John was purposeful in the accounts he included in his gospel. His intention in this passage is to show that Jesus was opposed to the legalism of the religious leaders and that He, as God incarnate, was the only source of healing and restoration. The story of the lame man sitting by the pool of Bethesda offers a clear picture of change: who can change, how they change, and what makes it possible.

Scripture References: John 5:1-18


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Todd Wagner

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In 1999, a group of friends and I desired to be the same awe-inspiring community that we saw in the Scriptures and to connect God's people with opportunities to know... Read more