Gospel of John, chapter 5

A Man Healed at the Pool of Bethesda - Honor the Father and the Son - Life and Judgment Are Through the Son - The Fourfold Witness

The Gospel of John, chapter 5 After these there was the feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. Now there is in Jerusalem by the sheep gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew Bethesda, having five porches. In these lay a great multitude of the sick, blind, lame, paralysed, waiting for the moving of the water. For a messenger at a certain time went down into the pool, and stirred up the water; Now the first one to step in after the stirring of the water was made healthy of whatever disease he had. Now a certain man was there thirty and eight years having (been) in his infirmity. When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been (sick) a long time, he said to him; do you want to become healthy? The sick man answered him; Sir, I have no man, in order that whenever is stirred the water, he might put me into the pool; but while I am coming, another before me steps down. Jesus said to him; rise, take up your bed and walk. And immediately became healthy the man, and took up his bed and walked. Now it was the Sabbath on that day. Therefore were saying the Jews to him who was cured; It is the Sabbath; It is not lawful for you to carry your bed. He answered them; He who made me healthy, he said to me; Take up your bed and walk. Then they asked him; who is the man who said to you, Take up your bed and walk? But the one who was healed did not know who it was; for Jesus had withdrawn a multitude being in that place. After these Jesus found him in the temple and said to him; See you have been made healthy; Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you. The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him healthy. And because of this (they) persecuted Jesus the Jews and sought to kill him, because these things he had done on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them; My father has been working until now, and I have been working. Because of this all the more sought him the Jews to kill, because not only he broke the Sabbath, but also his own father said God was, equal making himself with God. Then Jesus answered and said to them; Truly truly I say to you, The son cannot do of himself nothing, if he does not see what the father do; for whatever he does, the son also these likewise does. For the father loves the son and all things shows to him which he himself does, and greater than these he will show him works, that you may marvel. For as the father raises the dead and gives life, even so the son to whom he will gives life. For the father judges no one, but all judgment has committed to the son, so that all should honor the son just 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 that he who my word hears and believes in Him who sent me has everlasting life, and into judgment shall not come, but has passed from death into life. Truly truly I say to you the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the son of God, and those who hear will live; For as the father has life in Himself, so he has granded also the son, to have life in himself; and authority he has given him to also execute judgment, because the son of man he is. Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear his voice, and come forth those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of condemnation. I cannot do nothing of myself. As I hear I judge, and my judgment is righteous; because I do not seek my own will, but the will of the father who sent me. If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. There is another who bears witness of me, and I know that true is the witness which he witnesses of me. You have sent to John, and he has borne witness to the truth; Yet I do not from man the testimony receive, but I say these things that you may be saved. He was the lamp the burning and shining, and you were willing to rejoice for a time in his light. But I have the witness greater than John’s; for the works which the father has given me to finish, these very works that I do, bear witness of me that the father has sent me. And the father who sent me, he has testified of me. Neither his voice you have ever heard nor his form have (ever) seen, but his word you do not have abiding in you, because whom he sent, in him you do not believe. You search the scriptures, for you think in them you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of me; but you are not willing to come to me that you may have life. Honor from men I do not receive; But I know you that the love of God you do not have in you. I have come in the name of my father, and you do not receive me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. How can you believe, honor from one another while you receive, and the honor (that comes) from the only God you do not seek? Do not think that I shall accuse you to the father; there is one who accuses you, Moses, in whom you trust. For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for about me he wrote. But if his writings you do not believe, how my words will you believe?