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Gospel of John

John 5 is the fifth chapter of the Gospel of John of the New Testament of the Christian Bible.


Healing at Bethesda

Jesus goes to Jerusalem for a feast. At the Pool of Bethesda he heals a paralyzed man. Jesus tells him to "Pick up your mat and walk!" This takes place on the sabbath, and many people see the man carrying his mat and tell him this is against the law. He tells them the man who healed him told him to do so, and they ask who that was. He tries to point out Jesus, but he has slipped away into the crowd. Jesus comes to him later and tells him "Stop sinning or something worse may happen to you." The man then tells people it was Jesus who healed him.

This story is very similar to one that takes place in the synoptic gospels, (Mark 2, Mathew 9, Luke 5) but the paralyzed man comes to Jesus at his home in Capernaum, and Jesus at first says the sins of the man are forgiven and only when people question his ability to forgive sins does he say that he could have said pick up your mat and walk. Either Jesus healed two paralyzed men with similar words, or this is really the same story remembered in two ways or a legend of Jesus that altered over time, since Mark was probably written, according to most scholars, at least thirty years before John.

The ruins of the Pool of Bethesda are still standing in Jerusalem.

Jesus is the way to eternal life

People begin to persecute Jesus because he is working on the sabbath and comparing himself to God. Jesus responds that his power comes from his father, and that he has been given the power to judge men from the father. This power is granted to the son because he is the Son of Man, presumable meaning that because Jesus is fully human he knows all that is to be known about men and so can accurately judge them. He then speaks of the future when the dead will rise and the good will be given life and the evil condemned.


Jesus then talks of John's testimony about him. He also says that people study the scriptures hoping for eternal life, but that the scriptures speak of him, and people still refuse to come to him for life. People accept people who preach in their own name but not in one who comes in the name of the father. "How can you believe if you accept praise from one another, yet make no effort to obtain the praise that comes from the only God?" He then speaks of Moses as the accuser of humanity. "But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?"

These teachings of Jesus are almost only found in John. In the synoptic's Jesus only speaks of himself as the messiah in such a straight forward way at the very end, shortly before his death. All this occurs in Jerusalem, where the synoptic's have very little of Jesus's teachings occur in Jerusalam, and then only before his death.

References and Full Text

John 5 New International Version

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Chapters of the Bible
Preceded by:
John 4
Gospel of John
Followed by:
John 6

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From BibleWiki

1: After this there was a feast of the Jews; and Jesus went up to Jerusalem. edit

2: Now there is at Jerusalem by the sheep market a pool, which is called in the Hebrew tongue Bethesda, having five porches. edit

3: In these lay a great multitude of impotent folk, of blind, halt, withered, waiting for the moving of the water. edit

4: 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. edit

5: And a certain man was there, which had an infirmity thirty and eight years. edit

6: 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? edit

7: 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. edit

8: Jesus saith unto him, Rise, take up thy bed, and walk. edit

9: And immediately the man was made whole, and took up his bed, and walked: and on the same day was the sabbath. edit

10: The Jews therefore said unto him that was cured, It is the sabbath day: it is not lawful for thee to carry thy bed. edit

11: He answered them, He that made me whole, the same said unto me, Take up thy bed, and walk. edit

12: Then asked they him, What man is that which said unto thee, Take up thy bed, and walk? edit

13: And he that was healed wist not who it was: for Jesus had conveyed himself away, a multitude being in that place. edit

14: 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. edit

15: The man departed, and told the Jews that it was Jesus, which had made him whole. edit

16: And therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, and sought to slay him, because he had done these things on the sabbath day. edit

17: But Jesus answered them, My Father worketh hitherto, and I work. edit

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. edit

19: 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. edit

20: 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. edit

21: For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and quickeneth them; even so the Son quickeneth whom he will. edit

22: For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son: edit

23: 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. edit

24: 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. edit

25: 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. edit

26: For as the Father hath life in himself; so hath he given to the Son to have life in himself; edit

27: And hath given him authority to execute judgment also, because he is the Son of man. edit

28: Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice, edit

29: 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. edit

30: 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. edit

31: If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true. edit

32: There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true. edit

33: Ye sent unto John, and he bare witness unto the truth. edit

34: But I receive not testimony from man: but these things I say, that ye might be saved. edit

35: He was a burning and a shining light: and ye were willing for a season to rejoice in his light. edit

36: 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. edit

37: And the Father himself, which hath sent me, hath borne witness of me. Ye have neither heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape. edit

38: And ye have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him ye believe not. edit

39: Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me. edit

40: And ye will not come to me, that ye might have life. edit

41: I receive not honour from men. edit

42: But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in you. edit

43: 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. edit

44: How can ye believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour that cometh from God only? edit

45: Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father: there is one that accuseth you, even Moses, in whom ye trust. edit

46: For had ye believed Moses, ye would have believed me; for he wrote of me. edit

47: But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe my words? edit


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