Bible: John 5-7
Healing a Paralytic at the Pool of Bethesda
5:1 After this 1 there was a Jewish feast, 2 and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 3 5:2 Now there is 4 in Jerusalem by the Sheep Gate 5 a pool called Bethzatha 6 in Aramaic, 7 which has five covered walkways. 8 5:3 A great number of sick, blind, lame, and paralyzed people were lying in these walkways. 5:4 [[EMPTY]] 9 5:5 Now a man was there who had been disabled for thirty-eight years. 10 5:6 When Jesus saw him lying there and when he realized 11 that the man 12 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, 13 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, 14 someone else 15 goes down there 16 before me.” 5:8 Jesus said to him, “Stand up! Pick up your mat 17 and walk.” 5:9 Immediately the man was healed, 18 and he picked up his mat 19 and started walking. (Now that day was a Sabbath.) 20
5:10 So the Jewish leaders 21 said to the man who had been healed, “It is the Sabbath, and you are not permitted to carry your mat.” 22 5:11 But he answered them, “The man who made me well said to me, ‘Pick up your mat 23 and walk.’” 5:12 They asked him, “Who is the man who said to you, ‘Pick up your mat 24 and walk’?” 25 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, 26 lest anything worse happen to you.” 5:15 The man went away and informed the Jewish leaders 27 that Jesus was the one who had made him well.
Responding to Jewish Leaders
5:16 Now because Jesus was doing these things 28 on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders 29 began persecuting 30 him. 5:17 So he 31 told 32 them, “My Father is working until now, and I too am working.” 33 5:18 For this reason the Jewish leaders 34 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.
5:19 So Jesus answered them, 35 “I tell you the solemn truth, 36 the Son can do nothing on his own initiative, 37 but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father 38 does, the Son does likewise. 39 5:20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he does, and will show him greater deeds than these, so that you will be amazed. 5:21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, 40 so also the Son gives life to whomever he wishes. 41 5:22 Furthermore, the Father does not judge 42 anyone, but has assigned 43 all judgment to the Son, 5:23 so that all people 44 will honor the Son just as they honor the Father. The one who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.
5:24 “I tell you the solemn truth, 45 the one who hears 46 my message 47 and believes the one who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, 48 but has crossed over from death to life. 5:25 I tell you the solemn truth, 49 a time 50 is coming – and is now here – when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 5:26 For just as the Father has life in himself, thus he has granted the Son to have life in himself, 5:27 and he has granted the Son 51 authority to execute judgment, 52 because he is the Son of Man.
5:28 “Do not be amazed at this, because a time 53 is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 5:29 and will come out – the ones who have done what is good to the resurrection resulting in life, and the ones who have done what is evil to the resurrection resulting in condemnation. 54 5:30 I can do nothing on my own initiative. 55 Just as I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, 56 because I do not seek my own will, but the will of the one who sent me. 57
More Testimony About Jesus
5:31 “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. 5:32 There is another 58 who testifies about me, and I know the testimony he testifies about me is true. 5:33 You have sent to John, 59 and he has testified to the truth. 5:34 (I do not accept 60 human testimony, but I say this so that you may be saved.) 5:35 He was a lamp that was burning and shining, 61 and you wanted to rejoice greatly for a short time 62 in his light.
5:36 “But I have a testimony greater than that from John. For the deeds 63 that the Father has assigned me to complete – the deeds 64 I am now doing – testify about me that the Father has sent me. 5:37 And the Father who sent me has himself testified about me. You people 65 have never heard his voice nor seen his form at any time, 66 5:38 nor do you have his word residing in you, because you do not believe the one whom he sent. 5:39 You study the scriptures thoroughly 67 because you think in them you possess eternal life, 68 and it is these same scriptures 69 that testify about me, 5:40 but you are not willing to come to me so that you may have life.
5:41 “I do not accept 70 praise 71 from people, 72 5:42 but I know you, that you do not have the love of God 73 within you. 5:43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept 74 me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept 75 him. 5:44 How can you believe, if you accept praise 76 from one another and don’t seek the praise 77 that comes from the only God? 78
5:45 “Do not suppose that I will accuse you before the Father. The one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have placed your hope. 79 5:46 If 80 you believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me. 5:47 But if you do not believe what Moses 81 wrote, how will you believe my words?”
