Helper to the Helpless

Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.  In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water.  For an angel went down at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had.  And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years.  When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?  The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.  Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.

John 5:2-8

This is one of my favorite stories about Jesus in the Bible.  We know that He is “a helper to the helpless” and this story really drives that home.  There was a pool at Bethesda in which an angel would stir up the water.  The first person into the water after that would be healed of whatever disease they had.  This man had been crippled for 38 years.  He was there hoping to get into the pool to be healed, but he had nobody to help him into the water.  When the water was troubled, he could not get himself into it and he had no one to help him.  He was, both literally and figuratively, helpless.  But then he met Jesus.

Jesus recognized his condition and stopped to help him.  He healed him on the spot.  There would be no more waiting and hoping for this man.  He had met the helper of the helpless.

We were dead in trespasses and sins.  We were spiritually helpless.  And Jesus came for us, just as He came for this man.  We should be thankful every day that we know the Helper of the helpless.  What a wonderful Saviour!

4 responses to this post.

  1. This is a good word Ben. One I definitely needed today. Thanks.


  2. I love this story too, Ben! It helps me to look at how long others waited to be helped. 🙂 God bless you!


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