Summary: 4 of 5 messages on the Miracles of Jesus. This message is on the healing of the man at the Pool of Bethsaida. It focuses on the importance of obedience and the power of God in our lives.

Poolside Miracle

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Poolside Miracle

September 16, 2007

We live in a world, we live in a culture that is always looking for the quick fix, the miraculous, “please send it our way”. How many of you guys know someone that is always hopping into the latest get rich quick scheme? They are always looking for a financial miracle.

Raise your hand if you know somebody like that.

How many of you guys know someone that is always trying the latest diet pill, the latest diet Atkins North Beach, Southwest Beach, the latest treadmill?

How many of you guys know somebody that’s looking for a weight loss miracle, Raise your hand. Exactly. We all do.

Why don’t you point at them? I’m just kidding. I’m just kidding. Don’t point at them.

We live in a culture where we are always looking for the miraculous. We are always searching for the miraculous. “God, please send us a miracle. Fix this for us, and fix it really, really, really, really quick.”

I want to tell you a story about a guy today who was searching for a miracle. He was like many of us, but he was searching for a miracle for 38 years. Man, the guy was persistent, so if you have your Bibles, turn with me to John 5, and I am going to go ahead and begin talking you through today’s story.

What is your handicap?

“Sometime later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate, there is a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesada and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades,”

“Here a great number of disabled people used to lie – the blind were there, the lame, the paralyzed, and there was one who was there who had been an invalid for 38 years.”

John 5

So, here’s the story. Jesus is coming back to Jerusalem, and He walks into this area called Bethesada, right? And so, He’s walking in and He sees these two pools, and He sees these big porticos, these big porches that are covered, and He sees hundreds, maybe even thousands of handicapped people that are laying around these porches, all just staring at the waters of Bethesada.

People had traveled for miles just to be able to lay around the porches around this pool. Why? Well, there was an urban legend back in the day that said that an angel would fly over these pools, then he would begin to stir the waters, and then the waters would become an instrument of miraculous healing, and the first person that was handicapped, that were to get in the waters after the angel stirred them, would be healed instantly.

And so, that’s why people traveled from all over just to sit at the chance that just maybe, “Just maybe I’m going to get the miracle that I have always dreamed of having”. And the Bible introduces our star character. He says there was a guy who had been handicapped for 38 years, who was laying around the pool.

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