The Long Wait

Bethesda

 

John 5:1-3
New Living Translation (NLT)

Jesus Heals a Lame Man

5 Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. 2 Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. 3 Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches…


Bethesda

Jesus walked into Bethesda
By a pool near the town’s Sheep Gate,
There he met a man with an infirmity,
Who had had a long, thirty-eight year wait,

He was one among the multitude
In a sea of suffering and pain,
Who waited for the heavenly angel
To stir up the pool again,

Each time the angel would come down,
Each time the water swirled about,
The next one in the healing water
Would be well when they finally came out,

“Do you want to be made well?” Jesus asked him,
And the man sadly replied,
“Each time the waters begin to stir”
“Someone beats me in before I can even try”

“Rise, take up your bed and walk”,
Is all that Jesus said,
And the man stood up immediately,
And walked away carrying his bed,

The elders would roar their displeasure
Since the Sabbath is no time to work,
Who is this man who told you to toil
And the rules of the Sabbath to shirk?

I’m sorry to say, I know not his name
But I’ll find out as soon as I can,
One thing I’ll say that I know is the truth,
He is in no way an ordinary man.

©2018 by William Pierce


Father,

All about us lay those who are sick and in firmed. May we be ever-mindful of our calling the spread the healing news of Jesus’ death and resurrection.

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