Christ Healing the Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda
Murillo 1670, National Gallery, London (Yandex)
Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralysed, waiting for the moving of the water. For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had (John 5:2-4; NLT).
Saint Raphael, Please hear my prayer,
And carry it to God,
Asking him to heal my life,
And spare me from his rod.
Saint Raphael, Please stir the pool,
And help me to step in;
Then I will be forgiven,
And my mind set free from sin.
Please hear my prayer,
And carry it above,
Asking God to mend my heart
With his unfailing love.
Please stir the water;
Help me in, to bathe,
For then I will be whole again,
And my poor soul be saved.
He will save the souls of the needy
(Psalm 72:13; NHEB).
1. Trust in God,
For he is perfect,
And his mercy
2. Trust in God,
Who sent his perfect Son
To teach us,
3. Trust in God,
Whose perfect Spirit
Comes to free us
From all sin.
4. Trust in God,
For he is perfect.
And our task? To grow like him.
1. Trust in God and trust also in me (John 14:1; NLT).
Your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).
His mercy is very great (1 Chronicles 21:13; NLT).
2. God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16; NLT).
You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am (John 13:13; RSV).
When the fulness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law (Galatians 4:5; NKJV).
By the power of the eternal Spirit, Christ offered himself to God as a perfect sacrifice for our sins (Hebrews 9:14; NLT).
3. There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ Jesus. And because you belong to him, the power of the life-giving Spirit has freed you from the power of sin that leads to death (Romans 8:1-2; NLT).
4. Your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).
Put on your new nature, created to be like God – truly righteous and holy (Ephesians 4:24; NLT).
You are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect (Matthew 5:48; NLT).