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Bethesda

2.26.2010

Have you ever seen this painting?

“Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
“In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
“For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.
“And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
“When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
“The impotent 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.
“Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
“And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked.”
-John 5:1-9

Yesterday I went to the pools of Bethesda. Here is what they look like today:


Right next to the pools is The Church of St. Anne. This building is beautiful and the accustics in it are amazing. Dan and I sang I am a Child of God. It sounded so neat.

While I was there I thought about how Jesus knew that this was a place where the sick, the wounded, and the blind, would be. He came there to heal them. The water at these pools was said to have healing powers but Jesus was the one who healed this man and not the water.

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