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The dragon will do anything he can to influence people to put their hope in anything or anyone except Yahweh. (James 1:13-15) But we know the truth: the only way in heaven and earth to reconcile with Yahweh and enter into His kingdom is through His Son and Messiah, Jesus Christ. (John 14:6)
At the Bethesda Pool, or “house of mercy,” sick people congregated regularly around a hope for miraculous healing by the mysterious powers of random visiting angels. (John 5:3-4) The angel with the sick people lying down illustrates the local people’s idolatry, and the angel points toward Jesus illustrating the role of angels to glorify the Son and guide people towards faith in Him.
Jesus stands inside an overflowing fountain and the Holy Spirit (dove & fire) is upon Him illustrating our Lord as the River of Life, an overflowing fountain of healing, deliverance, and salvation. (John 4:14) The man whom Jesus healed, who had been sick for 38 years, points to Jesus illustrating his public testimony of this divine sign. The man holds his mat illustrating the controversy that Jesus worked miracles on the Jewish Sabbath day. The dragon is roaring behind two Jewish leaders illustrating his wicked influence of Yahweh’s people to begin persecuting and planning to destroy His prophesied Messiah.
Father Yahweh is in heaven on His throne next to His Son Jesus and His Holy Spirit and surrounded by seraphim, cherubim, and heavenly elders all worshipping and glorifying our Trinitarian God illustrating the biggest controversy of all: Jesus called Yahweh His “Father” and claimed to be equal with the Creator! The cherubim’s focus face is an eagle illustrating Yahweh’s desire for everyone in this story to see clearly the spiritual reality that Jesus was more than a Nazarene carpenter: He is the Word of God.
Bethesda Pool Healing story sketches
Sketch #1: Angel over water – This sketch is the story logo. This sketch illustrates how many sick people hoped for healing from water touched by visiting angels.
Sketch #2: Glowing water – This sketch illustrates the first part of the story where Jesus visits the Bethesda Pool on a Sabbath day to heal the sick.
Sketch #3: Healed man – This sketch illustrates the second part of the story where Jesus miraculously heals the man, and he reports this sign to the Jewish authorities.
Sketch #4: Jesus & Yahweh – This sketch illustrates the third part of the story where the Jews begin strategizing how to kill Jesus, because He called Yahweh His “Father.”
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