The Healing at the Pool
1#Jn 2:13After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2#Ne 3:1; 12:39Now in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate there is a pool, which in Hebrew is called Bethesda, having five porches. 3In these lay a great crowd of invalids, blind, lame, and paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water. 4For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water. After the stirring of the water, whoever stepped in first was healed of whatever disease he had. 5A certain man was there who had an illness for thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had been in that condition now a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be healed?”
7The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred. But while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
8#Mt 9:6; Mk 2:11Jesus said to him, “Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 9#Jn 9:14Immediately the man was healed, took up his bed, and walked.
That day was the Sabbath. 10#Jer 17:21; Lk 6:2The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath day. It is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”
11He answered them, “He who healed me said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’ ”
12So they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?”
13Now the man who was healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, as there was a crowd in that place.
14#Jn 8:11Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have become whole. Sin no more lest something worse happens to you.” 15The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had healed him.
16#Jn 15:20; Ac 9:4–5So the Jews persecuted Jesus and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath day. 17#Jn 9:4; 14:10Jesus answered them, “My Father is working still, and I am working.” 18#Jn 10:33; 10:30; 5:16So the Jews sought even more to kill Him, because He not only had broken the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, making Himself equal with God.
The Authority of the Son
19#Jn 8:28; 12:49Then Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do. For whatever He does, likewise the Son does. 20#Jn 3:35; Mt 3:17For the Father loves the Son and shows Him all things that He Himself does. And He will show Him greater works than these so that you may marvel. 21#Jn 11:25; Ro 8:11For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. 22#Jn 5:27; Ac 10:42The Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, 23#1Jn 2:23; Lk 10:16that all men 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.
24#Jn 3:18; 1Jn 3:14; Jn 3:36“Truly, truly I say to you, whoever hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has eternal life and shall not come into condemnation, but has passed from death into life. 25#Jn 4:23; Lk 15:24Truly, truly I say to you, the hour is coming, and is now here, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 26#Jn 1:4; 11:26For as the Father has life in Himself, so He has given to the Son to have life in Himself, 27#Jn 5:22; Ac 10:42and has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man.
28“Do not marvel at this. For the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice 29#Ac 24:15and come out—those who have done good to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil to the resurrection of judgment. 30#Jn 4:34; Mt 26:39; Jn 5:19I can do nothing of Myself. As I hear, I judge. My judgment is just, because I seek not My own will, but the will of the Father who sent Me.
Witnesses to Jesus
31#Jn 8:13–14; 8:54“If I bear witness of Myself, My testimony is not true. 32There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the testimony which He bears of Me is true.
33“You sent to John, and he bore witness of the truth. 34#1Jn 5:9I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. 35#2Pe 1:19; Mt 21:26He was a burning and a shining lamp, and you were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
36#Jn 10:25; 15:24“I have greater testimony than that of John. The works which the Father has given Me to finish, the very works that I do, bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. 37#Jn 8:18; Mt 3:17The Father Himself, who has sent Me, has borne witness of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, nor seen His form. 38#1Jn 2:14You do not have His word abiding in you, for you do not believe the One He has sent. 39#Lk 24:27; 24:44You search the Scriptures, because you think in them you have eternal life. These are they who bear witness of Me. 40#Mt 23:37; Jn 3:19Yet you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
41#1Th 2:6; Jn 5:34“I do not receive honor from men. 42#Jn 2:25But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. 43#Mt 24:5; Jn 10:25I have come in My Father’s name, but you do not receive Me. If another comes in his own name, you will receive him. 44#Ro 2:29How can you believe, who receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God?
45#Jn 9:28–29; Ro 2:17–29“Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. 46#Ge 3:15; Dt 18:15For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me, for he wrote of Me. 47#Lk 16:31; 16:29But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”