Bible: John 5:2-18

5:2 Now there is 1  in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate 2  a pool called Bethzatha 3  in Aramaic, 4  which has five covered walkways. 5  5:3 A great number of sick, blind, lame, and paralyzed people were lying in these walkways. 5:4 [[EMPTY]] 6  5:5 Now a man was there who had been disabled for thirty-eight years. 7  5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there and when he realized 8  that the man 9  had been disabled a long time already, he said to him, “Do you want to become well? 5:7 The sick man answered him, “Sir, 10  I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up. While I am trying to get into the water, 11  someone else 12  goes down there 13  before me.” 5:8 Jesus said to him, “Stand up! Pick up your mat 14  and walk.” 5:9 Immediately the man was healed, 15  and he picked up his mat 16  and started walking. (Now that day was a Sabbath.) 17 

5:10 So the Jewish leaders 18  said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and you are not permitted to carry your mat.” 19  5:11 But he answered them, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat 20  and walk.’ 5:12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Pick up your mat 21  and walk? 22  5:13 But the man who had been healed did not know who it was, for Jesus had slipped out, since there was a crowd in that place.

5:14 After this Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “Look, you have become well. Don’t sin any more, 23  lest anything worse happen to you.” 5:15 The man went away and informed the Jewish leaders 24  that Jesus was the one who had made him well.

Responding to Jewish Leaders

5:16 Now because Jesus was doing these things 25  on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders 26  began persecuting 27  him. 5:17 So he 28  told 29  them, “My Father is working until now, and I too am working.” 30  5:18 For this reason the Jewish leaders 31  were trying even harder to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was also calling God his own Father, thus making himself equal with God.

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