So, because Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders began to persecute him.
In his defense Jesus said to them, "My Father1 is always at his work2 to this very day, and I too am working."18
For this reason they tried all the more to kill him;3 not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was even calling God his own Father, making himself equal with God.419
Jesus gave them this answer: "Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself;5 he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.20For the Father loves the Son6 and shows him all he does. Yes, and he will show him even greater works than these,7 so that you will be amazed.21For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life,8 even so the Son gives life9 to whom he is pleased to give it.22Moreover, the Father judges no one, but has entrusted all judgment to the Son,1023that all may honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Whoever does not honor the Son does not honor the Father, who sent him.1124"Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me12 has eternal life13 and will not be judged14 but has crossed over from death to life.1525Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come16 when the dead will hear17 the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live.26For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life18 in himself.27And he has given him authority to judge19 because he is the Son of Man.28"Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming20 when all who are in their graves will hear his voice29and come out--those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned.2130By myself I can do nothing;22 I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just,23 for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.24