Do You Want To Get Better? (John 5:2-9)

Terrel Kesterson, November 12, 2017
Part of the series, preached at a Sunday Morning service

Years ago I was talking to my pastor about something that was bothering me. He let me ‘get it
off my chest.’ When I was done, I guess I expected him to say, “You poor guy;” and in general
feel sorry for me. Instead, he asked me, “What are you going to do about it?”
In the city of Jerusalem there was a special pool. A large crowd of people with various diseases
and injuries would gather around that pool. From time to time an angel would stir up the water,
and whoever went into the water first was miraculously healed of whatever was wrong with him.

There was a man in the crowd who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. He didn’t have
anyone to help him get into the pool, so he hadn’t been able to be cured.


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John 5:2-9

2Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep [gate] a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porches. 3In these lay a multitude of them that were sick, blind, halt, withered, [waiting for the moving of the water.] 4[for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the waters stepped in was made whole, with whatsoever disease he was holden.] 5And a certain man was there, who had been thirty and eight years in his infirmity. 6When Jesus saw him lying, and knew that he had been now a long time [in that case], he saith unto him, Wouldest thou be made whole? 7The sick man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me. 8Jesus saith unto him, Arise, take up thy bed, and walk. 9And straightway the man was made whole, and took up his bed and walked. Now it was the sabbath on that day. (ASV)

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