You know I agree, we see so much of the worst of people in this world crisis. I think it’s what we are being fed so much of it right now. It’s easy to be like the man waiting beside the pool, unhappy because no one would lift him to the water…and then Jesus…
It’s opportunity for us as believers to be different. When I was at the store last week, people were patient in very long lines, making jokes, and shopping for neighbors. We’ll have to avert our eyes from so much of the appalling and look for ways of doing good. An attitude of peace and generosity goes such a long way. I hear online churches are receiving worldwide views! God will use this time to draw people to Himself.
Just like the man beside the pool this week, it may take more than one encounter with Jesus to move a person into fellowship.
I was thinking of @Tim_Ramey 's comment on his trip to Israel and the stirring of the water. Tim, I understand they have uncovered this pool in Bethesda and you can see it today. Did you go there?
There was a belief that an angel occasionally stirred the water giving it a miracle healing effect. I don’t know if this because there was a spring underneath that gave it some type of movement. My Amplified Bible (which I love!) says this:
Later on there was a Jewish feast (festival), and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Now in Jerusalem, near the Sheep Gate, there is a [a]pool, which is called in Hebrew (Jewish Aramaic) Bethesda, having five porticoes (alcoves, colonnades). In these porticoes lay a great number of people who were sick, blind, lame, withered, [b][waiting for the stirring of the water; 4 for an angel of the Lord went down into the pool at appointed seasons and stirred up the water; the first one to go in after the water was stirred was healed of his disease.] 5 There was a certain man there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. John 5:1-5
As Tim mentioned, it does note that vs 3 and 4 are not in the earliest manuscripts.
I think Jesus was giving the man at the pool an opportunity to “pray”. To state aloud what he wanted to the One Who has power. Jesus has this similar exchange with the blind man in Mark 10:51.