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The Healing at Bethesda (Sign 3) | FOUNDRYsermon 7.9.17

The Healing at Bethesda (Sign 3) | FOUNDRYsermon 7.9.17

Have you ever been picked last? You don’t have to answer that out loud…because we all have. Getting picked last is one of the most frightening parts of childhood and it doesn’t change in adulthood. What about the time your friend asked you to attend something in support and you realized you were sticking out because you weren’t part of the culture of the event? Imagine being the fat guy at an Ironman! Today’s sign is the story of someone who had been picked last in life. And what happened when he met Jesus. Afterward Jesus returned to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish holy days. 2 Inside the city, near the Sheep Gate, was the pool of Bethesda, with five covered porches. 3 Crowds of sick people—blind, lame, or paralyzed—lay on the porches.5 One of the men lying there had been sick for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him and knew he had been ill for a long time, he asked him, “Would you like to get well?” 7 “I can’t, sir,” the sick man said, “for I have no one to put me into the pool