4. The Need of the Impotent -- Life's Enlivening
a. The Inadequacy of Religion's Law-keeping
and the Sufficiency of the Son's Life-giving
1 After these things there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the 1asheepgate a pool, which is called in Hebrew 2Bethesda, having 3five porticoes.
3 1In these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and withered, 2waiting for the moving of the water.
4 For an 1angel went down from time to time in the pool and 2stirred up the water; the first then to step in after the stirring up of the water was made 3well of whatever disease he was being held by.
5 And a certain 1man was there, who had been thirty-eight years in his sickness.
6 When Jesus saw this one lying there and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, 1He said to him, Do you want to get well?
7 The sick man answered Him, 1Sir, 2I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.
8 Jesus said to him, aRise, take up your 1mat and walk.
9 And immediately the man 1became well, and he 2took up his mat and walked. Now it was the aSabbath on that day;