5.13a Replied Critics on Healing on the Sabbath
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Feb 27 Later Jesus found him in the temple and said,” See, you are healed, stop sinning or something worse may befall you.” The man left and told the religious populace that it was Jesus who healed him. So the religious populace persecuted Jesus because he did this on the Sabbath. He replied, “My Father works till now and I work.”2 This made the religious populace more desirous of killing him; he not only broke the Sabbath but also called God his own Father, making himself equal3 with God.
Feb 28 For, the Father has entrusted all judgment to the Son, so all may honor5 the Son as they honor the Father. He who doesn’t honor the Son, doesn’t honor the Father who sent him. Truly I say, he who hears my word and believes Him who sent me, has passed from death and judgment to eternal life. Yes, an hour will come soon, when the dead who will hear my voice will live.6 For as the Father possesses life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have life in himself. As the Son of man, he has authority given him to judge. Don’t marvel at this, in a future hour, all in the graves will hear his voice and come out. Those who did good will rise to life; those who did evil will rise to judgment.
Mar 1 I can do nothing on mine own. I judge as I hear. My judgment is just, because I do my Father’s will, and I don’t seek to please myself. My testimony concerning myself isn’t enough. Another bears witness of me, which witness I know is true. You’ve asked John the Baptist and he has testified to the truth.7 Not that man’s testimony is acceptable to me, but through it you may be saved. John was a shining lamp which you enjoyed for a time. The works8 the Father gave me to complete are greater testimony of me than John, and confirm that the Father sent me, which the Father Himself witnesses of me.
Mar 2 You’ve never heard His voice9 nor seen His form, nor is His word in you, for you don’t believe in the One He sent. You search the scriptures which testify about me, supposing by them you have eternal life. Yet you won’t come to me to have life. I don’t accept men’s praises,10 but I know you, and God’s love isn’t in you. I’ve come in my Father’s name, and you reject me, but another coming in his own name you’ll accept. How can you believe when you receive praise, one from another, and not from the only God?
Don’t think I will accuse you before the Father. Moses11 whom you trust is your accuser. If you believed him, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. Since you don’t believe his words, how will you believe mine?”12