ‘Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.’
• Vs 9 tells us that ‘IMMEDIATELY’ the man was made whole
• Imagine after thirty years of an infirmity; being told to get up and then being made whole\
• Why did Jesus heal only one person out of the many that were needy?
o He was the one who seemed most hopeless
o Luke 5:31 “And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.” “I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”
• Jesus came to restore hope to the lost and to save the sickest of the sick