John 5:2,3 – Inside the city near the Sheep Gate there is a pool called in Aramaic, The House of Loving Kindness….Hundreds of sick people were lying there on the porches—the paralyzed, the blind, and the crippled, all of them waiting for their healing.
This story of the miracle pool of water called Bethesda has been special to me and our church since the first days of revival. It was as if angels descended into our services that August twenty four years ago and began to do unusual miracles. I have heard Bethesda translated as the House of Mercy and the Place of Outpouring. To me it has to be both. We have experienced twenty four years of mercy and outpouring in our church. I actually think the angels have found a home at Victory Church. Th Passion Notes bring out some interesting information about this special place. Check it out.
“Archaeologists have discovered a deep double pool near St. Anne’s Church in Jerusalem surrounded by five porticoes located near the Sheep Gate, confirming the validity of the biblical account. The Sheep Gate is where the sacrificial animals were brought into the temple. This points us to the Lamb of God whose cross and sacrifice brought us healing. There is a pool of mercy near the Sheep Gate.”
It’s not a coincidence that this pool was associated with the sheep. Some say this is where they sheep were washed in preparation to be offered in the temple as a sacrifice. It is in the sacrifice of the Lamb of God that we find our healing. Our healing is totally dependent on Christ. He is the One who helps us into the healing waters. Here again are comments from the Passion Notes.
“Under the shelter of religion, there are the sick and lame and blind who can’t be healed unless they do the work and step into the pool. They are helpless and hopeless so near the Sheep Gate. But Jesus has none of the law’s requirements to put upon us for our healing, only to believe in one who is greater than angels. The man had been sick for thirty-eight years, the exact length of time Israel had wandered in the wilderness.”
So what are you waiting for? Come on, in the water’s fine. Let Jesus take you by the hand into the waters of His presence.