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Jesus heals a man at Bethesda

A man who has been paralysed for 38 years.
Contributed by YO! Ministry
Story also available on our translated websites: Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Hindi, Arabic
Jesus was a devout Jew. He traveled with His disciples to Jerusalem to celebrate a traditional Jewish feast. When Jesus was in the city of Jerusalem He visited a very special place called Bethesda. – Slide 1
Bethesda was a pool of water that was believed to contain healing properties. The sick, blind, lame and withered people waited around the pool for the waters to be stirred by an angel. Then it was said that the first ones in would be healed. – Slide 2
Lying by the pool was an invalid who had been ill for thirty-eight years. Jesus asked him, ‘Do you wish to get well?’ He replied, ‘Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.’ – Slide 3
Jesus commanded the sick man, ‘Get up, pick up your mat and walk.’ The sick man obeyed Jesus and was completely healed. Jesus stepped away in the crowds as many looked on in amazement. – Slide 4
The man continued to carry his mat as Jesus commanded. Some of the Jewish religious leaders looked at him in disgust, as according to the law, no one was to work on the Sabbath. They thought carrying a mat on the Sabbath was work and therefore a sin. – Slide 5
The healed man told the Jews that the man who made him well commanded him to carry his mat. The Jewish religious leaders asked him who had healed him. Jesus had left, and the man did not know that it was Jesus who had made him well. – Slide 6
Later, Jesus found the healed man in the temple area. Jesus told him, ‘Look, you have become well; do not sin anymore, so that nothing worse happens to you.’ The man went and told the Jews that Jesus had healed him. – Slide 7
When the Jewish religious leaders heard this they were outraged. They were now more determined to kill Jesus, because He was not only breaking their Sabbath laws, but also was calling God His own Father, making Himself equal with God. – Slide 8
Jesus told them, ‘...Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.’ – Slide 9
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