The Third Sign: Healing the Sick
2By the Sheep Gate5:2 Neh 3:1,32; 12:39 in Jerusalem there is a pool, called Bethesda5:2 Some mss read Bethzatha; other mss read Bethsaida in Aramaic, which has five colonnades.
3Within these lay a large number of the disabled — blind, lame, and paralyzed.5:3 Some mss include vv. 3b-4:— waiting for the moving of the water, 4 because an angel would go down into the pool from time to time and stir up the water. Then the first one who got in after the water was stirred up recovered from whatever ailment he had.
5One man was there who had been disabled for thirty-eight years.
8 “Get up,” Jesus told him, “pick up your mat and walk.”
9Instantly the man got well, picked up his mat, and started to walk.
Now that day was the Sabbath,5:9 Mk 2:23
12“Who is this man who told you, ‘Pick up your mat and walk’?” they asked.
14After this, Jesus found him in the temple5:14 Ac 21:26 and said to him, “See, you are well. Do not sin anymore, so that something worse doesn’t happen to you.”
Honoring the Father and the Son
17Jesus responded to them, “My Father5:17 Mt 5:16; 11:27; Jn 8:42 is still working, and I am working also.”
19Jesus replied, “Truly I tell you, the Son is not able to do anything on his own, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father5:19 Lit whatever that one does, the Son likewise does these things.5:19 Jn 3:35; 6:38; 7:16,28; 8:26–42; 10:18,30,36–38; 12:49–50; 14:9,24,31; 15:9–10; 16:15; 17:9–10
20For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing, and he will show him greater works5:20 Heb 3:9; Rv 15:3 than these so that you will be amazed.
21And just as the Father raises5:21 Mk 9:27; Jn 2:19 the dead and gives them life, so the Son also gives life to whom he wants.5:21 Jn 11:25–26
Life and Judgment
25 “Truly I tell you, an hour is coming, and is now here, 5:25 Jn 4:23 when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.5:25 Php 1:21
26For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he has granted to the Son5:26 Jn 5:19; Col 1:19 to have life in himself.
27And he has granted him the right to pass judgment,5:27 2Th 1:5 because he is the Son of Man.5:27 Mk 2:10; Heb 2:6; Rv 1:13; 14:14
28Do not be amazed at this, because a time is coming when all who are in the graves will hear his voice
29and come out — those who have done good things, to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked things, to the resurrection of condemnation.
Witnesses to Jesus
31 “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true.
32There is another who testifies about me, and I know that the testimony he gives about me is true.5:32 1Jn 5:20
34I don’t receive human testimony, but I say these things so that you may be saved.
36 “But I have a greater testimony than John’s because of the works that the Father has given me to accomplish. 5:36 Jn 15:24 These very works I am doing testify about me that the Father has sent5:36 Mk 9:37; Jn 1:6,33 me.
37The Father who sent me has himself testified5:37 1Jn 5:9 about me. You have not heard his voice at any time, and you haven’t seen his form.5:37 Ex 33:11; Dt 4:12; Is 6:1; Lk 3:22; Jn 1:18; 6:46–47; 14:9; 1Tm 1:17
38You don’t have his word residing in you, because you don’t believe the one he sent.
39You pore over the Scriptures5:39 Mt 26:54; 2Pt 1:20 because you think you have eternal life in them, and yet they testify about me.5:39 Lk 24:27,44; Ac 13:27
43I have come in my Father’s name,5:43 Jn 10:25; 14:13; Ac 15:14; Rv 14:1 and yet you don’t accept me.5:43 Mk 4:16; Jn 1:12; 12:48; 13:20; 17:8 If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.
44How can you believe, since you accept glory from one another but don’t seek the glory that comes from the only5:44 Dt 6:4; Jn 17:3; Rm 3:30; 16:27; 1Tm 1:17; 6:15–16; Jd 25; Rv 15:4 God?5:44 1Th 2:4
45Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. Your accuser is Moses,5:45 Ps 77:20; Mt 8:4; Heb 3:2 on whom you have set your hope.
46For if you believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me.
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