1 After this there was a feast of the Jews, and so Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 2 Now in Jerusalem near the sheep-gate there is a pool called in Hebrew Bethzatha, which has five porticoes, 3 and in these there used to lie a great crowd of sick people, blind, crippled, paralyzed. 4 Omitted Text.
5 And there was one man there who had been an invalid for thirty-eight years. 6 Jesus saw him lying there, and when He found out that he had been in that condition for a long time, He asked him, "Do you want to get well?"
7 The sick man answered, "Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is moved, but while I am trying to get down, somebody else steps down ahead of me."
8 Jesus said to him, "Get up, pick up your pallet, and go to walking." 9 And at once the man was well, and picked up his pallet, and went to walking. Now it was the Sabbath. 10 So the Jews began to say to the man who had been cured, "It is the Sabbath, and it is against the law for you to carry your pallet."
11 He answered them, "The man who cured me said to me, 'Pick up your pallet and go to walking.'"
12 They asked him, "Who is the man that said to you, 'Pick up your pallet and go to walking'?" 13 The man who had been cured did not know who He was, for since there was a crowd at the place, Jesus had slipped away.
14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple court, and said to him, "See! You are now well. Stop sinning or something worse may befall you." 15 The man went back and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had cured him.
16 This is why the Jews were persecuting Jesus, because He persisted in doing such things on the Sabbath. 17 Then He answered them, "My Father is still working, and so am I." 18 It was on account of this that the Jews tried all the harder to put Him to death, because He not only persisted in breaking the Sabbath, but also kept on saying that God was His Father, and so was making Himself equal to God.
19 So Jesus answered them: "I most solemnly say to you, the Son can do nothing by Himself, except as He sees the Father doing it, for whatever the Father is in the habit of doing the Son also persists in doing. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows Him everything that He Himself is doing, and He will show Him greater deeds than these, so that you will keep on wondering. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and makes them live on, so the Son too makes alive any whom He chooses to. 22 For the Father passes sentence on no one, but He has committed all judgment to the Son, 23 that all men may honor the Son as they do the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.
24 "I most solemnly say to you, whoever listens to me and believes Him who has sent me possesses eternal life, and will never come under condemnation, but has already passed out of death into life.
25 I most solemnly say to you, a time is coming -- indeed, it is already here -- when the dead will listen to the voice of the Son of God, and those who listen to it will live. 26 For just as the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted to the Son to have life in Himself. 27 He has also granted to Him authority to act as Judge because He is the Son of Man. 28 Stop being surprised at this, for the time is coming when all that are in the graves will listen to His voice, 29 and those who have done good will come out for a resurrection to life, but those who have done evil for a resurrection to condemnation.
30 I cannot do anything by myself. As I get orders, so I judge, and my judgment is a just one, for I am not trying to do my own will but the will of Him who has sent me.
31 "If I bear witness to myself, my testimony is of no force, 32 There is someone else who testifies to me, and I know that the testimony which He gives to me is of force. 33 You yourselves sent to John, and he has testified to the truth. 34 However, I do not accept mere human testimony, but I am saying this that you may be saved. 35 John was the lamp that kept on burning and shining, and you decided for a time to delight yourselves in his light.
36 But I have testimony that is higher than John's, for the works which my Father has committed to me to finish, the very works that I am doing, testify to me that the Father has sent me; 37 yes, the Father who has sent me has testified to me Himself. You have never heard His voice nor seen His form; 38 and you do not keep His message living in you, because you do not believe in the messenger whom He has sent. 39 "You keep on searching the Scriptures, for you yourselves suppose that you will get possession of eternal life through them; and yet they are witnesses that testify to me, 40 but you refuse to come to me to get possession of life.
41 I do not accept any honor from men, 42 but I am sure that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. 43 I have come in my Father's name, but you refuse to accept me. If anyone else should come in his own name, you would accept him. 44 How can you believe, you who are always accepting honor from one another, but never seek the honor that comes from the one God? 45 Do not be thinking that I am going to accuse you to the Father. You have your accuser; it is Moses on whom you have set your hopes! 46 For if you really believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. 47 But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you ever believe what I say?"