“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?”-John 5:5,6
In the second Passover Feast Christ celebrated during his ministry, he met a man by the pool of Bethesda who had been lame in his feet for thirty-eight years. According to the account in John chapter 5 anyone who stepped into the water first when it was moved by an angel was made whole of whatever disease he had. But since there were so many people who were afflicted with various ailments and disabilities, it was only those who were strong enough to jump into the pool or those who had people to help them that got in first to be healed. That was why the man had remained there for thirty-eight years. But God Almighty had been taking account of him and that was why Jesus Christ went to him and asked him whether he would like to be made whole. On hearing his reply, Christ told him: “Rise, take up thy bed and walk”. The man did as he was commanded.
Though, the lame had no one to assist him, God sent His only begotten Son to his aid at a time he never expected. He did not have to jump into the water to be healed but got instant healing by the command of Christ. Herein again, we see the benefit of patience, faith and obedience in the service if God. - Isaiah 25:4; Luke 21:19.