Another feast!? Jesus is going to a feast?
I hope I get invited. There’s good food at those feasts.
What do you mean, this story isn’t about the feast? What else could be better than a feast?
Oh. Another miracle, huh? You mean like when Jesus fed all those people?
What do you mean, those weren’t the only miracles Jesus did?
Okay, I’ll listen.
When Jesus was in Jerusalem for a feast he stopped by a pool called Bethesda. A great number of disabled people hung out there. An angel went down at a certain time and stirred up the water and whoever stepped in first after that was healed.
That sounds like a good place to go swimming.
What do you mean dogs probably weren’t allowed in that pool?
I am listening.
One of the people at the pool had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. Jesus saw him lying there and learned he’d been in that condition for a long time and he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
The invalid told Jesus that he had no one to help him into the pool, so when the water was stirred someone always beat him into it.
Jesus said to the man, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.”
The man was immediately made well and he picked up his mat and walked.
I bet that man was so happy he ran out and got some fish. And he had so much he shared it with me.
I am not totally focused on fish. Any kind of food will do.
I am listening, but I just had to throw in that fish part.
The Jews saw the healed man carrying his mat and they gave him what for because it was the Sabbath and it was against the law to carry a mat on the Sabbath.
But it was one of the laws that people had added to God’s laws.
So if people make a law we shouldn’t have to follow it? Like I shouldn’t have to be on a leash?
What do you mean that’s not the same?
Jesus was making a point because so many things had been added to the Sabbath that it was impossible to follow them.
But because Jesus was healing on the Sabbath the Jews persecuted him.
Does that mean Jesus can’t feed everybody on the Sabbath? I’d better hang out with him on the other days of the week.