5.13 On Sabbath, He Healed An Invalid of Thirty Eight Years

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Feb 26 5.13 Later, Jesus visited Jerusalem for a Jewish feast. Near the sheep gate is the Bethesda pool having five porches, there  many sick lay. The blind, the lame and the deformed lay waiting for the moving of the water. Jesus saw and learnt about one, who had been invalid for thirty-eight years, and asked him, “Do you want healing?” He replied, “Sir, I have nobody to help me into the pool, when it is stirred, (supposedly by an angel who heals only the first entrant) someone always enters before me.”

Jesus said, “Rise! Take your mat and walk!1 Instantly the man was cured, and he walked, carrying his mat. religious populace reminded him, “Its the Sabbath, the law forbids you to carry your mat.” He replied, “The man who healed me said, Take your mat and walk.” They  asked, “Who said that?” But he didnt know, for Jesus had withdrawn from the crowd there.

Feb 27 Later Jesus found him in the temple and said,” See, you are healed, stop sinning or something worse may befall you.” The man left and told the religious populace that it was Jesus who healed him. So the religious populace persecuted Jesus because he did this on the Sabbath. He replied, “My Father works till now and I work.2 This made the religious populace more desirous of killing him; he not only broke the Sabbath but also called God his own Father, making himself equal3 with God.