Bob 2016 09 04 3001. Jesus; in the House of Misery
2. Why not heal everyone?
3. A curious question
4. A stirring excuse
5. A glimpse of Heaven
6. The inquisition
7. A final word of advice

Pictured below is a model of the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:2). To the side are photos of the pool today.

Pictured is a model of the Pool of Bethesda (John 5:2). Below are photos of the pool today.When you visit St Anne’s Church in Jerusalem, they will show you the deep excavation that has revealed the
ancient Pool of Bethesda. There is historical and archaeological evidence that two adjacent pools of water
served this area in ancient times.

We do not know which feast Jesus was observing when He went to Jerusalem, and it is not important that
we know. His main purpose for going was not to maintain a religious tradition but to heal a man and use
the miracle as the basis for a message to the people.

JerusalemThe miracle illustrated what He said in John 5:24 — the power of His Word and the gift of life. This miracle is an illustration of the grace of God. It
was grace that brought Jesus to the Pool of Bethesda, for who would want to mingle with a crowd of helpless people! Jesus did not heal all of them; He singled out
one man and healed him.

The fact that Jesus came to the man, spoke to him, healed him, and then met him later in the temple is
proof of His wonderful grace and mercy.

JerusalemJesus’ argument for healing on the Sabbath was that God does not suspend his activities on the Sabbath.
But more important than pointing out the unceasing laws of nature, Jesus identified his activities with those of the Father. Jesus claimed to be continuing the creative work of God. – Warren Weirsbe