In John chapter 5 Jesus is at the famous pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem. People with a range of sicknesses would gather at the Bethesda pool in the belief that the water contained healing properties.
Out of all the sick people, Jesus approaches one man. This man has been an invalid for 38 years and Jesus asks him what should be a straightforward question.
‘Do you want to get well?’
Jesus commands this lame man to get up, take his mattress and walk… and he does! Just by speaking Jesus provides the physical healing this man so desperately needed. But what did the healing mean?
Jesus chooses a single man to demonstrate a single truth – that He really is the Son of God, the Messiah.