Tag: Paralytic

Sermon Notes: Healing a Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda

The Pool of Bethesda painting by Robert Bateman (1877)


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, archeologists discovered this controversial structure exactly where John said it was. The discovery 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. [Image Credit: Yale Center for British Art, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons]

Sermon: Lessons from the Paralytic of Capernaum

Grayscale photo of a wheelchair in a room.


Paralytics were very common in biblical times. Medical support was not available for such disabled people and their only hope was divine intervention. This passage tells about a paralytic and the story deals with three principles for having an encounter with God.

Sermon Notes: Jesus heals a Paralytic at Capernaum

A blue and white wheelchair beside a picnic basket with food and drinks on the beach.


The news was out: help was available for the sick! But a certain paralytic had no way to get to it. Physically disabled people like him were not only immobile but usually poor. Useless to society and lacking help from the government, they invariably lived as social outcasts.

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