1 Sometime later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish
festivals. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool,
which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five
covered colonnades. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to
lie -the blind, the lame, the paralyzed 4 and they waited for the moving
of the waters. From time to time an angel of the Lord would come
down and stir up the waters. The first one into the pool after each
disturbance would be cured of whatever disease they had. 5 One who
was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.
6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this
condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”
7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool
when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else
goes down ahead of me.”
12 The man said, “The woman you put here with me - she gave me
some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”
13 Then the LORD God said to the woman, “What is this you have
done?” The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”
1. Move from Blame to Remedy.
2. Move from Blame to Responsibility.
JOHN 5:8 -9
8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat
and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up
his mat and walked.