There was a pool of Bethesda in the city of Jerusalem.
Crowds of sick people - blind,lame, or paralyzed - were there near the pool.
One of the men lying there had been sick for 38 years.
When Jesus saw him, and knew how long he had been ill,
he asked him,
"Would you lke to get well?"
"I can't, sir.
I have no one who can help me into the pool
when the water is stirred up.
Someone else always gets in ahead of me."
the sick man said to Jesus.
"Stand up, pick up your sleeping mat, and walk!"
Jesus told him.
Instantly, the man was healed.
Jesus also told him,
"Now you are well, so stop sinning, or
something even worse may happen to you."