The Gospel According to John

Chapter 5


The Healing at the Pool of Bethesda
1 After this, there was a Jewish festival, and Jesus went to Jerusalem. 2 In Jerusalem, at the Sheep Gate, there is a pool called Bethesda, with five porches. 3 Within these there lay a great number of sick folk - blind, lame, and paralyzed- who were waiting for the water to be stirred. 4 For an angel came down at times and put the water in motion, and whoever stepped into the water first after it had been stirred up was made well, no matter what sickness he had.

5 There was a man there who had been ill for thirty-eight years. 6 When Jesus saw him lying there, knowing that he had been sick for a long time, He said to him, "Would you like to get well?" 7 "Sir," the sick man answered Him, "I have no one who can put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, so when I come another steps in right ahead of me." 8 Jesus said to him, "Get up, take your bed and walk." 9 And immediately the man became well. He took up his bed and walked. But that day was the sabbath.

10 "It is the sabbath," said the Jews to the man who had been healed, "and it is not lawful for you to take up your bed." 11 He answered them, "The man who made me well said to me,'Take up your bed and walk.'" 12 "Who is this fellow," they asked him, "who said to you,'Take up your bed and walk'?" 13 But the man who had been healed did not know who He was, for, due to the crowd in that place, Jesus had slipped away.

14 Afterwards Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, "Now that you have been made well, sin no more, else something worse may happen to you." 15 The man went his way and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.

The Sabbath Question
16 Because of this, the Jews persecuted Jesus. Yes, because He did these things on the sabbath, they sought to kill Him. 17 But Jesus answered them, "My Father has been working until now, and I also work." 18 The Jews therefore wanted all the more to kill Him, for He had not only broken the sabbath but had also called God His own Father, thereby making Himself equal to God.

Jesus Justifies Himself
19 Then Jesus answered them, saying, "The Son cannot do anything by Himself, unless He sees the Father doing it. Whatever the Father does, the Son does in the same way. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything He does. And He will show Him still greater works than these, to make you wonder. 21 Even as the Father awakens the dead and makes them live, so also the Son gives life to whom He wills. 22 Nor does the Father pass judgment on anyone, for He has given all judgment to the Son, 23 so that all shall honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who honors not the Son honors not the Father who has sent Him.

24 "I tell you a most solemn truth - anyone who hears My Word and believes Him who sent Me, has everlasting life. And he will not be judged, for he has already come out of death into life.

The Two Resurrections
25 "Yes, I assure you, the time is coming - and is now at hand - when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear shall live. 26 For as the Father has life in Himself so, too, He has given the Son to have life in Himself. 27 And He has given Him full authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man. 28 Don't be amazed at this. For the time is coming when everyone in the graves will hear His voice. 29 And they will come out. Those who have done good will rise again to live, but those who have done evil will rise again to be judged.

Jesus' Testimony to John and to Himself
30 "Of Myself I can do nothing. As I hear, so I judge. But my judgment is righteous, for I seek not My own will, but the will of the Father who sent Me. 31 If I bear witness about Myself, My testimony is not valid. 32 But I have another Witness, and I know that the testimony He gives about Me is valid.

33 "You sent to John and he told you the truth. 34 No, I am not taking the testimony of a man. I am saying this so that you may be saved. 35 He was the burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for an hour in his light. 36 But I rely on weightier testimony than John's. In the works My Father gave Me to carry through - the very works I am doing - there is sufficient testimony that the Father has sent Me. 37 The Father who sent Me has Himself borne witness to Me. You, however, have never heard His voice, 38 nor have you seen His form. And you have not kept His word in your heart, for you do not believe the One whom He sent.

39 "You search the Scriptures, for you think that in them you have everlasting life, and they are the very writings that testify about Me. 40 Yet you will not come to Me in order to have life. 41 I do not seek honor among men, 42 but I know you, that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. 43 For I have come in the name of My Father, and yet you do not welcome Me. If another comes in his own name, you will welcome him. 44 How can you believe, you who take honor from one another, but do not seek the honor that is from the only God?

45 "Do not think that I shall accuse you before the Father. There is one who does accuse you, however. It is Moses, the very one in whom you put your trust. 46 If you really believed Moses, you would also believe Me, since he wrote about Me. 47 But if you do not believe his writings, how are you ever going to believe My Words?"


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