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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)

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A Man Healed at the Pool of Bethesda


1 After athis there was a feast of the Jews, and Jesus bwent up to Jerusalem.
2 Now there is in Jerusalem aby the Sheep Gate a pool, which is called in Hebrew, 1Bethesda, having five porches.
3 In these lay a great multitude of sick people, blind, lame, 1paralyzed, 2waiting for the moving of the water.
4 For an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water; then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring of the water, was made well of whatever disease he had.
5 Now a certain man was there who had an infirmity thirty-eight years.
6 When Jesus saw him lying there, and knew that he already had been in that condition a long time, He said to him, “Do you want to be made well?”
7 The sick man answered Him, “Sir, I have no man to put me into

CHAPTER 5 References

1 aDeut. 16:16
bJohn 2:13
2 aNeh. 3:1,
32; 12:39 1NU
3 1withered
2NU omits the
rest of v. 3
and all of v. 4.
8 aLuke 5:24
9 aJohn 9:14
10 aJer. 17:21,
13 aLuke
13:14; 22:51
14 aJohn 8:11
16 aJohn 8:37;
10:39 1NU
omits and
sought to kill
17 a[John 9:4;
17:4] 18 aJohn 7:1,
19 bJohn
19 aJohn 5:30;
6:38; 8:28;
12:49; 14:10
20 aMatt. 3:17
b[Matt. 11:27] 21 a[John
11:25] 22 a[Acts
17:31] 23 a1 John
24 aJohn 3:16,
18; 6:47

JOHN 5:24

the pool when the water is stirred up; but while I am coming, another steps down before me.”
8 Jesus said to him, a“Rise, take up your bed and walk.”
9 And immediately the man was made well, took up his bed, and walked. And athat day was the Sabbath.
10 The Jews therefore said to him who was cured, “It is the Sabbath; ait is not lawful for you to carry your bed.”
11 He answered them, “He who made me well said to me, ‘Take up your bed and walk.’ ”
12 Then they asked him, “Who is the Man who said to you, ‘Take up your bed and walk’?”
13 But the one who was ahealed did not know who it was, for Jesus had withdrawn, a multitude being in that place.
14 Afterward Jesus found him in the temple, and said to him, “See, you have been made well. aSin no more, lest a worse thing come upon you.”
15 The man departed and told the Jews that it was Jesus who had made him well.

Honor the Father and the Son

16 For this reason the Jews apersecuted Jesus, 1and sought to kill Him, because He had done these things on the Sabbath.
17 But Jesus answered them, a“My Father has been working until now, and I have been working.”
18 Therefore the Jews asought all the more to kill Him, because He not only broke the Sabbath, but also said that God was His Father, bmaking Himself equal with God.
19 Then Jesus answered and said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, athe Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.
20 “For athe Father loves the Son, and bshows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel.
21 “For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, aeven so the Son gives life to whom He will.
22 “For the Father judges no one, but ahas committed all judgment to the Son,
23 “that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. aHe who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.

Life and Judgment Are Through the Son

24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, ahe who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into

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JOHN 5:25

judgment, bbut has passed from death into life.
25 “Most assuredly, I say to you, the hour is coming, and now is, when athe dead will hear the voice of the Son of God; and those who hear will live.
26 “For aas the Father has life in Himself, so He has granted the Son to have blife in Himself,
27 “and ahas given Him authority to execute judgment also, bbecause He is the Son of Man.
28 “Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will ahear His voice
29 a“and come forth—bthose who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.
30 a“I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because bI do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

