Message: John 5:2-8
What Type of Healing Happens at the Pool of Bethesda
John 5:2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having
John 5:3 In these lay a multitude of them that were sick, blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of
John 5:4 for an angel of the Lord went down at certain seasons into the pool, and troubled the water:
whosoever then first after the troubling of the waters stepped in was made whole, with whatsoever disease
he was holden.
John 5:5 And a certain man was there, who had been thirty and eight years in his infirmity.
John 5:6 When Jesus saw him lying, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto
him, Wouldest thou be made whole?
John 5:7 The sick 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.
John 5:8 Jesus saith unto him, Arise, take up thy bed, and walk. (American Standard Version (ASV)
John records the first Three (3) signs that Jesus performed as follows:
1) When they ran out of wine, Jesus turned the water (himself) into wine (Holy Spirit), during the
wedding feast (during our born again experience/confession, which was on the 3rd day, (John 4:46-54
(emphasis 4:50-54). SIGN OF WHAT WOULD HAPPEN AFTER JESUS ASCENSION, AND SENDING BACK
HIS HOLY SPIRIT (WATER TURNED TO WINE) TO BELIEVERS/SAINTS.
2) The nobleman whose son was sick at Capernaum who pleaded with Jesus to come down and heal
his son, who was at the point of death. Jesus had sent the Word the Seventh (7th) hour, and it was the
next day that the Father of the son, realized that the Word Jesus sent forth was accomplished, the boy
was healed at the 7th hour, Jesus told him that His son lives. SIGN OF JESUS SENDING FORTH HIS
WORD AND WE BEING DELIVERED FROM DEATH TO ETERNAL LIFE (INITIAL SALVATION).
3) The man after 38 years in his sickness was healed; he was hanging around at the Pool of
Bethesda. (The place where Jesus third miracle (the instantaneous healing) and sign (prophecy, future
promise to the believer) was about to take place). SIGN WHEN THE TIME CAME AND HE WOULD SEND
FORTH IDS WORD FOR SALVATION, AND WE WOULD ONLY NEED TO REPLY YES "WE WANT TO BE
MADE WHOLE" (CONTINUOUS SALVATION).
4) 5: 1 tells us that it was a feast of the Jews. FEAST in heb. means an assembling, dance, or
pilgrimage. They were religious services accompanied by demonstration of joy and gladness.
v.2-5 Says that in JERUSALEM (place where redemption accomplished. Royal City. The capital of the only
Kingdom of God (1 Kings 14:21) The original name U-ru-sa-lim, a city of Salim "city of peace" the name
actually occurs for the first time in Joshua 10:5). Galatians 4:26 tells us not only where Jerusalem is, but
this is our mother. Than in Revelation 21:2 is the New Jerusalem coming down from Heaven as a bride that
made ready/adorned for her husband (Jesus). That is we have, once born again, given what we need to
walk with the bridegroom. "The tabernacle of God being placed among men-Rev. 21:3.)
by the SHEEP GATE (Heb. 7189 Sha'ar, an opening; i.e., door or gate, the entrance to enclosed
buildings, grounds, or cities. Markets were held at the gates, the main item sold gave the gate it name.)
A POOL (Gr 2861, a place for bathing or swimming. Speaks of restored wilderness (Ps. 107:35, 114:8, Is.
35:7,41:18), which is called in Hebrew BETHESDA (Gr. Kolumbethra, Bethesaida, Beth-Zatha "a swimming
bath" close to sheep gate or market. House of Mercy, Reservoir, "a sheep-pool") having FIVE (5) (# of
grace, revelation, word, promise, spirit, hand (the 5Fold Ministry have been considered the hand of God
or the Jesus without measure), freedom, number of the cross, atonement, life).
PORTICOES/PORCHES (Gr. 4745 an area with roof supported by columns). In lay a MULTITUDE (, rob of
abundance, greatness, huge, be increased, long, more in number, most, plenty.) SICK (He. 2470 Chalah,
Khaw-law, to be rubbed or worn, (figuratively) to be weak, sick, afflicted, to grieve, to make sick. Grk. 769
feebleness (of mind or body; malady, morally, frality), BLIND (He 5186 , to burn, smoke, (metaphorically) of
dulling of the intellect (John 12:40, 2 Cor. 4:4) , a thick skin, a hardening.) LAME (Gr. 5560 Crippled,
disabled in a limb) AND WITHERED (Gr. 3553 to dry up, to waste way, pine) waiting for the MOVTI\IG (Gr.
