Doing His Father’s Work on Earth


The pool at Bethesda

On a Jewish feast day, the Savior went to the pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem. People believed 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 38 years. The man explained that he could not get into the water by himself. John 5:5–7

Jesus healed the man on the Sabbath

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 persecuted Jesus

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

Jesus 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