Jesus Heals a Man at the Pool of Bethesda – John 5:1-16

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March 12 2024: Bible Verse of the Day – Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent – Jesus Heals a Man at the Pool of Bethesda – John 5:1-16

7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; while I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me.”
8 Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.”
9 Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked. Now that day was a sabbath. – John 5:1-16

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Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Lent

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In John 5:1-16, we encounter a powerful story of healing and compassion. Jesus comes across a man who has been paralyzed for 38 years, lying by the pool of Bethesda.

The pool was believed to have healing properties, and the sick gathered there, waiting for the water to be stirred, as it was said that an angel would occasionally come and stir the waters.

Let’s look at one of the clear symbolic meanings of this passage above. The man Jesus healed was paralyzed, being unable to walk and take care of himself. Others neglected him as he sat there by the pool, hoping for kindness and attention.

Upon seeing the man in need, Jesus asks him a simple yet profound question, “Do you want to get well?” This question goes beyond the physical ailment; it delves into the man’s willingness to embrace healing and change. The man responds with a description of his plight and the challenges he faces in reaching the water.

Instead of waiting for the waters to be stirred, Jesus commands the man to pick up his mat and walk. Immediately, the man is healed and follows Jesus’ instruction.

This miracle highlights the authority and power of Jesus as the one who can bring about transformation and restoration.

The passage also reveals the legalistic mindset of the religious leaders of the time. They question the healed man for carrying his mat on the Sabbath, completely missing the miracle and focusing on a minor violation of their Sabbath rules.

Jesus, in response, identifies himself as the Son of God, emphasizing his divinity and the authority given to him by the Father.

One clear symbolic message is that his physical paralysis is an image of the result of sin in our lives. When we sin we “paralyze” ourselves.

Sin has grave consequences on our lives and the clearest consequence is that we are left unable to rise and then walk in the ways of God.

Grave sin, especially, renders us powerless to love and live in true freedom. It leaves us trapped and unable to care for our own spiritual lives or for others in any way.

It’s important to see the consequences of sin. Even minor sins hinder our abilities, strip us of energy, and leave us spiritually crippled to one extent or another.

Hopefully, you know this and it is not a new revelation to you. But what must be new to you is the honest admission of your current guilt. You must see yourself in this story. Jesus did not heal this man only for the good of this one man.

He healed him, in part, to tell you that He sees you in your broken state as you experience the consequences of your sin.

He sees you in need, looks at you and calls you to rise and walk. Do not underestimate the importance of allowing Him to perform a healing in your life.

Do not neglect to identify even the smallest sin which imposes its consequences upon you. Look at your sin, allow Jesus to see it, and listen to Him speak words of healing and freedom.

Take a moment today to ponder the profound encounter between Jesus and the paralyzed man. Place yourself in the midst of that scene and recognize that this healing extends to you as well.

If you haven’t already done so during this Lenten season, consider going to Confession to experience Jesus’ healing in that Sacrament.

The path to freedom is found in Confession, especially when approached with sincerity and thoroughness. It holds the key to the liberation that awaits you.

Prayer: Dear God, I’m sorry for my mistakes. I want to admit them and understand how they affect me. I know You want to help me and fix things. Please help me be brave and tell You about my mistakes, especially in Confession. Jesus, I Love You. Amen.

A Short Story on Confession and God’s Transformative Power

Sarah has been struggling with a deep-seated addiction for many years. She finds herself trapped in a cycle of destructive behavior, much like the man by the pool of Bethesda.

One day, Sarah encounters Jesus in the form of a caring friend who shares the message of hope and healing.

Jesus’ question, “Do you want to get well?” is echoed in the friend’s encouragement to Sarah. The friend helps Sarah recognize the need for change and the possibility of a transformed life. In response to this message, Sarah decides to seek help and embrace the path to recovery.

The healing moment for Sarah comes not from waiting for a magical event, like the stirring of the waters, but from her decision to trust in the transformative power of Jesus.

With support and guidance, Sarah begins to experience healing, breaking free from the chains of addiction that had bound her for so long.

However, as Sarah starts her journey of recovery, she encounters criticism and judgment from some individuals who focus on minor details, similar to the legalistic attitude of the religious leaders in the biblical passage. They question the methods she employs and the choices she makes in her pursuit of healing.

In the face of this criticism, Sarah holds onto the newfound freedom and transformation she has experienced.

She recognizes that the healing process might not always align with conventional expectations, but the crucial point is the restoration and wholeness that come through her relationship with Jesus.

This example illustrates the timeless message of John 5:1-16, emphasizing the compassion and transformative power of Jesus in addressing the brokenness in our lives.

It challenges us to be open to healing, to trust in Jesus’ authority, and to avoid legalistic attitudes that might hinder the work of transformation in ourselves and others.

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