[From Dolan Springs, Arizona]
Jesus left the Galilee area and went up to Jerusalem during “a feast.” The passage does not say which feast (in 2:13 he came to Jerusalem for the Passover), but it was likely one of the three feasts all Jewish males were commanded to attended in Deuteronomy 16:16 (see chart below).
Jesus went to the Pool of Bethesda. The text doesn’t say why. At this pool lay “a great multitude” of people who believed the waters had some kind of healing powers which took effect when an angel stirred the water. Jesus does not try to correct their belief (superstition). He came to preach to the lost sheep of Israel (Matthew 15:24), not to change culture.
He found a “certain man.” The word used for “certain” just means, “any.” But apparently Jesus picked him out of the multitude because he had been there so long (5:6).
Jesus knows the state of our own lives. He knows how long we have suffered or endured hardships. He knows our circumstances and our thoughts (Luke 5:22; John 2:25; John 6:64; John 13:11).
He heals the man.
Now Jesus makes His point,
“For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does;
And He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.
What is the greater work? It is the true miracle offered at the pool of Bethesda.
How does one obtain this “everlasting life”?
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.”