2795 to set in motion, move, of the general activity of the human being (Acts 17:28), of removing a lamp
stand (figuratively) of causing a local church to be discontinued. To remove oneself, to shake) OF WATER
(Gr 5204 symbolizing the moral and practical cleansing effected by the removal of defilement by our taking
heed to the Word of God in heart, life and habit, to given to drink); an angel of the Lord went down at
certain SEASONS (Gr. 2540 due, an occasion, set or proper time, measure, fitness, proportion, to signify
a season, a time period possessed of certain character tics, frequently rendered "time" or "times", a time
suitable for a purpose.
INTO A POOL OF, and STIRRED (Gr. 4797 to throw into disorder, to perplex (the mind) confound,
confuse, stir up, be in an uproar). UP THE WATER. (a word that came heard from the spirit of the man,
and the soul (mind) making a decision to respond or act on that which it had received, a word, Light, that
removes confusion, darkness to see ahead into the future.
v.5 38 (#3 = number of Godhead, bridge, divine, coordination, perfection, life, spirit. The perfect number
Father, Son & Holy Spirit that come into agreement and the thing is established in heaven and on earth.
#8 = Number of Resurrection & New Beginning, fear of the Lord, Life, Circumcision) years in his
v.6 but than JESUS SAID WHY LIE THERE, (Jesus decided to come and bring salvation to this man, He
saw him and knew how long he had been in this condition, and decided to ask) DO YOU WISH TO GET
v.8 JESUS SAID ARISE (TO ANOTHER POSITION) TAKE UP PALLET/BED) (A covering, a mantel) AND
WALK (TO MAKE ONE’S WAY, MAKE PROGRESS).
v.10 Marks the time of miracles and healings for the believers, is on the Sabbath day (Gr. 4520 the time of
resting from physical labor. Like God on the 7th day of God where we have ceased from our own labor.)
BECAUSE IT IS NOT BY MIGHT NOR BY POWER, BUT BY MY SPIRIT SAITH THE LORD-ZECH. 4:6.
v.ll JESUS MADE HIM WHOLE (Grk. 5199 hugies hoog-ee-ace') healthy; i.e., will in body or soul.
v.I2,I3 The man did not know who healed him, but He knew someone man did it.
v.I4 JESUS FOUND HIM SOMETIME LATER IN THE TEMPLE (place of fellowship & worship. We have a
temple/spirit not made with hands). Jesus told him that he was made whole, not to sin anymore, lest a
worst thing befalls him. (By faith this man believed and did walk (make progress, make one's way). He had
received salvation - He means Yeshu ah (same as Jesus who is our salvation) Grk. 4991 Soteria so-tay-
ree' -ah means to deliver, health, salvation, save, saving, perseverance. God is called "Savior" (Hosea 13:
4). In Old Testament times salvation refers to everyday and regular types of deliverances as from
enemies, disease, danger (1 Sam. 10:24, Ps. 72:4). God's future salvation, involves a new creation, the
remaking and renewing of the old created order (Is. 9:2-7; 11:1-9; 65:17).
Summation and closing
Which tells the back drop, history, location, writer's intention as a servant of the Lord (because the written
word, multiple messages of past, present and future, show us the types and shadows (OT) of things to
THE FEAST that brought together multitudes of the children of Israel to JERUSALEM that is In Christ, or
denoting a Christian Ministry/Church/Fellowship (those that are In Christ). BY THE SHEEP GATE a place
where born again believers can be found (THE SHEEP) and where one can enter into the Gate and
receive one of the following (Ministry Office Gift=-Ephesians 4:11 or Ministry Gifts-1 Corinthians 12:28).
AND THERE WAS A POOL THAT THE ANGELS CAME DOWN AT A CERTAIN TIME/SEASON AND
STIRRED (moved it to action) THE WATER (word) or where Jesus was observing AND HE SENT FORTH
HIS WORD HIMSELF that ask permission from us to perform what it is set out to do.
SALVATION IN THE PAST DELIVERED AND RECEIVED ETERNAL LIFE, PRESENT CONTINUOUS
SALVATION THAT HEALS, DELIVERS AND SETS US FREE TO FIND OUR PURPOSE IN OVERCOMING,
TO ABIDE FOREVER IN ETERNAL LIFE. FUTURE IS TO RECEIVE THE REWARDS AS OVERCOMER'S,
WHEN WE STAND AT THE JUDGMENT SEAT OF CHRIST, AND ABIDE AS THE BRIDE THAT ARE IN THE
Rev 21:2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
made ready as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev. Dr. Lisa Danette Williams, D.Min.CCC