Bethesda means “house of grace”, but there hasn’t been much grace to be found in this place for this man who has been waiting for 38 years to jump into the magic waters where he will be healed of his disability (and finally employable.) What parallels do you see between his situation and our current “labor pool”? We often see thousands of desperate people lining up to apply for a few jobs. Only the lucky few get the grace. How does Jesus’ action challenge the system?
Once the man is healed, he is stopped by the Sabbath police and ticketed for working! What mindset is at the heart of the actions of the Jewish leaders? Where do you see similar mindsets today?
Jesus says that God is at work all the time. What do you think God’s work is in relationship to employment?