The Fourfold Witness

31 a“If I bear witness of Myself, My witness is not 1true.
32 a“There is another who bears witness of Me, and I know that the witness which He witnesses of Me is true.
33 “You have sent to John, aand he has borne witness to the truth.
34 “Yet I do not receive testimony from man, but I say these things that you may be saved.
35 “He was the burning and ashining lamp, and byou were willing for a time to rejoice in his light.
36 “But aI have a greater witness than John’s; for bthe works which the Father has given Me to finish—the very cworks that I do—bear witness of Me, that the Father has sent Me.
37 “And the Father Himself, who sent Me, ahas testified of Me. You have neither heard His voice at any time, bnor seen His form.
38 “But you do not have His word abiding in you, because whom He sent, Him you do not believe.
39 a“You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and bthese are they which testify of Me.
40 a“But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.
41 a“I do not receive honor from men.
42 “But I know you, that you do not have the love of God in you.
43 “I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, him you will receive.
44 a“How can you believe, who receive honor from one another, and do not seek bthe honor that comes from the only God?
45 “Do not think that I shall accuse

24 b[1 John
3:14] 25 a[Col. 2:13] 26 aPs. 36:9
b1 Cor. 15:45
27 a[Acts
10:42; 17:31] bDan. 7:13
28 a[1 Thess.
4:15–17] 29 aIs. 26:19
bDan. 12:2
30 aJohn 5:19
bMatt. 26:39
31 aJohn 8:14
1valid as testimony
32 a[Matt.
3:17] 33 a[John 1:15,
19, 27, 32] 35 a2 Pet. 1:19
bMark 6:20
36 a1 John 5:9
bJohn 3:2;
10:25; 17:4
cJohn 9:16;
37 aMatt. 3:17
b1 John 4:12
39 aIs. 8:20;
34:16 bLuke
40 a[John 1:11;
3:19] 41 a1 Thess.
44 aJohn 12:43
b[Rom. 2:29] 45 aRom. 2:12
46 aDeut.
18:15, 18
47 aLuke
16:29, 31

CHAPTER 6 References

1 aMark 6:32
bJohn 6:23;
2 aMatt. 4:23;
8:16; 9:35;
14:36; 15:30;
19:2 1sick
4 aDeut. 16:1
5 aMatt. 14:14
bJohn 1:43
7 aNum. 11:21,
8 aJohn 1:40
9 a2 Kin. 4:43
11 1NU omits
to the disciples,
and the
14 aGen. 49:10
15 a[John
18:36] 16 aMatt. 14:23

you to the Father; athere is one who accuses you—Moses, in whom you trust.
46 “For if you believed Moses, you would believe Me; afor he wrote about Me.
47 “But if you ado not believe his writings, how will you believe My words?”

Feeding the Five Thousand


1 After athese things Jesus went over the Sea of Galilee, which is the Sea of bTiberias.
2 Then a great multitude followed Him, because they saw His signs which He performed on those who were adiseased.1
3 And Jesus went up on the mountain, and there He sat with His disciples.
4 aNow the Passover, a feast of the Jews, was near.
5 aThen Jesus lifted up His eyes, and seeing a great multitude coming toward Him, He said to bPhilip, “Where shall we buy bread, that these may eat?”
6 But this He said to test him, for He Himself knew what He would do.
7 Philip answered Him, a“Two hundred denarii worth of bread is not sufficient for them, that every one of them may have a little.”
8 One of His disciples, aAndrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to Him,
9 “There is a lad here who has five barley loaves and two small fish, abut what are they among so many?”
10 Then Jesus said, “Make the people sit down.” Now there was much grass in the place. So the men sat down, in number about five thousand.
11 And Jesus took the loaves, and when He had given thanks He distributed them 1to the disciples, and the disciples to those sitting down; and likewise of the fish, as much as they wanted.
12 So when they were filled, He said to His disciples, “Gather up the fragments that remain, so that nothing is lost.”
13 Therefore they gathered them up, and filled twelve baskets with the fragments of the five barley loaves which were left over by those who had eaten.
14 Then those men, when they had seen the sign that Jesus did, said, “This is truly athe Prophet who is to come into the world.”

