From John 5... 1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. 3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 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. 5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, "Do you want to be made well?" 7 The sick man answered Him, "Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me." 8 Jesus said to him, "Rise, take up your bed and walk." 9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. Does anyone notice anything odd about this particular healing? 1. The man does not ask to be healed by Jesus. 2. When asked if he wanted to be made well, he responded as to why it was difficult to get into the pool. He did not understand that Jesus was asking him if he wanted His supernatural healing. 3. The scripture says nothing about the man's faith in the ability of Jesus to heal him. Indeed, the following verses reveal that the sick man didn't even know who it was who healed him. 4. Scripture says, In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. Yet Jesus singled out this particular man and healed him. If there is any clue as to why Jesus chose this one man, it is because he suffered for a long time. But it is clear that Jesus chose him as the object of His mercy. The sick man willed nothing whatsoever in order to be chosen. Was it "unfair" or wrong for Jesus to choose to have mercy on this one individual, and not all of the multitude of others waiting to get into the pool? Was Jesus obligated by His nature to at least offer healing to everyone else at the pool?