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Healing at the Pool by DouglasRamsey Healing at the Pool by DouglasRamsey
Oil on canvas panel, 16" x 20"

Now there is in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate a pool, in Aramaic called Bethesda, which has five roofed colonnades. In these lay a multitude of invalids—blind, lame, and paralyzed. One man was there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him lying there and knew that he had already been there a long time, he said to him, “Do you want to be healed?”

John 5:2-6

Although this is intended to be a literal depiction of an actual historical event, there is some symbolism present in the image and, I think, in the story itself. The colonnade of sufferers represents the fallen world of pain and misery. The pool represents false, man-made hopes for healing from the crippling effects of sin. This superstitious remedy is intentionally obstructed by Christ, who stands offering genuine healing and access to a glorious, exalted life in heaven, represented by the light and sky behind him.
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Darkstar156 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
Beautifully done good sir :D
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014
Thanks much!
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Darkstar156 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
O'course :D
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Monique552 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013
I love pools but I love Jesus more! :D
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GODFOOTSTEPS Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I really like your art, I hope you like my art ~
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2013
Yes, looks really good and thanks.
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GODFOOTSTEPS Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
You are welcome to watch the newspapers we design!!!!
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Writer4Him Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2013
You have a gift! Keep sharing!
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DouglasRamsey Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
Thanks very much!
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Writer4Him Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2013
You're welcome.
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