The need of the impotent — life's enlivening
The inadequacy of religion's law-keeping and the sufficiency of the Son's life-giving
After these things there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.
Now there is in Jerusalem near the 1asheepgate
a pool, which is called in Hebrew 2Bethesda
, having 3five
these lay a multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, and
for the moving of the water.
For an 1angel
went down from time to time in the pool and 2stirred
up the water; the first then to step in after the stirring up of the water was made 3well
of whatever disease he was being held by.
And a certain 1man
was there, who had been thirty-eight years in his sickness.
When Jesus saw this one lying there
and knew that he had already been a long time in that condition, 1He
said to him, Do you want to get well?
The sick man answered Him, 1Sir
have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.
Jesus said to him, aRise
, take up your 1mat
And immediately the man 1became
well, and he 2took
up his mat and walked. Now it was the aSabbath
on that day;
Religion's opposition to life
Therefore the Jews said to the one who had been healed, It is the aSabbath
, and 1bit
is not lawful for you to take up your mat.
But he answered them, He who made me well, that One said to me, Take up your mat and walk.
They asked him, Who is the man who said to you, Take up your mat
But he who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, there being a crowd in that place.
After these things Jesus found him in the temple and said to him, Behold, you have become well; 1asin
no more so that nothing worse happens to you.
The man went away and told the Jews that Jesus was the One who made him well.
And because of this the Jews persecuted Jesus 1and asought
to kill Him, because He did these things on the Sabbath.
The Son equal with the Father in giving life and executing judgment
But Jesus answered them, My Father is 1working
until now, and I also am working.
Because of this therefore the Jews 1sought
all the more to akill
Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath but also called God His own Father, making Himself 2equal
Then Jesus answered and said to them, Truly, truly, I say to you, aThe
Son can do nothing from Himself except what He sees the Father doing, for whatever that One does, these things the Son also does in like manner.
Father loves the Son and shows Him all things that He Himself is doing; and bgreater
works than these He will show Him that you may marvel.
For just as the Father araises
the dead and gives them
life, so also the Son gives life to whom He wills.
For neither does the Father judge anyone, but He has given all ajudgment
to the Son,
In order that all may honor the Son even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
Truly, truly, I say to you, He who hears My word and abelieves
Him who sent Me has 1eternal
life, and does not come into 2judgment
but has bpassed
out of 3death
Truly, truly, I say to you, An hour is coming, and it is now, when the 1adead
will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.
For just as the Father has life in Himself, so He gave to the Son to also have alife
And He gave Him authority to execute ajudgment
because He is the 1Son
Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming in which 1all
in the tombs will hear His avoice
And will come forth: athose
who have done good, to the 1bresurrection
of life; and those who have 2practiced
evil, to the 3cresurrection
can do nothing from Myself; as I hear, I judge, and bMy
judgment is just, because I do not seek My own will but the cwill
of Him who sent Me.
The Son's fourfold testimony
testify concerning Myself, My testimony is not true.
The testimony of John the Baptist
There is another who testifies concerning Me, and I know that the testimony which he testifies concerning Me is true.
You have sent people
to John, and ahe
has testified to the 1truth
But it is
not from man that
I receive My testimony, but I say these things that you may be saved.
He was the lamp that was burning and shining, and you were willing to exult for a while in his light.
The testimony of the Son's work
But I have the testimony which is
greater than that
of John, for the aworks
which the Father has given Me to finish, the works themselves which I do, testify concerning Me that the Father has 1bsent
The testimony of the Father
And the aFather
who sent Me, He has 1testified
concerning Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor have you seen His form,
And you do not have His word abiding in you, for Him whom He sent, this One you do not believe.
The testimony of the Scriptures
the Scriptures, because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is these that testify concerning Me.
Yet you are not willing to 1come
to Me that you may have life.
I do not receive glory from men.
But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in yourselves.
I have come 1ain
the name of My Father, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him.
How can you believe when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that is from the only God?
Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; there is one who accuses you: Moses, in whom you have set your hope.
For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; for ahe
wrote concerning Me.
you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?