Jesus Walks on the Sea

15 Therefore when Jesus perceived that they were about to come and take Him by force to make Him aking, He departed again to the mountain by Himself alone.
16 aNow when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea,
17 got into the boat, and went over

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the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them.
18 Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing.
19 So when they had rowed about 1three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were aafraid.
20 But He said to them, a“It is I; do not be afraid.”
21 Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.

The Bread from Heaven

22 On the following day, when the people who were standing on the other side of the sea saw that there was no other boat there, except 1that one 2which His disciples had entered, and that Jesus had not entered the boat with His disciples, but His disciples had gone away alone—
23 however, other boats came from Tiberias, near the place where they ate bread after the Lord had given thanks—
24 when the people therefore saw that Jesus was not there, nor His disciples, they also got into boats and came to Capernaum, aseeking Jesus.
25 And when they found Him on the other side of the sea, they said to Him, “Rabbi, when did You come here?”
26 Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled.
27 a“Do not labor for the food which perishes, but bfor the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, cbecause God the Father has set His seal on Him.”
28 Then they said to Him, “What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?”
29 Jesus answered and said to them, a“This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent.”
30 Therefore they said to Him, a“What sign will You perform then, that we may see it and believe You? What work will You do?
31 a“Our fathers ate the manna in the desert; as it is written, b‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’ ”
32 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, Moses did not give you the bread from heaven, but aMy Father gives you the true bread from heaven.
33 “For the bread of God is He who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.”
34 aThen they said to Him, “Lord, give us this bread always.”
35 And Jesus said to them, a“I am the bread of life. bHe who comes to

19 aMatt. 17:6
1Lit. 25 or 30
20 aIs. 43:1, 2
22 1NU omits
that 2NU
omits which
His disciples
had entered
24 aLuke 4:42
27 aMatt. 6:19
bJohn 4:14
cActs 2:22
29 a[1 John
3:23] 30 aMatt.
12:38; 16:1
31 aEx. 16:15
bEx. 16:4, 15;
Neh. 9:15; Ps.
32 aJohn 3:13,
34 aJohn 4:15
35 aJohn 6:48,
58 bJohn
4:14; 7:37
cIs. 55:1, 2
36 aJohn 6:26,
64; 15:24
bJohn 10:26
37 aJohn 6:45
b2 Tim. 2:19
1certainly not
38 aMatt. 26:39
bJohn 4:34
39 aJohn
10:28; 17:12;
40 aJohn 3:15,
16; 4:14; 6:27,
47, 54
41 1grumbled
42 aMatt. 13:55
43 1Stop
44 aSong 1:4
b[Phil. 1:29;
2:12, 13] 45 aIs. 54:13
bJohn 6:37
1M hears and
has learned
46 aJohn 1:18
bMatt. 11:27
47 a[John 3:16,
18] 1NU omits
in Me
48 aJohn 6:33,
49 aJohn 6:31,
50 aJohn 6:51,
51 aJohn 3:13
bHeb. 10:5
52 aJohn 7:43;
9:16; 10:19
53 aMatt. 26:26
54 aJohn 4:14;
6:27, 40

JOHN 6:54

Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never cthirst.
36 a“But I said to you that you have seen Me and yet bdo not believe.
37 a“All that the Father gives Me will come to Me, and bthe one who comes to Me I will 1by no means cast out.
38 “For I have come down from heaven, anot to do My own will, bbut the will of Him who sent Me.
39 “This is the will of the Father who sent Me, athat of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.
40 “And this is the will of Him who sent Me, athat everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him may have everlasting life; and I will raise him up at the last day.”

