Take a look at what happened at the pool of Bethesda.
John 5:2-3 narrates, “Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches.
In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water”.
What do you think? There was no certainty of the number of people who were waiting for healing. They were uncountable. They were all waiting for the angel to stir the water. Not only that, one person would be healed if the person steps in first. What a horrible situation. It implies that a lot of them must have died without healing.
Now look at the irony of the whole story. Jesus came into the scene. What crossed my mind when I read this chapter was that Jesus as a great Healer would have mercy on all of them and heal them. I asked myself, ‘why did Jesus heal one person out of the great multitude?’. The Scripture noted that after Jesus healed him He withdrew from the crowd. Others were left without a solution.
Bethesda means ‘house of mercy’, yet only one person was shown mercy. The only reason Jesus extended his healing power on the man with infirmity was that grace and mercy located him. He was not righteous than the rest. His case was not worst of all. His infirmity lasted for thirty eight years does not mean other people’s cases were lesser. What happened in a nutshell was that the hand of grace pulled him. He was restored and was asked to sin no more. Instead of judgement he got mercy.
Romans 9:14-16, “What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? Certainly not! For He says to Moses, ” I will have mercy on whomever I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whomever I will have compassion”. So then it is not of him who wills, nor of him who runs, but of God who shows mercy.”
I declare upon your life today that the grace and mercy of God will locate you in the mighty name of Jesus Christ. Amen.