The disciples of John told him about all these things.
John, calling to himself two of his disciples, sent them to Jesus, saying,
"Are you the one who is coming, or should we look for another?"
When the men had come to him, they said,
"John the Baptizer has sent us to you, saying,
'Are you he who comes, or should we look for another?'"
In that hour he cured many of diseases and plagues and evil spirits; and to many who were blind he gave sight.
Jesus answered them,
"Go and tell John the things which you have seen and heard: that the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. [Isa 29:18]
Now when John heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples
and said to him,
"Are you he who comes, or should we look for another?"
Jesus answered them,
"Go and tell John the things which you hear and see:
the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, [Isa 35:5]
the dead are raised up, and the poor have good news preached to them. [Isa 61:1]
Blessed is he who finds no occasion for stumbling in me."
As these went their way, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John,
"What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
But what did you go out to see? A man in soft clothing? Behold, those who wear soft clothing are in kingís houses.
But why did you go out? To see a prophet? Yes, I tell you, and much more than a prophet.
For this is he, of whom it is written,
'Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.' [Mal 3:1]
Most certainly I tell you, among those who are born of women there has not arisen anyone greater than John the Baptizer; yet he who is least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he.
From the days of John the Baptizer until now, the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.
For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.
If you are willing to receive it, this is Elijah, who is to come.
In these lay a great multitude of those who were sick, blind, lame, or paralyzed, waiting for the moving of the water;
for an angel of the Lord went down at certain times into the pool, and stirred up the water. Whoever stepped in first after the stirring of the water was made whole of whatever disease he had.
A certain man was there, who had been sick for thirty-eight years.
When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he had been sick for a long time, he asked him,
"Do you want to be made well?"
The sick man answered him,
"Sir, I have no one to put me into the pool when the water is stirred up, but while Iím coming, another steps down before me."
Jesus said to him,
"Arise, take up your mat, and walk."
Immediately, the man was made well, and took up his mat and walked.
Now it was the Sabbath on that day.
So the Jews said to him who was cured,
"It is the Sabbath. It is not lawful for you to carry the mat."
He answered them,
"He who made me well, the same said to me,
'Take up your mat, and walk.'"
Then they asked him,
"Who is the man who said to you,
'Take up your mat, and walk'?"
But he who was healed didnít know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a crowd being in the place.
Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him,
"Behold, you are made well. Sin no more, so that nothing worse happens to you."
The man went away, and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.
For this cause the Jews persecuted Jesus, and sought to kill him, because he did these things on the Sabbath.
Jerusalem - by explaining his assigned work and authority, Jesus offended Jewish leaders, putting them on the defensive:
"My Father is still working, so I am working, too."
For this cause therefore the Jews sought all the more to kill him, because he not only broke the Sabbath, but also called God his own Father, making himself equal with God.
Jesus therefore answered them,
"Most certainly, I tell you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he sees the Father doing. For whatever things he does, these the Son also does likewise.
For the Father has affection for the Son, and shows him all things that he himself does. He will show him greater works than these, that you may marvel.
For as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom he desires.
For the Father judges no one, but he has given all judgment to the Son,
that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who doesnít honor the Son doesnít honor the Father who sent him.
Most certainly I tell you, he who hears my word, and believes him who sent me, has eternal life, and doesnít come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.
Most certainly, I tell you, the hour comes, and now is, when the dead will hear the Son of Godís voice; and those who hear will live.
For as the Father has life in himself, even so he gave to the Son also to have life in himself.
He also gave him authority to execute judgment, because he is a son of man.
Donít marvel at this, for the hour comes, in which all that are in the tombs will hear his voice,
and will come out; those who have done good, to the resurrection of life; and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of judgment.
I can of myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge, and my judgment is righteous; because I donít seek my own will, but the will of my Father who sent me.