Jesus heals a Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda.
The Pool of Bethesda painting by Robert Bateman (1877) Image Source: Wikimedia Commons

Introduction

There is a story in the Gospel of John 5:1-15 that proved problematic for Liberals who don’t believe in the Bible. They maintained the Pool of Bethesda did not exist, discrediting St. John’s writings. However, in the 19th Century, the archeologists discovered this controversial structure exactly where John said it was. This actually silenced the liberal critics.

Now that discovery doesn’t prove the miracle associated with the place actually happened but it proves the historical credibility of John’s account. It makes this passage worth our attention. So tonight I want to highlight four truths I learned myself.