24 “Very truly I tell you, whoever hears my word and believes him who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged but has crossed over from death to life. 25 Very truly I tell you, a time is coming and has now come when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God and those who hear will live. 26 For as the Father has life in himself, so he has granted the Son also to have life in himself. 27 And he has given him authority to judge because he is the Son of Man.
28 “Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice 29 and come out—those who have done what is good will rise to live, and those who have done what is evil will rise to be condemned. 30 By myself I can do nothing; I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me.
31 “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. 32 There is another who testifies in my favor, and I know that his testimony about me is true.
33 “You have sent to John and he has testified to the truth. 34 Not that I accept human testimony; but I mention it that you may be saved. 35 John was a lamp that burned and gave light, and you chose for a time to enjoy his light.
36 “I have testimony weightier than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to finish—the very works that I am doing—testify that the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has himself testified concerning me. You have never heard his voice nor seen his form, 38 nor does his word dwell in you, for you do not believe the one he sent. 39 You study[a] the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life. These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, 40 yet you refuse to come to me to have life.
41 “I do not accept glory from human beings, 42 but I know you. I know that you do not have the love of God in your hearts. 43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; but if someone else comes in his own name, you will accept him. 44 How can you believe since you accept glory from one another but do not seek the glory that comes from the only God[b]?
45 “But do not think I will accuse you before the Father. Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set. 46 If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. 47 But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?”
Jesus, Son of God
In verses 24-30, Jesus spells out the practical implications of His being the Son of God.
What does it mean in verse 24 when it says “Whoever hears my word and believes Him who sent me has eternal life”?
Verse 26 Why is Jesus having life in Himself significant?
Verse 27 Why has God given the Son authority to judge?
What are the points Jesus is making in verses 28-30?
Our Lord knows what His opponents are thinking and so at the outset of His testimony He informs them He knows they will not accept His testimony alone. Why is that?
• Who is the witness in verses 33-35?
• Who is the witness in verse 36?
• Who is the witness in verses 37-38?
• Who is the witness in verse 39?
How does the Lord’s tone change in verse 37?
The reasons for their unbelief.
• Verses 40-41 Reason for unbelief?
• Verse 42 Reason for unbelief?
• Verse 43 Reason for unbelief?
How did they reject the testimony of (the Father) through Moses?
• If you believed Moses, you would believe Me.
• For he wrote about Me. Where did Moses write about Jesus?