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1 Soon another Feast came around and Jesus was back in Jerusalem. 1 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a feast of the Jews.
2 Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there was a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda, with five alcoves. 2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades.
3 Hundreds of sick people - blind, crippled, paralyzed - were in these alcoves. 3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie--the blind, the lame, the paralyzed.
5 One man had been an invalid there for thirty-eight years. 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.
6 When Jesus saw him stretched out by the pool and knew how long he had been there, he said, "Do you want to get well?" 6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, "Do you want to get well?"
7 The sick man said, "Sir, when the water is stirred, I don't have anybody to put me in the pool. By the time I get there, somebody else is already in." 7 "Sir," the invalid replied, "I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me."
8 Jesus said, "Get up, take your bedroll, start walking." 8 Then Jesus said to him, "Get up! Pick up your mat and walk."
9 The man was healed on the spot. He picked up his bedroll and walked off. 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked. The day on which this took place was a Sabbath,
10 The Jews stopped the healed man and said, "It's the Sabbath. You can't carry your bedroll around. It's against the rules." 10 and so the Jews said to the man who had been healed, "It is the Sabbath; the law forbids you to carry your mat."
11 But he told them, "The man who made me well told me to. He said, 'Take your bedroll and start walking.'" 11 But he replied, "The man who made me well said to me, 'Pick up your mat and walk.' "
12 They asked, "Who gave you the order to take it up and start walking?" 12 So they asked him, "Who is this fellow who told you to pick it up and walk?"
13 But the healed man didn't know, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd. 13 The man who was healed had no idea who it was, for Jesus had slipped away into the crowd that was there.
14 A little later Jesus found him in the Temple and said, "You look wonderful! You're well! Don't return to a sinning life or something worse might happen." 14 Later Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, "See, you are well again. Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you."
15 The man went back and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well. 15 The man went away and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.
16 That is why the Jews were out to get Jesus - because he did this kind of thing on the Sabbath. 16 So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jews persecuted him.
17 But Jesus defended himself. "My Father is working straight through, even on the Sabbath. So am I." 17 Jesus said to them, "My Father is always at his work to this very day, and I, too, am working."
18 That really set them off. The Jews were now not only out to expose him; they were out to kill him. Not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was calling God his own Father, putting himself on a level with God. 18 For this reason the Jews tried all the harder to kill him; not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
19 So Jesus explained himself at length. "I'm telling you this straight. The Son can't independently do a thing, only what he sees the Father doing. What the Father does, the Son does. 19 Jesus gave them this answer: "I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.
20 The Father loves the Son and includes him in everything he is doing. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all he does. Yes, to your amazement he will show him even greater things than these.
21 for in the same way that the Father raises the dead and creates life, so does the Son. The Son gives life to anyone he chooses. 21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son gives life to whom he is pleased to give it.
22 Neither he nor the Father shuts anyone out. The Father handed all authority to judge over to the Son 22 Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son,
23 so that the Son will be honored equally with the Father. Anyone who dishonors the Son, dishonors the Father, for it was the Father's decision to put the Son in the place of honor. 23 that all may 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 "It's urgent that you listen carefully to this: Anyone here who believes what I am saying right now and aligns himself with the Father, who has in fact put me in charge, has at this very moment the real, lasting life and is no longer condemned to be an outsider. This person has taken a giant step from the world of the dead to the world of the living. 24 "I tell you the truth, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life.
25 "It's urgent that you get this right: The time has arrived - I mean right now! - when dead men and women will hear the voice of the Son of God and, hearing, will come alive. 25 I tell you the truth, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.
26 Just as the Father has life in himself, he has conferred on the Son life in himself. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son to have life in himself.
27 And he has given him the authority, simply because he is the Son of Man, to decide and carry out matters of Judgment. 27 And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.
28 "Don't act so surprised at all this. The time is coming when everyone dead and buried will hear his voice. 28 "Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice
29 Those who have lived the right way will walk out into a resurrection Life; those who have lived the wrong way, into a resurrection Judgment. 29 and come out--those who have done good will rise to live, and those who have done evil will rise to be condemned.
30 "I can't do a solitary thing on my own: I listen, then I decide. You can trust my decision because I'm not out to get my own way but only to carry out orders. 30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.
31 If I were simply speaking on my own account, it would be an empty, self-serving witness. 31 "If I testify about myself, my testimony is not valid.
32 But an independent witness confirms me, the most reliable Witness of all. 32 There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is valid.
33 Furthermore, you all saw and heard John, and he gave expert and reliable testimony about me, didn't he? 33 "You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth.
34 "But my purpose is not to get your vote, and not to appeal to mere human testimony. I'm speaking to you this way so that you will be saved. 34 Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved.
35 John was a torch, blazing and bright, and you were glad enough to dance for an hour or so in his bright light. 35 John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.
36 But the witness that really confirms me far exceeds John's witness. It's the work the Father gave me to complete. These very tasks, as I go about completing them, confirm that the Father, in fact, sent me. 36 "I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the very work that the Father has given me to finish, and which I am doing, testifies that the Father has sent me.
37 The Father who sent me, confirmed me. And you missed it. You never heard his voice, you never saw his appearance. 37 And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form,
38 There is nothing left in your memory of his Message because you do not take his Messenger seriously. 38 nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent.
39 "You have your heads in your Bibles constantly because you think you'll find eternal life there. But you miss the forest for the trees. These Scriptures are all about me! 39 You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life. These are the Scriptures that testify about me,
40 And here I am, standing right before you, and you aren't willing to receive from me the life you say you want. 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
41 "I'm not interested in crowd approval. 41 "I do not accept praise from men,
42 And do you know why? Because I know you and your crowds. I know that love, especially God's love, is not on your working agenda. 42 but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts.
43 I came with the authority of my Father, and you either dismiss me or avoid me. If another came, acting self-important, you would welcome him with open arms. 43 I have come in my Father's name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him.
44 How do you expect to get anywhere with God when you spend all your time jockeying for position with each other, ranking your rivals and ignoring God? 44 How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God ?
45 "But don't think I'm going to accuse you before my Father. Moses, in whom you put so much stock, is your accuser. 45 "But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set.
46 If you believed, really believed, what Moses said, you would believe me. He wrote of me. 46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me.
47 If you won't take seriously what he wrote, how can I expect you to take seriously what I speak?" 47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?"