An Identity of Grace

John 5:1-9

The Healing at the Pool

5 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda[a] and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lieโ€”the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. [4] [b] 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, โ€œDo you want to get well?โ€

7 โ€œSir,โ€ the invalid replied, โ€œI have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.โ€

8 Then Jesus said to him, โ€œGet up! Pick up your mat and walk.โ€ 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,