After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem.||
Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in
the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches.||
(5:3-4) Troubled Waters|
The earliest and best manuscripts lack the explanation for the "troubled waters" given in verses 3-4, which was later added by
scribes.1 That's why these verses are omitted
from the New Revised Standard Version.
(5:4) "An angel went down ... into the pool, and troubled the water:
Whosoever then first ... stepped in was made whole of whatsoever disease he had."
Whoever enters a pool after it is stirred up by angels will be cured of "whatsoever disease he had."
(5:5-9) Jesus cures a paralytic man.
(5:5) "A certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years."
(5:8) "Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk."
(5:9) "And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked."
In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered,
waiting for the moving of the water.
For an angel went down
at a certain season into the pool, and troubled the water: whosoever then
first after the troubling of the water stepped in was made whole of
whatsoever disease he had.
And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight
When Jesus saw him lie, and knew that he had been now a long time in that
case, he saith unto him, Wilt thou be made whole?
The impotent man answered him, Sir, I have no man, when the water is
troubled, to put me into the pool: but while I am coming, another steppeth
down before me.
Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk.
|5:9 And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked:
and on the same day was the sabbath.
The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it
is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed.
He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up
thy bed, and walk.||
Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy
bed, and walk?||
"Sin no more, lest a worse thing come unto thee."
Jesus believes people are crippled by God as a punishment for sin. He tells a crippled man, after healing him, to "sin no
more, lest a worse thing come unto thee."
(5:16-18) John, with his usual anti-Semitism, says
that the Jews persecuted Jesus and "sought to slay him."
(5:16) "Therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day."
"Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work."
Jesus says he and his dad always work on the Sabbath. (So you can too!)
Is it necessary to keep the sabbath?
Does God work on the Sabbath?
(5:18) "Therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath,
but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God."
Is Jesus God?
(5:21) "As the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the
Son quickeneth whom he will."
Jesus can make any dead body live just like his dad can.
(5:22) "The Father judgeth no man, but hath
committed all judgment unto the Son."
Does Jesus judge people?
(5:24) "He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me,
hath everlasting life."
What must you do to be saved?
(5:25) "The hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear
the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live."
"The Father ... hath given him authority to execute judgment."
Does Jesus judge people?
"The hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice."
Is death final?
"They that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have
done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation."
How are people judged by God?
Is Salvation by faith alone?
What must you do to be saved?
Does Hell exist?
Does anyone ever do anything good?
(5:31) "If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true."
Did Jesus bears witness of himself?
(5:37) "Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape."
Can God be seen?
And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself
away, a multitude being in that place.
Afterward Jesus findeth him in the temple, and said unto him, Behold, thou
art made whole: sin no
more, lest a worse thing come unto thee.
The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him
And therefore did the
Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these
things on the sabbath day.
But Jesus answered
them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work.
Therefore the Jews
sought the more to kill him, because he not only had broken the sabbath,
but said also that God was his Father, making himself equal with God.
Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you,
The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what
things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise.
For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things that himself
doeth: and he will shew him greater works than these, that ye may marvel.
For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the
Son quickeneth whom he will.
For the Father judgeth
no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son:
That all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father. He
that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on
him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into
condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, the hour is coming, and now is, when the dead shall hear
the voice of the Son of God: and they that hear shall live.
For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to
have life in himself;
And hath given him
authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man.
Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in
the graves shall hear his voice,
And shall come forth; they
that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have
done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.
I can of mine own self do nothing: as I hear, I judge: and my judgment is
just; because I seek not mine own will, but the will of the Father which
hath sent me.
If I bear witness of
myself, my witness is not true.
There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness
which he witnesseth of me is true.
Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth.
But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye
might be saved.
He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to
rejoice in his light.
But I have greater witness than that of John: for the works which the
Father hath given me to finish, the same works that I do, bear witness of
me, that the Father hath sent me.
And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me.
have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they
are they which testify of me.||
(5:39) "Search the scriptures."|
Good advice. Because those that search the scriptures are sure to reject them.
And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life.
I receive not honour from men.||
But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you.||
I am come in my Father's name, and ye receive me not: if another shall
come in his own name, him ye will receive.||
How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the
honour that cometh from God only?||
Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that
accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust.||
For had ye believed
Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me.||
(5:46) "Moses ... wrote of me."|
Where? It's a shame he didn't give us chapter and verse.
But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words?
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1. Bart D. Ehrman,
Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed
the Bible and Why, (2005), p.98