Healing at Bethesda

Directions: Underline the words in the story as you find them, unscramble them and write them in the boxes below. Jesus went up to Jerusalem to observe a feast of the Jews. He was at a pool by the Sheep Gate. The Hebrew name for the pool was Bethesda and there were five porches around the pool. Some writings say that at certain times an angel would come down and stir up the water. Then the first person to get into the pool after the water was stirred, would be healed of whatever disease or infirmity the person had. So people would wait there by the pool for the stirring of the water. Some were blind, some were lame, and some were paralyzed, not able to move. One of the people at the pool that day was a man who had not been able to walk for thirty-eight years. Jesus saw him there and knew of his condition. He asked the man if he wanted to be made well. Of course, the man wanted to be well, but he said that he didn't have anyone to help him into the pool. When the water was stirred, someone would get down into the pool before he had a chance to get there. Jesus told him to get up, take up his bed that he was lying on, and to walk. Immediately the man was made well and did as Jesus commanded him. He picked up his bed and he walked! Jesus walked away into the crowd of people before the man had a chance to even thank him. The rulers said, "It's the Sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your bed!" He told them that the man who had healed him told him to carry his bed. The rulers asked him who had healed him, but the man didn't know because Jesus had gone away into the crowd before he could talk to him. Later Jesus saw him in the temple and told him that now he was well and that he should stop sinning or something worse would come upon him.