John 5 Wesley - After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up



1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem, by the sheep-gate, a bath, which is called in the Hebrew tongue, Bethesda, having five porticos. 3 In these lay a great multitude of diseased, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. 4 For an angel went down at certain times into the bath, and the water was troubled: and whosoever went in first, after the troubling of the water, was made whole, whatsoever disease he had.
5 And a certain man was there, who had been diseased eight and thirty years. 6 Jesus seeing him lie, and knowing that he had now been diseased a long time, saith to him, Desirest thou to be made whole?
7 The infirm man answered him, Sir, I have no man to put me into the bath, when the water is troubled; and while I am coming, another steppeth down before me.
8 Jesus saith to him, Rise, take up thy bed and walk. 9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed and walked: and the same day was the sabbath. 10 Then said the Jews to him that was healed, It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for thee to take up the bed.
11 He answered, He that made me whole, he said to me, Take up thy bed and walk.
12 Then asked they him, Who is the man that said to thee, Take up thy bed and walk? 13 And he that was healed knew not who he was; for Jesus had retired, a multitude being in the place.
14 Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said to him, Lo, thou art made whole: sin no more, lest a worse thing come to thee. 15 The man departed and told the Jews, that it was Jesus who had made him whole.
16 And therefore the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill him, because he had done these things on the sabbath. 17 But Jesus answered them, My father worketh until now, and I work. 18 Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only broke the sabbath, but also said, that God was his own Father, making himself equal with God.
19 Then answered Jesus and said to them, Verily, verily I say unto you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do; but what things soever he doth, these also doth the Son likewise. 20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself doth: and he will shew him greater works than these, so that ye will marvel. 21 For as the Father raiseth and quickeneth the dead, so the Son also quickeneth whom he will. 22 For neither doth the Father judge any one, but hath given all judgment to the Son: 23 That all men may honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He that honoureth not the Son, honoureth not the Father that sent him.
24 Verily, verily I say unto you, he that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and cometh not into condemnation, but is passed from death to life.
25 Verily, verily I say unto you, The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and they that hear shall live. 26 For as the Father hath life in himself, so hath he given to the Son also to have life in himself, 27 And hath given him authority, to execute judgment likewise, because he is the Son of man. 28 Marvel not at this: for the time is coming, in which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, 29 And shall come forth, they that have done good, to the resurrection of life, and they that have done evil, to the resurrection of damnation.
30 I can do nothing of myself: as I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just: because I seek not my own will, but the will of him that sent me.
31 If I testify of myself, my testimony is not valid. 32 There is another that testifieth of me, and I know that the testimony which he testifieth of me is valid. 33 Ye sent to John, and he bare testimony to the truth. 34 But I receive not testimony from man; but these things I say, that ye may be saved. 35 He was a burning and a shining light, and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light.
36 But I have a greater testimony than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to fulfil, the very works which I do, testify of me, that the Father hath sent me. 37 And the Father who hath sent me, he hath testified of me: ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his form. 38 And ye have not his word abiding in you; for whom he hath sent, ye believe not. 39 Search the scriptures: in them ye think ye have eternal life: and it is they that testify of me. 40 Yet ye will not come to me, that ye may have life.
41 I receive not honour from men, But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. 42 For I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: 43 if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. 44 How can ye believe, while ye receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that is from God only? 45 Think not that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you even Moses, in whom ye trust. 46 For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me. 47 But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?