After this, Jesus went to Jerusalem for a religious festival (59).
Near the Sheep Gate that went into the city, there was a pool called Bethesda with five decks around it. Many sick people lay on the decks — people who were blind, lame and paralyzed. Some people believed that, after an angel had periodically stirred the water, the next person into the pool would be healed.
One man lying there had been paralyzed for thirty-eight years.
When Jesus saw him there, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
“But I don’t have anyone here to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up,” the sick man complained. “Whenever I try to get in by myself, somebody else always gets there first.”
Jesus simply said to him, “Get up, pick up your mat, and walk.”
Immediately the man was healed, picked up his mat and started walking!
Because this happened on a Sabbath day, some Jewish religious leaders told the man who had been healed, “It is against our religious law for you to carry your mat today!” The healed man answered, “The man who made me well told me to pick up my mat & walk.” The religious leaders asked him, “Who’s the man who told you to do this?” But the healed man didn’t know who Jesus was, and he couldn’t find him because Jesus had disappeared into the crowd.
A short time later in the temple, Jesus found the healed man and said, “God healed you for a purpose. God wants you to stop sinning, so that something worse than paralysis won’t happen to you!”
We are not told what impact this had on the healed man. But we do know that he went & told the Jewish religious leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.
(59) John 5:1-15