May 6, 2012: John 5:1-15, Told for Younger Children
Antiochian Archdiocese Department of Christian Education · April 30, 2012
One Sabbath day, our Lord Jesus Christ went to Jerusalem. Near one of the city gates was a pool called Bethesda. Around this pool, many sick people lay, waiting. They were waiting for the water to move! You see, every now and then, an angel would come and make the water move. When that happened, the first person to go into the water was healed! So, the sick people waited and watched for their chance.
One man who was there had been sick for 38 years. When Jesus saw him, he knew the man had been there a long time. He asked the man, “Do you want to be healed?”
The man said, “Yes, I do, but I don’t have anyone to put me into the pool when the water moves. Every time I see it moving and try to get into it, someone else always gets in first.”
Then Jesus said, “Get up, pick up your stretcher, and walk.” When He said this, the man was healed. He picked up his stretcher and walked!
Because it was the Sabbath, when the Jews saw the healed man carrying something, they told him, “It is the Sabbath! It’s against the law for you to carry that.”
He answered, “Oh, the man who healed me told me to do it.”
“Who healed you?” they asked. But the man did not know who had healed him, for the place was very crowded.
Later, Jesus saw the man in the Temple and told him, “Look, now you are well! Don’t sin anymore. I don’t want anything worse to happen to you.”
What was the name of the pool near a city gate in Jerusalem?
Why were there many sick people there?
How long was the man in this Gospel sick? Why couldn’t he be healed by the water?
What did Jesus tell the man to do? Did he do it?
Why did the Jews scold the man?
The man in this story could have told Jesus, “No, I cannot get up, pick up my stretcher, or walk. “ Those things were too hard for him to do. But, with Jesus’ help and healing, he did them!
The next time you are asked to do something that seems very hard, ask for help! If you need to do it yourself and are not sure that you can, then pray and ask our Lord Jesus to help you. He will!