Rejected by His Own

41 The Jews then 1complained about Him, because He said, “I am the bread which came down from heaven.”
42 And they said, a“Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that He says, ‘I have come down from heaven’?”
43 Jesus therefore answered and said to them, 1“Do not murmur among yourselves.
44 a“No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me bdraws him; and I will raise him up at the last day.
45 “It is written in the prophets, a‘And they shall all be taught by God.’ bTherefore everyone who 1has heard and learned from the Father comes to Me.
46 a“Not that anyone has seen the Father, bexcept He who is from God; He has seen the Father.
47 “Most assuredly, I say to you, ahe who believes 1in Me has everlasting life.
48 a“I am the bread of life.
49 a“Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and are dead.
50 a“This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that one may eat of it and not die.
51 “I am the living bread awhich came down from heaven. If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and bthe bread that I shall give is My flesh, which I shall give for the life of the world.”
52 The Jews therefore aquarreled among themselves, saying, “How can this Man give us His flesh to eat?”
53 Then Jesus said to them, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless ayou eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you have no life in you.
54 a“Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day.

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JOHN 6:55

55 “For My flesh is 1food indeed, and My blood is 2drink indeed.
56 “He who eats My flesh and drinks My blood aabides in Me, and I in him.
57 “As the living Father sent Me, and I live because of the Father, so he who feeds on Me will live because of Me.
58 a“This is the bread which came down from heaven—not bas your fathers ate the manna, and are dead. He who eats this bread will live forever.”
59 These things He said in the synagogue as He taught in Capernaum.

Many Disciples Turn Away

60 aTherefore many of His disciples, when they heard this, said, “This is a 1hard saying; who can understand it?”
61 When Jesus knew in Himself that His disciples 1complained about this, He said to them, “Does this 2offend you?
62 a“What then if you should see the Son of Man ascend where He was before?
63 a“It is the Spirit who gives life; the bflesh profits nothing. The cwords that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life.
64 “But athere are some of you who do not believe.” For bJesus knew from the beginning who they were who did not believe, and who would betray Him.
65 And He said, “Therefore aI have said to you that no one can come to Me unless it has been granted to him by My Father.”
66 aFrom that time many of His disciples went 1back and walked with Him no more.
67 Then Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you also want to go away?”
68 But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have athe words of eternal life.
69 a“Also we have come to believe and know that You are the 1Christ, the Son of the living God.”
70 Jesus answered them, a“Did I not choose you, the twelve, band one of you is a devil?”
71 He spoke of aJudas Iscariot, the son of Simon, for it was he who would bbetray Him, being one of the twelve.

55 1NU true
food 2NU true
56 a[1 John
3:24; 4:15, 16] 58 aJohn
6:49–51 bEx.
60 aJohn 6:66
61 1grumbled
2make you
62 aActs 1:9;
2:32, 33
63 a2 Cor. 3:6
bJohn 3:6
c[John 6:68;
14:24] 64 aJohn 6:36
bJohn 2:24,
25; 13:11
65 aJohn 6:37,
44, 45
66 aLuke 9:62
1Or away; lit.
to the back
68 aActs 5:20
69 aLuke 9:20
1NU Holy One
of God.
70 aLuke 6:13
b[John 13:27] 71 aJohn 12:4;
13:2, 26 bMatt.

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The Eternal Faithfulness of the LORD

1 OH, agive thanks to the LORD! Call upon His name; bMake known His deeds among the peoples!
2 Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him; aTalk of all His wondrous works!
3 Glory in His holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the LORD!
4 Seek the LORD and His strength; aSeek His face evermore!
5 aRemember His marvelous works which He has done, His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth,
6 O seed of Abraham His servant, You children of Jacob, His chosen ones!

7 He is the LORD our God; aHis judgments are in all the earth.
8 He aremembers His covenant forever, The word which He commanded, for a thousand generations,
9 aThe covenant which He made with Abraham, And His oath to Isaac,
10 And confirmed it to Jacob for a statute, To Israel as an everlasting covenant,
11 Saying, a“To you I will give the land of Canaan As the allotment of your inheritance,”
12 aWhen they were few in number, Indeed very few, band strangers in it.

13 When they went from one nation to another, From one kingdom to another people,
14 aHe permitted no one to do them wrong; Yes, bHe rebuked kings for their sakes,
15 Saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones, And do My prophets no harm.”