The Feeding of the Five Thousand
6:1 After this 82 Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (also called the Sea of Tiberias). 83 6:2 A large crowd was following him because they were observing the miraculous signs he was performing on the sick. 6:3 So Jesus went on up the mountainside 84 and sat down there with his disciples. 6:4 (Now the Jewish feast of the Passover 85 was near.) 86 6:5 Then Jesus, when he looked up 87 and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, said to Philip, “Where can we buy bread so that these people may eat?” 6:6 (Now Jesus 88 said this to test him, for he knew what he was going to do.) 89 6:7 Philip replied, 90 “Two hundred silver coins worth 91 of bread would not be enough for them, for each one to get a little.” 6:8 One of Jesus’ disciples, 92 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 6:9 “Here is a boy who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what good 93 are these for so many people?”
6:10 Jesus said, “Have 94 the people sit down.” (Now there was a lot of grass in that place.) 95 So the men 96 sat down, about five thousand in number. 6:11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed the bread to those who were seated. He then did the same with the fish, 97 as much as they wanted. 6:12 When they were all satisfied, Jesus 98 said to his disciples, “Gather up the broken pieces that are left over, so that nothing is wasted.” 6:13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with broken pieces from the five barley loaves 99 left over by the people who had eaten.
6:14 Now when the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus 100 performed, they began to say to one another, “This is certainly the Prophet 101 who is to come into the world.” 102 6:15 Then Jesus, because he knew they were going to come and seize him by force to make him king, withdrew again up the mountainside alone. 103
Walking on Water
6:16 Now when evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 104 6:17 got into a boat, and started to cross the lake 105 to Capernaum. 106 (It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.) 107 6:18 By now a strong wind was blowing and the sea was getting rough. 6:19 Then, when they had rowed about three or four miles, 108 they caught sight of Jesus walking on the lake, 109 approaching the boat, and they were frightened. 6:20 But he said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.” 6:21 Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat came to the land where they had been heading.
6:22 The next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the lake 110 realized that only one small boat 111 had been there, and that Jesus had not boarded 112 it with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 6:23 But some boats from Tiberias 113 came to shore 114 near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 115 6:24 So when the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats 116 and came to Capernaum 117 looking for Jesus.
Jesus’ Discourse About the Bread of Life
6:25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, 118 they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 119 6:26 Jesus replied, 120 “I tell you the solemn truth, 121 you are looking for me not because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate all the loaves of bread you wanted. 122 6:27 Do not work for the food that disappears, 123 but for the food that remains to eternal life – the food 124 which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has put his seal of approval on him.” 125
6:28 So then they said to him, “What must we do to accomplish the deeds 126 God requires?” 127 6:29 Jesus replied, 128 “This is the deed 129 God requires 130 – to believe in the one whom he 131 sent.” 6:30 So they said to him, “Then what miraculous sign will you perform, so that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 6:31 Our ancestors 132 ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 133
6:32 Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 134 it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but my Father is giving you the true bread from heaven. 6:33 For the bread of God is the one who 135 comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 6:34 So they said to him, “Sir, 136 give us this bread all the time!”
