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Lame man by the pool

Jesus heals a lame man by a pool.
Contributed by Richard Gunther
In Jerusalem, near the gate that sheep were taken into the Temple, was a pool surrounded with five shady places to sit. It was known as the pool of Bethesda. – Slide 1
A great number of disabled people used to lie by the pool - the blind, the lame, the paralysed. – Slide 2
One man lying by the pool had been an invalid for thirty-eight years and unable to walk. – Slide 3
They believed that from time to time an angel stirred the waters of the pool and the first one in after the waters started swirling would be healed. – Slide 4
But the poor lame man could not move his body to get into the water ahead of the others. He had no-one to help him get into the pool. He felt lonely and very helpless. – Slide 5
One day Jesus went to the pool of Bethesda. – Slide 6
When Jesus saw the lame man lying there and learned that he had been disabled for a long time, He asked him, ‘Do you want to get well?’ – Slide 7
‘I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred, the lame man explained. ‘While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.’ – Slide 8
Jesus said to him, ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’ <br/>At once the man was cured. His legs became strong and he could move. – Slide 9
He picked up his mat and walked. He was so excited he didn’t wait to ask who had healed him.  Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, ‘See, you are well again. It is important that you obey God.’ From that moment the man knew that it was Jesus who had healed him. – Slide 10
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