PSALM 105 References

1 a1 Chr.
16:8–22, 34;
Ps. 106:1; Is.
12:4 bPs.
2 aPs. 119:27
4 aPs. 27:8
5 aPs. 77:11
7 a[Is. 26:9] 8 aLuke 1:72
9 aGen. 17:2;
Luke 1:73;
[Gal. 3:17];
Heb. 6:17
11 aGen. 13:15;
12 aGen. 34:30;
[Deut. 7:7] bGen. 23:4;
Heb. 11:9
14 aGen. 35:5
bGen. 12:17
16 aGen. 41:54
bLev. 26:26; Is.
3:1; Ezek. 4:16
17 a[Gen. 45:5] bGen. 37:28,
36; Acts 7:9
18 aGen. 40:15
1His soul
came into
19 aGen.
41:25, 42, 43
20 aGen. 41:14
21 aGen.
22 1Bind as
23 aGen. 46:6;
Acts 7:15 bPs.
24 aEx. 1:7, 9
25 aEx. 1:8–10;
26 aEx. 3:10;
27 aEx. 7—12;
Ps. 78:43
29 aEx. 7:20,
21; Ps. 78:44
30 aEx. 8:6
31 aEx. 8:16,
32 aEx. 9:23–25
33 aPs. 78:47
34 aEx. 10:4

16 Moreover aHe called for a famine in the land; He destroyed all the bprovision of bread.
17 aHe sent a man before them— Joseph—who bwas sold as a slave.
18 aThey hurt his feet with fetters, 1He was laid in irons.
19 Until the time that his word came to pass, aThe word of the LORD tested him.
20 aThe king sent and released him, The ruler of the people let him go free.
21 aHe made him lord of his house, And ruler of all his possessions,
22 To 1bind his princes at his pleasure, And teach his elders wisdom.

23 aIsrael also came into Egypt, And Jacob dwelt bin the land of Ham.
24 aHe increased His people greatly, And made them stronger than their enemies.
25 aHe turned their heart to hate His people, To deal craftily with His servants.

26 aHe sent Moses His servant, And Aaron whom He had chosen.
27 They aperformed His signs among them, And wonders in the land of Ham.
28 He sent darkness, and made it dark; And they did not rebel against His word.
29 aHe turned their waters into blood, And killed their fish.
30 aTheir land abounded with frogs, Even in the chambers of their kings.
31 aHe spoke, and there came swarms of flies, And lice in all their territory.
32 aHe gave them hail for rain, And flaming fire in their land.
33 aHe struck their vines also, and their fig trees, And splintered the trees of their territory.
34 aHe spoke, and locusts came, Young locusts without number,

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35 And ate up all the vegetation in their land, And devoured the fruit of their ground.
36 aHe also 1destroyed all the firstborn in their land, bThe first of all their strength.

37 aHe also brought them out with silver and gold, And there was none feeble among His tribes.
38 aEgypt was glad when they departed, For the fear of them had fallen upon them.
39 aHe spread a cloud for a covering, And fire to give light in the night.

36 aEx. 12:29;
13:15 bGen.
49:3 1Lit.
struck down
37 aEx. 12:35,
38 aEx. 12:33
39 aEx. 13:21
40 aEx. 16:12
bPs. 78:24
41 aEx. 17:6
42 aGen. 15:13,
43 1a joyful
44 aJosh.
11:16–23; 13:7
45 a[Deut. 4:1,
40] 1Heb. Hallelujah

40 aThe people asked, and He brought quail, And bsatisfied them with the bread of heaven.
41 aHe opened the rock, and water gushed out; It ran in the dry places like a river.

42 For He remembered aHis holy promise, And Abraham His servant.
43 He brought out His people with joy, His chosen ones with 1gladness.
44 aHe gave them the lands of the 1Gentiles, And they inherited the labor of the nations,
45 aThat they might observe His statutes And keep His laws. 1Praise the LORD!



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