On a side note, notice the Pharisees reaction. 1). They aren’t concerned with the man finally being able to get up and walk, only that he is breaking the sabbath by carrying the mat that he’d been laying in for 38 years, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.” 2). They had not helped the man in 38 years. They were perfectly comfortable with him laying their, helpless and suffering. Their discomfort and issues came when he got up and was healed. They got upset when Jesus helped the man do something about his situation. When he took action to help himself. Just like there are plenty of people in our lives who are perfectly comfortable when others are stuck in their ruts, who get uncomfortable when we begin making progress in our lives. Just like we are sometimes comfortable being stuck in our own situations.
“Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for one of the Jewish festivals. Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades. Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.
One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?” “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath, and so the Jewish leaders said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat.” But he replied, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat and walk.’ ” So they asked him, “Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?” The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there. Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you.” The man went away and told the Jewish leaders that it was Jesus who had made him well.”
John 5:1-3, 5-15 NIV