"Come and See": A Web Commentary on the Gospel of John: Section 6 Jesus and the Sabbath


Section 6.2: Jesus Answers His Accusers: The Son and the Father (Jn 5.19-30)


19Then Jesus answered and said to them, 'Amen, Amen, I say to you: the Son cannot do anything on his own, unless he sees his Father doing it. Yes, whatever he does, the Son does likewise. 20For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he is doing, and will show him greater works than these, to amaze you1. 21Indeed just as the Father awakens the dead and makes them alive, so also the Son makes alive those he wishes. 22No, the Father does not judge anyone: rather he has given all judgement to the Son, 23so that everyone may honour the Son as they honour the Father. The one who does not honour the Son does not honour the Father who sent him.

'24Amen, Amen I say to you, the one who listens to my word and trusts in the one who sent me has everlasting life and does not come to judgement, but has passed from death to life. 25Amen, Amen I say to you that the hour is coming and now is when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26For just as the Father has life in himself, so also he has given the Son the ability to have life in himself2.27And he has given him the authority to carry out judgement, because he is Son of Man. 28Do not wonder at this, because the hour is coming in which those in their tombs will hear his voice 29and come forth, the doers of good for the resurrection of life but the evil-doers to the resurrection of judgement.

'30I cannot do anything on my own: I judge just as I hear and my judgement is just. because I do not seek my own will but the will of the one who sent me.'


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1Or so that you wonder; the Greek phrase may express either the purpose or the result of showing greater works.

2Literally he has given the Son to have life in himself.