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Bethesda

John 5:8

Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.

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John 5:2-9

2 Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.
3 In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.
4 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.
5 And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.
6 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?
7 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.
8 Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath.
and walk!’

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In John 5 we read the story about a man who has been sick in bed for 38 years. It is located in one of the colonnades by the bathwater ‘Bethesda’ at the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem. Along with many other sick, blind, crippled and paralyzed people. From time to time an angel descends into the bath water and stirs the water. Whoever gets into the water first will be healthy. Jesus sees the sick man lying there and asks him if he wants to get well. The sick man tells Jesus that he has no one to throw him into the bathwater. Jesus says to the man: ‘Get up, pick up your mat and walk’. Immediately the man gets well, picks up his mat and starts walking.

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