2 Now there is at Jerusalem a pond, called Probatica, which in Hebrew is named Bethsaida, having five porches.
3 In these lay a great multitude of sick, of blind, of lame, of withered; waiting for the moving of the water.
4 And an angel of the Lord descended at certain times into the pond; and the water was moved. And he that went down first into the pond after the motion of the water, was made whole, of whatsoever infirmity he lay under.
5 And there was a certain man there, that had been eight and thirty years under his infirmity.
6 Him when Jesus had seen lying, and knew that he had been now a long time, he saith to him: Wilt thou be made whole?
7 The infirm man answered him: Sir, I have no man, when the water is troubled, to put me into the pond. For whilst I am coming, another goeth down before me.
8 Jesus saith to him: Arise, take up thy bed, and walk.
9 And immediately the man was made whole: and he took up his bed, and walked. And it was the sabbath that day.
10 The Jews therefore said to him that was healed: It is the sabbath; it is not lawful for thee to take up thy bed.
(Be more concerned about the spirit of the law, not the letters of the law, for example, fasting on Friday does not only specifically mean not to eat meat from beef, pork or other warm -blooded mammals, but it implies also a self-imposed sacrifice such as eating something we truly do not like to eat or eat less of something we like.)
11 He answered them: He that made me whole, he said to me, Take up thy bed, and walk.
12 They asked him therefore: Who is that man who said to thee, Take up thy bed, and walk?
13 But he who was healed, knew not who it was; for Jesus went aside from the multitude standing in the place.
14 Afterwards, Jesus findeth him in the temple, and saith to him: Behold thou art made whole: sin no more, lest some worse thing happen to thee.
(Sometimes our illness was caused by our own sin, for example, AIDS and cancers in women and their children caused by taking birth control and other hormones.)
15 The man went his way, and told the Jews, that it was Jesus who had made him whole.
16 Therefore did the Jews persecute Jesus, because he did these things on the sabbath.
17 But Jesus answered them: My Father worketh until now; and I work.
(The Lord works until now, so I work for the salvation of souls.)
18 Hereupon therefore the Jews sought the more to kill him, because he did not only break the sabbath, but also said God was his Father, making himself equal to God.
19 Then Jesus answered, and said to them: Amen, amen, I say unto you, the Son cannot do any thing of himself, but what he seeth the Father doing: for what things soever he doth, these the Son also doth in like manner.
20 For the Father loveth the Son, and sheweth him all things which himself doth: and greater works than these will he shew him, that you may wonder.
21 For as the Father raiseth up the dead, and giveth life: so the Son also giveth life to whom he will.
(Our Lord Jesus gives the eternal life to one who believes in Him.)
22 For neither doth the Father judge any man, but hath given all judgment to the Son.
(Jesus will be the Judge at the moment of death and at the Final Judgment.)
23 That all men may honour the Son, as they honour the Father. He who honoureth not the Son, honoureth not the Father, who hath sent him.
24 Amen, amen I say unto you, that he who heareth my word, and believeth him that sent me, hath life everlasting; and cometh not into judgment, but is passed from death to life.
25 Amen, amen I say unto you, that the hour cometh, and now is, when the dead shall hear the voice of the Son of God, and they that hear shall live.
(One who does not have the Spirit of God in him will live a sinful life, and is a walking dead.)
26 For as the Father hath life in himself, so he hath given the Son also to have life in himself:
27 And he hath given him power to do judgment, because he is the Son of man.
(The Lord Jesus shall judge men as He is both Divine and human.)
28 Wonder not at this; for the hour cometh, wherein all that are in the graves shall hear the voice of the Son of God.
(After He breathed His last from the Cross, all souls of the dead from eternity heard the Voice of the Son of God and felt His Omnipotence.)
29 And they that have done good things, shall come forth unto the resurrection of life; but they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of judgment.
(On the Final Judgment Day, all souls shall be resurrected into their bodies, the blessed will receive a glorious body while the damned shall receive a cursed body, corrupted like a decayed corpe.)
30 I cannot of myself do any thing. As I hear, so I judge: and my judgment is just; because I seek not my own will, but the will of him that sent me.
(The Lord's Judgment is just as the law and commandments were decreed by the Father.)
31 If I bear witness of myself, my witness is not true.
(No one can bear witness for himself.)
32 There is another that beareth witness of me; and I know that the witness which he witnesseth of me is true.
(Jesus talked about St. John the Baptist.)
33 You sent to John, and he gave testimony to the truth.
34 But I receive not testimony from man: but I say these things, that you may be saved.
(The Lord did not need the testimony from a man, even St. John the Baptist. He did so for our own sake.)
35 He was a burning and a shining light: and you were willing for a time to rejoice in his light.
(A life of a servant of the Lord undoubtedly is like a burning light which shines brilliantly for moments, gives it all and then extinguishes into nothingness.)
36 But I have a greater testimony than that of John: for the works which the Father hath given me to perfect; the works themselves, which I do, give testimony of me, that the Father hath sent me.
(The Lord had a better testimony for His Divinity, His Works that the Father had willed Him to do, the works, the teaching, the miracles which could only come from the Son of God.)
37 And the Father himself who hath sent me, hath given testimony of me: neither have you heard his voice at any time, nor seen his shape.
(Believe in the Heavenly Father even you had never seen Him. He Who gave testimony to the Lord Jesus, His beloved Son.)
38 And you have not his word abiding in you: for whom he hath sent, him you believe not.
(A faithless generation, you could not recognize the Son because you disregard the Words of God, the laws that Moses and the prophets handed down to you from generation to generation.)
39 Search the scriptures, for you think in them to have life everlasting; and the same are they that give testimony of me.
(Search the Holy Scripture, you faithless generation, who think that only in them you can achieve salvation, but to you they are merely consisted of dead words or empty intellectual exercises as you had forgotten that only with the love of your God that you could comprehend the true meaning of the Sacred Truth. It is the Living Book which was written only for the living.)
40 And you will not come to me that you may have life.
(Sadly you refuse to come to the Lord your God Who is the Source of Life and Who is longing to give you life in His Sacrament of Love, the Holy Eucharist or His Body and Blood.)
41 I receive glory not from men.
(Imitate the Lord your God, pay no attention to the glory from men which is futile and void.)
42 But I know you, that you have not the love of God in you.
(To the one who is still attached to glory of men, you do not seek the Glory of God, you who do not love the Lord your God. For if you truly love God, you will not seek the vain glory which is the cause of the falling, even of the angels.)
43 I am come in the name of my Father, and you receive me not: if another shall come in his own name, him you will receive.
(Those who rejects Christ their God and His Teachings will put their love and trust in the false gods, the gods of sinful flesh, the gods of gold and materialism, and the gods of self adoration.)
44 How can you believe, who receive glory one from another: and the glory which is from God alone, you do not seek?
(How can you proclaim that you believe in Jesus Chrsit your Saviour while you do not seek Glory from God, instead you seek the glory from other creatures like yourself?)
45 Think not that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one that accuseth you, Moses, in whom you trust.
(Moses shall be the one who accuses the Jews on the judgment day.)
46 For if you did believe Moses, you would perhaps believe me also; for he wrote of me.
47 But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?
(The Jews of Old did not live in the spirit of the laws given
to them by Moses, therefore, they had rejected Jesus and His Words.)