6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. The one who comes to me will never go hungry, and the one who believes in me will never be thirsty. 137 6:36 But I told you 138 that you have seen me 139 and still do not believe. 6:37 Everyone whom the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never send away. 140 6:38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. 6:39 Now this is the will of the one who sent me – that I should not lose one person of every one he has given me, but raise them all up 141 at the last day. 6:40 For this is the will of my Father – for everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him to have eternal life, and I will raise him up 142 at the last day.” 143
6:41 Then the Jews who were hostile to Jesus 144 began complaining about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven,” 6:42 and they said, “Isn’t this Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 6:43 Jesus replied, 145 “Do not complain about me to one another. 146 6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, 147 and I will raise him up at the last day. 6:45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ 148 Everyone who hears and learns from the Father 149 comes to me. 6:46 (Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God – he 150 has seen the Father.) 151 6:47 I tell you the solemn truth, 152 the one who believes 153 has eternal life. 154 6:48 I am the bread of life. 155 6:49 Your ancestors 156 ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 6:50 This 157 is the bread that has come down from heaven, so that a person 158 may eat from it and not die. 6:51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats from this bread he will live forever. The bread 159 that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
6:52 Then the Jews who were hostile to Jesus 160 began to argue with one another, 161 “How can this man 162 give us his flesh to eat?” 6:53 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 163 unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, 164 you have no life 165 in yourselves. 6:54 The one who eats 166 my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 167 6:55 For my flesh is true 168 food, and my blood is true 169 drink. 6:56 The one who eats 170 my flesh and drinks my blood resides in me, and I in him. 171 6:57 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so the one who consumes 172 me will live because of me. 6:58 This 173 is the bread that came down from heaven; it is not like the bread your ancestors 174 ate, but then later died. 175 The one who eats 176 this bread will live forever.”
Many Followers Depart
6:59 Jesus 177 said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue 178 in Capernaum. 179 6:60 Then many of his disciples, when they heard these things, 180 said, “This is a difficult 181 saying! 182 Who can understand it?” 183 6:61 When Jesus was aware 184 that his disciples were complaining 185 about this, he said to them, “Does this cause you to be offended? 186 6:62 Then what if you see the Son of Man ascending where he was before? 187 6:63 The Spirit is the one who gives life; human nature is of no help! 188 The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. 189 6:64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus had already known from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 190 6:65 So Jesus added, 191 “Because of this I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has allowed him to come.” 192
6:66 After this many of his disciples quit following him 193 and did not accompany him 194 any longer. 6:67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “You don’t want to go away too, do you?” 195 6:68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. 6:69 We 196 have come to believe and to know 197 that you are the Holy One of God!” 198 6:70 Jesus replied, 199 “Didn’t I choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is the devil?” 200 6:71 (Now he said this about Judas son of Simon Iscariot, 201 for Judas, 202 one of the twelve, was going to betray him.) 203
The Feast of Tabernacles
7:1 After this 204 Jesus traveled throughout Galilee. 205 He 206 stayed out of Judea 207 because the Jewish leaders 208 wanted 209 to kill him. 7:2 Now the Jewish feast of Tabernacles 210 was near. 211 7:3 So Jesus’ brothers 212 advised him, “Leave here and go to Judea so your disciples may see your miracles that you are performing. 213 7:4 For no one who seeks to make a reputation for himself 214 does anything in secret. 215 If you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” 7:5 (For not even his own brothers believed in him.) 216
7:6 So Jesus replied, 217 “My time 218 has not yet arrived, 219 but you are ready at any opportunity! 220 7:7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me, because I am testifying about it that its deeds are evil. 7:8 You go up 221 to the feast yourselves. I am not going up to this feast 222 because my time 223 has not yet fully arrived.” 224 7:9 When he had said this, he remained in Galilee.
7:10 But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, then Jesus 225 himself also went up, not openly but in secret. 7:11 So the Jewish leaders 226 were looking for him at the feast, asking, “Where is he?” 227 7:12 There was 228 a lot of grumbling 229 about him among the crowds. 230 Some were saying, “He is a good man,” but others, “He deceives the common people.” 231 7:13 However, no one spoke openly about him for fear of the Jewish leaders. 232
Teaching in the Temple
7:14 When the feast was half over, Jesus went up to the temple courts 233 and began to teach. 234 7:15 Then the Jewish leaders 235 were astonished 236 and said, “How does this man know so much when he has never had formal instruction?” 237 7:16 So Jesus replied, 238 “My teaching is not from me, but from the one who sent me. 239 7:17 If anyone wants to do God’s will, 240 he will know about my teaching, whether it is from God or whether I speak from my own authority. 241 7:18 The person who speaks on his own authority 242 desires 243 to receive honor 244 for himself; the one who desires 245 the honor 246 of the one who sent him is a man of integrity, 247 and there is no unrighteousness in him. 7:19 Hasn’t Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps 248 the law! Why do you want 249 to kill me?”
