While in Jerusalem, Jesus walked by the Bethesda pool where “a great number of disabled people” gathered each day. The reason the pool drew so many people was the belief that the waters had magical healing powers. According to legend, an angel would descend and touch the waters and the first to enter would be healed. Jesus encounters a man who has lived with his disability for thirty-eight years. He asks the man what seems to be an odd question: “Do you want to get well?” Not everyone who needs to be healed want to be healed. Jesus does heal the man, but it happens to be on the Sabbath – something that will attract the attention of the religious leaders.
Passage: John 5:1-15