Jesus heals a paralytic by Bethsada

What we're talking about

In John 5 we read the story of Jesus healing a paralytic man by a pool called Bethesda. This man had been paralyzed for 38 years and when Jesus asked him if he wanted to be made well the man responded with excuses for why he couldn't be healed. Jesus healed him anyway. There’s not a single person who doesn’t have some problem in his or her life. Maybe they haven’t asked God for help because they think He doesn’t really care or because He’s too distant or because He doesn’t have time for them or one of a million other reasons. Maybe they haven’t asked other for help because they don’t think they care or because they’re too busy or because they’ve asked before and others haven’t helped at all.


We all find ourselves at times in the place of the paralyzed man, in need of help, but afraid to ask for it. But just like the story of the paralyzed man, God listens to us even when we feel hopeless.

Questions for Conversation

  • What did the paralyzed man focus on when Jesus asked him if he wanted to be healed?
  • What are the excuses we give for not wanting to improve a situation?
  • What's one area in your life you would like to improve with God's help?