There was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.Now there is in Jerusalem at the Sheep Gate
a pool called in Hebrew Bethesda, with five porticoes. In these lay a large number of ill, blind, lame, and crippled .One man was there who had been ill for thirty-eight years.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?”The sick man answered him,“Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up;while I am on my way, someone else gets down there before me.”Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your mat, and walk.”Immediately the man became well, took up his mat, and walked. Now that day was a sabbath. So the Jews said to the man who was cured,“It is the sabbath, and it is not lawful for you to carry your mat.”He answered them, “The man who made me well told me,‘Take up your mat and walk.’“They asked him,“Who is the man who told you, ‘Take it up and walk’?”
Isn't it amazing how the Pharisees remind you of those politically correct people that run around today telling us what is and what isn't the correct way to do things. They focus on the wrong thing. Jesus is offering the world a cure for its ills and forgiveness of sins and there are people who want to know everything there is that is insignificant about him. The world of the ancient time that St. Paul preached to is very similar to the modern world full of skeptics and pagans. The only difference is that the ancients attempted to worship, we today worship material goods.