In Jerusalem, there’s a pool called Bethesda, next to the Sheep Gate – it has 5 roofed porches. In these areas lots of people with all kinds of disabilities and diseases lay – people who were blind, lame, paralysed.
One man there had been disabled for 38 years, unable to move himself.
Jesus asked him – do you want to be healed? The man said – 'Sir I have no one to move me into the pool when it is stirred up – while I am trying to get down the steps, others always get in there before me – I’ll never be first in.'
Jesus simply said, 'Get up, take your bed, and walk. In that moment, the man was healed, took up his bed and walked.'
This happened on the Sabbath day. And some of the Jews had made many extra laws about things you couldn’t do on the Sabbath. So they said – it’s the Sabbath – you can’t carry your bed on the Sabbath!
But the man told them, 'the man who healed me told me to pick up my bed and walk'
Who told you that? they asked. But the man didn’t know, since Jesus had disappeared into the crowd.
Later Jesus saw him in the temple and said, 'See! You’re well! No go and sin no more so that nothing worse may happen to you.'
So the man went and told the Jews that it was Jesus who healed him – and this was exactly why the Jews were persecuting Jesus – because he was doing these things on the Sabbath.
When they challenged him, Jesus’ answer was simply this: ‘My Father is always working – and so am I’
This meant the Jews were trying even harder to kill him, because 1. He was breaking the Sabbath according to their view, and 2. He was calling God his Father, making himself equal with God.