7:20 The crowd 250 answered, “You’re possessed by a demon! 251 Who is trying to kill you?” 252 7:21 Jesus replied, 253 “I performed one miracle 254 and you are all amazed. 255 7:22 However, because Moses gave you the practice of circumcision 256 (not that it came from Moses, but from the forefathers), you circumcise a male child 257 on the Sabbath. 7:23 But if a male child 258 is circumcised 259 on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses is not broken, 260 why are you angry with me because I made a man completely well 261 on the Sabbath? 7:24 Do not judge according to external appearance, 262 but judge with proper 263 judgment.”
Questions About Jesus’ Identity
7:25 Then some of the residents of Jerusalem 264 began to say, “Isn’t this the man 265 they are trying 266 to kill? 7:26 Yet here he is, speaking publicly, 267 and they are saying nothing to him. 268 Do the rulers really know that this man 269 is the Christ? 270 7:27 But we know where this man 271 comes from. 272 Whenever the Christ 273 comes, no one will know where he comes from.” 274
7:28 Then Jesus, while teaching in the temple courts, 275 cried out, 276 “You both know me and know where I come from! 277 And I have not come on my own initiative, 278 but the one who sent me 279 is true. You do not know him, 280 7:29 but 281 I know him, because I have come from him 282 and he 283 sent me.”
7:30 So then they tried to seize Jesus, 284 but no one laid a hand on him, because his time 285 had not yet come. 7:31 Yet many of the crowd 286 believed in him and said, “Whenever the Christ 287 comes, he won’t perform more miraculous signs than this man did, will he?” 288
7:32 The Pharisees 289 heard the crowd 290 murmuring these things about Jesus, 291 so the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers 292 to arrest him. 293 7:33 Then Jesus said, “I will be with you for only a little while longer, 294 and then 295 I am going to the one who sent me. 7:34 You will look for me 296 but will not find me, and where I am you cannot come.”
7:35 Then the Jewish leaders 297 said to one another, “Where is he 298 going to go that we cannot find him? 299 He is not going to go to the Jewish people dispersed 300 among the Greeks and teach the Greeks, is he? 301 7:36 What did he mean by saying, 302 ‘You will look for me 303 but will not find me, and where I am you cannot come’?”
Teaching About the Spirit
7:37 On the last day of the feast, the greatest day, 304 Jesus stood up and shouted out, 305 “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, and 7:38 let the one who believes in me drink. 306 Just as the scripture says, ‘From within him 307 will flow rivers of living water.’” 308 7:39 (Now he said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were going to receive, for the Spirit had not yet been given, 309 because Jesus was not yet glorified.) 310
Differing Opinions About Jesus
7:40 When they heard these words, some of the crowd 311 began to say, “This really 312 is the Prophet!” 313 7:41 Others said, “This is the Christ!” 314 But still others said, “No, 315 for the Christ doesn’t come from Galilee, does he? 316 7:42 Don’t the scriptures say that the Christ is a descendant 317 of David 318 and comes from Bethlehem, 319 the village where David lived?” 320 7:43 So there was a division in the crowd 321 because of Jesus. 322 7:44 Some of them were wanting to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him. 323
Lack of Belief
7:45 Then the officers 324 returned 325 to the chief priests and Pharisees, 326 who said to them, “Why didn’t you bring him back with you?” 327 7:46 The officers replied, “No one ever spoke like this man!” 7:47 Then the Pharisees answered, 328 “You haven’t been deceived too, have you? 329 7:48 None of the rulers 330 or the Pharisees have believed in him, have they? 331 7:49 But this rabble 332 who do not know the law are accursed!”
7:50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus 333 before and who was one of the rulers, 334 said, 335 7:51 “Our law doesn’t condemn 336 a man unless it first hears from him and learns 337 what he is doing, does it?” 338 7:52 They replied, 339 “You aren’t from Galilee too, are you? 340 Investigate carefully and you will see that no prophet 341 comes from Galilee!”7:53
A Woman Caught in Adultery
[[And each one departed to his own house.