Posted by: Brad Beaman | April 11, 2010

Pool of Bethesda

Pool of Bethesda- Bethesda means house of mercy. This Pool was believed to have healing properties and is the scene of Jesus healing a man paralized for 38 years.  (John Chapter 5:1-15)

John 5:1-15 (NIV) 

 1Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews. 2Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. 3Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. 5One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6When 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.” 8Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
      The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, 10and so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.” 11But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ” 12So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?” 13The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there. 14Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” 15The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. 

Bethesda is located on the North side of Jerusalem at the Sheep Gate.

The pools were discovered during excavation near St Anne’s church. This church was built by the crusaders at the believed site of the childhood home of Mary the mother of Jesus. The church was used for a time as a Muslim school. It was restored 100 years ago. It is known for its outstanding acoustics.  

Video of singing and the demonstration of the acoustics of St Annes Church.

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