Doing His Father’s Work on Earth


Chapter 27
Pool of Bethesda

On a Jewish feast day, the Savior went to the pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem. People believed that the waters of the pool could cure them of disease or other physical problems. John 5:1–4

A crippled man

Near the pool, Jesus saw a man who had been crippled for thirty-eight years. The man explained that he could not get into the water by himself. John 5:5–7

Jesus told the man to rise

Even though it was the Sabbath, Jesus told the man, “Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.” The man was immediately healed and walked away. John 5:8–9

Jews thought it was wrong to heal on the Sabbath

The Jews claimed that it was unlawful to perform miracles on the Sabbath, and they persecuted Jesus. John 5:10–16

Jesus said he was doing the work of His Father

Jesus answered that He was doing the work of His Father. John 5:17

[illustrations] Illustrated by Paul Mann