After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had. And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole...? Scripture Reading: John 5:1-9 (KJV)

What is written in the scripture above occurred at the pool called Bethesda near the Sheep’s Gate in Jerusalem. Multitudes of people with different kinds of sicknesses and diseases lay by the pool waiting for an angel of the Lord to stir the water. Whoever was the first to jump into the pool when the waters were stirred would be healed immediately, irrespective of the type of sickness they had. The stirring suddenly gave the waters supernatural powers to heal all kinds of sicknesses. We learn that amongst the multitudes present by the pool was a man who had suffered from infirmity for thirty eight years. When Jesus saw the man, He asked him if he wanted to be well. The man responded that he had no one to help him into the pool when the water was stirred. Jesus then commanded him to take up his mat and walk. The man did not hesitate or ask questions; he obeyed Jesus. After thirty eight years of being in one position, the man instantly walked.

Bethesda means the House of Mercy. This means that the multitude of people who lay by the pool of Bethesda were in need of God’s mercy. Moreover, they lay there because they had faith that they would be healed. Like the man who had been an invalid for many years, maybe you have been suffering a similar condition, stuck in one position for a long time that you have even lost hope. Maybe you attended different church services hoping your condition would change but nothing happened. You watched other people get blessed, healed and promoted, but it does not look like your chance would come. I want to assure you that the Lord knows your life and the problems you have. The Bible says God knows your sitting down and rising up (Psalm 139:2). He knows how long you have been struggling with that problem and today is your turn to receive your miracle. Jesus wants you to also have the Bethesda experience. You just have to jump into the pool of Bethesda by faith.

I believe the people at the pool would imagine themselves having been changed and completely healed first before it happened. You also need to receive change in your life by faith before it happens. It does not matter how severe your condition is, the Lord wants to personally address it. He wants to address areas of your life that are dead, paralysed or lame. Jesus posed a question to the man by the pool if he wanted to get well. Likewise, Jesus is asking you today if you want to be made well in all areas of your life. Do you want healing for yourself and your loved ones? Do you want healing in your finances? Do you want healing in your marriage? Do you want restoration for your family? Then jump into the pool of Bethesda by faith and receive your miracle. Do not doubt the Lord if you want to experience His supernatural power.

The Bible says the man always sat by the pool of Bethesda because he had no one to help him with his situationn. However, Jesus appeared and instructed him to pick up his mat and walk. Jesus is the Helper the man had been waiting for years. Perhaps you are facing a condition that you have even given up on. You tried everything to no avail. I want to assure you today that Jesus is the Helper who will bring hope in that hopeless situation. He is able to reach all the faraway places where your things are held up and release them. The man we read about was sitting by the pool expecting his healing to come by jumping into the pool when the water was stirred. However, Jesus had a different solution for him. The man was healed just by receiving the command to “take up the mat and walk”. Maybe you are expecting your breakthrough by being prayed for by a servant of God. However the Lord is planning to change your life the Bethesda way. Your miracle, your blessing and your breakthrough are available through this Word. Just take up your mat and walk!

Child of God, what is written in the Bible is written for your benefit. Thus, you need to believe every Word and obey in order to receive from the Lord. You need to believe the Lord for change in your life and nothing shall be impossible for you. That problem that has been in your life for many years shall be resolved in an instant. You do not have to wait for an angel to come down and stir the water, Jesus completed the work at the cross and the pool is already stirred. You just need to exercise your faith to receive your miracle. Pick up your mat and walk by faith today in Jesus Name! Amen.