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Jesus heals a man at the pool of Bethesda

Jesus heals a lame man on the Sabbath.
Contributed by Arabs for Christ
Story also available on our translated websites: Polish, Hindi
In Jerusalem there was a pool called Bethesda where disabled people gathered. Many were blind, lame or paralysed. – Slide 1
They went to the pool because it was believed that from time to time an angel of the Lord stirred the waters and the first one into the pool would be healed. – Slide 2
On the Sabbath day of rest Jesus went to the pool and saw a man who had been an invalid for 38 years. ‘Do you want to get well?’ Jesus asked. – Slide 3
‘Sir,’ the invalid explained, ‘I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.’ Then Jesus told him, ‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’ – Slide 4
At once the man was cured. He picked up his mat and walked. But when he looked for the man who had healed him, He had slipped away into the crowd. – Slide 5
When the Jewish leaders saw the healed man carrying his mat on the Sabbath day of rest they shouted, ‘The law forbids you to carry your mat on the Sabbath.’ The man explained that the man who had healed him had commanded him to pick up his mat and walk. When they asked who it was who had healed him he explained he did not know. – Slide 6
Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, ‘See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.’ – Slide 7
The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well. – Slide 8
The Jewish leaders hunted Jesus down to attack him for breaking one of their Sabbath day rules. – Slide 9
In His defence Jesus said to them, ‘My Father is always at His work to this very day, and I too am working.’ – Slide 10
That made them furious because not only was He breaking one of their Sabbath rules but by calling God His father He was making himself equal with God. – Slide 11
‘The Son will do far more awesome miracles than this and even raise people from the dead, just as the Father does,’ Jesus explained. ‘God leaves all judgment of sin to His Son. If you refuse to honour God’s Son, whom He sent to you, then you are certainly not honouring God. – Slide 12
‘Whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life. They will not be judged but will cross over from death to life.’ – Slide 13
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