Jesus Defends Himself Before
Interwoven Gospels

Now on this account the religious leaders persecuted Jesus: because He did these things on the Sabbath. But Jesus answered them, "My father worketh until now, and I work." For this cause, therefore, the religious leaders sought 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 and said to them, "Verily, verily, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, except what He seeth the Father doing: for whatsoever He doeth, these things the Son also doeth in like manner. For the Father loveth the Son, and showeth Him all things that He Himself doeth; and greater works than these will He show Him, that ye may wonder. For as the Father raiseth the dead and maketh them alive, so also the Son maketh alive whom He will. For neither doth the Father judge any one; but all judgment He hath given to the Son, that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He that honoreth not the Son, honoreth not the Father Who sent Him.

"Verily, verily, I say to you, he that heareth My word and believeth Him Who sent Me, hath everlasting life, and cometh not into judgment, but hath passed out of death into life.Verily, verily, I say to you, the hour cometh and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and they that hear shall live.

For as the Father hath life in Himself, so also He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself; and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is Son of man. Wonder not at this; for an hour is coming in which all who are in the tombs shall hear His voice and shall come forth: those who did good, into a resurrection of life; but those who practiced evil, into a resurrection of judgment.

"I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge, and My judgment is just; because I seek not My own will, but the will of Him Who sent Me. If I testify concerning Myself, My testimony is not true. There is Another Who testifieth concerning Me, and I know that the testimony which He testifieth concerning Me is true. Ye have sent to John, and he hath testified to the truth. But I receive not the testimony from man: but these things I say that ye may be saved. He was the burning and shining lamp, and ye were willing to rejoice for a time in his light. But the testimony I have is greater than John's; for the works which the Father hath given Me to accomplish, these very works that I am doing, testify concerning Me, that the Father hath sent Me.

And the Father Who sent Me, He hath testified concerning Me. Ye have neither heard His voice at any time, nor have ye seen His form. And ye have not His word abiding in you; Because Whom He sent. Him ye believe not.

Ye search the Scriptures, because ye think through them to have everlasting life, and these are they that testify concerning Me; yet ye are not willing to come to Me that ye may have life. I do not take to Myself honor from men. But I know you, that ye have not the love of God in yourselves. I have come in the name of My Father, and ye receive Me not; if another shall come in his own name, him ye will receive. How can ye believe, who receive honor from one amother, while the honor that is from the only God, ye seek not? Think not that I will accuse you to the Father.

"There is one that accuseth you--Moses, in whom you have hoped. For if ye believed Moses, ye would believe Me: for he wrote concerning Me. But if ye believe not his writings, how shall ye believe My words?"

Adapted from The Interwoven Gospels © Books for Living, Inc. Digital Edition by V. Gilbert Beers, © 2009 Bible Studio, LLC. Used by Permission.

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