Unit 22, Session 3: Jesus Healed a Man Who Was Lame
Located in the city of Jerusalem, the pool of Bethesda was a place many believed to possess healing powers. People who were sick or disabled went to the pool in hopes of being made whole. They believed an angel would stir up the waters, and the first person to get in would be healed. (Some translations include this detail in verse 4; but since the earliest and most accurate manuscripts do not include the detail, most contemporary translations omit it as well.)
Jesus sought out a man at the pool of Bethesda who had been disabled for 38 years. Jesus asked the man, “Do you want to get well?” The man, not recognizing who was talking to him (see John 5:13), explained his inability to get to the pool in time. Filled with compassion, Jesus commanded this man: “Get up, pick up your mat, and walk.” After decades of helplessness, the man was instantly healed. He picked up his mat and walked.
At this time, Jesus slipped away through the crowd. So when the Jewish leaders approached the man, asking questions about the healing and accusing the man of breaking the law by picking up his mat on the Sabbath, the man could not even identify who healed him. Yet Jesus sought out the man a second time. Jesus found the man in the temple and warned him, “Do not sin anymore, so that something worse doesn’t happen to you.”
Jesus cared about the man’s body; He had healed it. But Jesus also cared about the man’s soul. As you teach kids, emphasize that the man at the pool was unable to help himself. Jesus healed him, and he obeyed Jesus’ commands. In a similar way, we are unable to free ourselves from sin. Jesus calls us to trust in Him. When we trust in Jesus, He frees us from the power of sin and death so we can follow Him and obey Him.
Jesus Healed a Man Who Was Lame
The man at the pool was unable to help himself. Jesus healed him, and he obeyed Jesus’ commands. In a similar way, we are unable to free ourselves from sin. Jesus calls us to trust in Him. When we trust in Jesus, He frees us from the power of sin and death so we can follow Him and obey Him.
Family Discussion Questions
- Why was it OK for Jesus to heal on the Sabbath?
- Why is being dead in sin worse than physical sickness?
- How can God be our adopted Father?
- How do you think the man felt after Jesus healed him?
- Share about a time someone showed compassion to you.
- Why can we have hope when we trust in Jesus?
Count the Tosses
In that game, you were so focused on counting the times I tossed the ball, you missed how many fingers I was holding up. In our story today, we will learn
about a time religious leaders focused so hard on a small detail of their religious laws, they missed something important Jesus was doing.
your feet hit the ground.
•Count to 15 million.
•Rub your belly, pat your head, and clap your hands
all at once.
•Balance on one foot for a whole day.
•Throw a rock 500 yards.
You're never too young to serve Jesus!
Think as a family about someone who you may know who works in the medical feild. Write them a letter, send them a text, or call them and ask how you can pray for them.