Later on Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now at the Sheep Pool in Jerusalem there is a place with five colonnades. Its name in the language of the Jews is Bethesda. In these colonnades there lay a crowd of sick people, blind, lame, and paralysed.
Among them was a man who had been crippled for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and was aware he had been ill a very long time, he asked him, “Do you want to recover?”
“Sir, he replied, “I have no one to put me in the pool when the water is disturbed, but while I am moving, someone else is in the pool before me.”
Jesus answered, “Rise to your feet; take up your bed and walk.”
The man recovered instantly, took up his bed and began to walk.
That day was a Sabbath. So the Judeans said to the man who had been cured, “It is the Sabbath. You are not allowed to carry your bed on the Sabbath.”
He answered, “The man who cured me said, ‘Take up your bed and walk.'”
They asked him, “Who is the man who told you to take up your bed and walk?”
But the cripple who had been cured did not know; for the place was crowded and Jesus had slipped away. A little later Jesus found him in the Temple and said to him, “Now that you are well again, leave your sinful ways, or you may suffer something worse.” The man went away and told the Judeans that it was Jesus who had cured him.