This time I’m first :-).
The first line that struck me was …
When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had been ill for a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be well?”
… this might seem like a strange question for Jesus to ask but I think I understand it. Sometimes change, even for the better, is scary and it can be easier to have things remain the same, even when they are bad … the badness you know may be preferable to the goodness you don’t.
Jesus found him in the temple area and said to him, “Look, you are well; do not sin any more, so that nothing worse may happen to you.”
… ok, this creeps me out a little. Is Jesus saying that the guy was crippled because he had sinned, that if one sins, bad things will happen to them? I thought God caused the sun to rise on both good and bad alike, so to speak.
Therefore, the Jews began to persecute Jesus because he did this on a sabbath.
… Jesus here seems to be saying (through actions) that the Sabbath was made for men, not the other way around … the spirit of the law trumps the letter.