A Man Healed at the Pool of Bethesda
1After #Lev. 23:2; Deut. 16:16this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus #John 2:13went up to Jerusalem. 2Now there is in Jerusalem #Neh. 3:1, 32; 12:39by the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, Bethesda, having five porches. 3In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, 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; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had. 5Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years. 6When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
7The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
8Jesus said to him, #Matt. 9:6; Mark 2:11; Luke 5:24“Rise, take up your bed and walk.” 9And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked.
And #John 9:14that day was the Sabbath. 10The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; #Ex. 20:10; Neh. 13:19; Jer. 17:21, 22; Matt. 12:2; Mark 2:24; Luke 6:2it is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”
11He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’ ”
12Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?” 13But the one who was #Luke 13:14; 22:51healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place. 14Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. #Matt. 12:45; (Mark 2:5); John 8:11Sin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”
15The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.
Honor the Father and the Son
16For this reason the Jews #Luke 4:29; John 8:37; 10:39persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath. 17But Jesus answered them, #(John 9:4; 17:4)“My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”
18Therefore the Jews #John 7:1, 19sought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, #John 10:30; Phil. 2:6making Himself equal with God. 19Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, #Matt. 26:39; John 5:30; 6:38; 8:28; 12:49; 14:10the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner. 20For #Matt. 3:17; John 3:35; 2 Pet. 1:17the Father loves the Son, and #(Matt. 11:27)shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. 21For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, #Luke 7:14; 8:54; (John 11:25)even so the Son gives life to whom He will. 22For the Father judges no one, but #Matt. 11:27; 28:18; (John 3:35; 17:2; Acts 17:31; 1 Pet. 4:5)has committed all judgment to the Son, 23that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. #Luke 10:16; 1 John 2:23He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
Life and Judgment Are Through the Son
24“Most assuredly, I say to you, #John 3:16, 18; 6:47he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, #(1 John 3:14)but has passed from death into life. 25Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when #(Eph. 2:1, 5; Col. 2:13)the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live. 26For #Ps. 36:9as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have #(John 1:4; 14:6); 1 Cor. 15:45life in Himself, 27and #John 9:39; (Acts 10:42; 17:31)has given Him authority to execute judgment also, #Dan. 7:13because He is the Son of Man. 28Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will #(1 Thess. 4:15–17)hear His voice 29#Is. 26:19; (1 Cor. 15:52)and come forth—#Dan. 12:2; Matt. 25:46; Acts 24:15those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation. 30#John 5:19I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because #Matt. 26:39; John 4:34; 6:38I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.
The Fourfold Witness
31#John 8:14; Rev. 3:14“If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not true. 32#(Matt. 3:17; John 8:18; 1 John 5:6)There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true. 33You have sent to John, #(John 1:15, 19, 27, 32)and he has borne witness to the truth. 34Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved. 35He was the burning and #2 Sam. 21:17; 2 Pet. 1:19shining lamp, and #Matt. 13:20; Mark 6:20you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light. 36But #1 John 5:9I have a greater witness than John’s; for #John 3:2; 10:25; 17:4the works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very #John 9:16; 10:38works that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me. 37And the Father Himself, who sent Me, #Matt. 3:17; John 6:27; 8:18has testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, #Deut. 4:12; John 1:18; 1 Tim. 1:17; 1 John 4:12nor seen His form. 38But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe. 39#Is. 8:20; 34:16; Luke 16:29; Acts 17:11You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and #Deut. 18:15, 18; Luke 24:27these are they which testify of Me. 40#(John 1:11; 3:19)But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
41#John 5:44; 7:18; 1 Thess. 2:6“I do not receive honor from men. 42But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you. 43I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive. 44#John 12:43How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek #(Rom. 2:29)the honor that comes from the only God? 45Do not think that I shall accuse you to the Father; #Rom. 2:12there is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust. 46For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; #(Gen. 3:15); Deut. 18:15, 18; John 1:45; Acts 26:22for he wrote about Me. 47But if you #Luke 16:29, 31do not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”