5 Some time later, Jesus went up to Jerusalem for a Jewish feast. 2In Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate is a pool. In the Aramaic language it is called Bethesda. It is surrounded by five rows of columns with a roof over them. 3/4Here a great number of disabled people used to lie down. Among them were those who were blind, those who could not walk, and those who could hardly move.
14Later Jesus found him at the temple. Jesus said to him, “See, you are well again. Stop sinning, or something worse may happen to you.” 15The man went away. He told the Jews it was Jesus who had made him well.
16Jesus was doing these things on the Sabbath day. So the Jews began to oppose him.
19Jesus answered, “What I’m about to tell you is true. The Son can do nothing by himself. He can do only what he sees his Father doing. What the Father does, the Son also does. 20This is because the Father loves the Son. He shows him everything he does. Yes, you will be amazed! The Father will show him even greater things than these.
22“Also, the Father does not judge anyone. He has given the Son the task of judging. 23Then all people will honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Those who do not honor the Son do not honor the Father, who sent him.
28“Do not be amazed at this. A time is coming when all who are in the grave will hear his voice. 29They will all come out of their graves. Those who have done good will rise and live again. Those who have done evil will rise and be found guilty.
33“You have sent people to John. He has given witness to the truth. 34I do not accept human witness. I only talk about it so you can be saved. 35John was like a lamp that burned and gave light. For a while you chose to enjoy his light.
37“The Father who sent me has himself given witness about me. You have never heard his voice. You have never seen what he really looks like. 38And his word does not live in you. This is because you do not believe the One he sent.
39“You study the Scriptures carefully. You study them because you think they will give you eternal life. The Scriptures you study give witness about me. 40But you refuse to come to me and receive life.
41“I do not accept praise from people. 42But I know you. I know that you do not have love for God in your hearts. 43I 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.
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