John 5:1-17 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem...
The pool of Bethesda today is ruins, but in Jesus' day it was a very special place. It was a pool located near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem where sick people would gather waiting for an opportunity to be healed. You see the water would stir from time to time and the first person who could enter the pool while the water was moving would be healed. In John 5:1-17 Jesus comes to the pool of Bethesda and sees a man who has been unable to walk for 38 years. This man has been coming to the pool year after year in hopes of getting healed but because he can't walk, he can never get to the water when it stirs. Jesus speaks to this man and asks him if he wants to be healed. Of course, the man says yes, and then Jesus tells him "Get up, take up your bed, and walk" (vs. 8). Without hesitation, the man gets up and walks away healed.
As I thought about this encounter, it dawned on me how this story really shows us a picture of a world starving for spiritual healing. They want and need spiritual healing, but they don't know how to attain it. And, they are open to hearing about it from others (that's where you and I come in). This past week in Israel I had the opportunity to share Christ with a Muslim store keeper. I had never spoken to a Muslim about Jesus before, and I was a little scared because I didn't know how he would respond. But I asked Jesus to help me and jumped in. Guess what? He listened to every word I said and we talked for 20 minutes or so. He didn't receive Jesus as Savior, but at least he heard about Jesus...as the Son of God and Savior. I'm praying for this sweet man and his family and hope that someday they will know Jesus personally.
So what are you doing to tell others about Jesus and the eternal life that comes only through Him? What can you do to be more aware of opportunities to share Christ? Tami W.
P.S. My blog has a few pictures of the Pool of Bethesda if you'd like to see it.
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