The Old City beckoned us that morning. We had traveled all throughout the land of Israel but this day we would make our way through one of the many gates and walk the cobblestone streets. As we entered in through the Sheep gate we were quickly aware of the Biblical location noted in John Chapter 5. We were standing at the entrance to the Pool of Bethesda.
Please take a minute to read about this account in the first 15 verses of that chapter.
Captured by the grandeur of the place I let my mind drift to image what it would have been like in the days of Jesus. Jews were required to travel to Jerusalem for at least one of the three major feast throughout the year. The streets and gates had to be bustling with people coming to the old city of David to celebrate and offer their required sacrifices. It was the custom that a person could not go to the temple until they had bathed and purified themselves. So many would have entered through the sheep gate then went straight to the pool for cleansing. Not only did you find the travels but as this passage shared, a great multitude of sick people lay by the pools waiting for the pools to stir.
As we read as a group the account in Chapter 5, verse 5 grabbed my attention. “Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years”
Thirty-eight years! Waiting for the water to stir and to be the first in for healing!
Go on and re-read verse 6. “When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time…”
Hold the phone! Jesus knew he had been in that condition a long time. Yes Jesus knows all but think with me a bit.
How often does Luke tell us that Jesus’ parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover? Every year (Luke 2:41)
What age does the Bible tells us Jesus went to the temple and amazed the Scholars? Twelve (Luke 2;42)
Jesus’ earthly ministry began at the age of 30 and He taught for 3 years before His crucifixion.
SO….do you think that maybe Jesus had seen this man lying beside the pool all His life?
Do you think that maybe the whole time this man lay there thinking he was unable and unnoticed that Jesus had him in his sights the whole time?
Waiting for the perfect time to bring HIM glory!
Oh friend, are you sitting beside your own “pool” waiting for a touch of healing? Are you feeling forgotten, overlooked and discouraged? Jesus knows and sees you! You may be feeling like the time for a miracle has long passed by and it will never happen. Jesus sees and already knows. He has a perfect time planned for you and will use you to bring Him glory.
Just keep watching for The Living Water to stir…It will!!!!