Book of John
Once more he visited Cana in Galilee, where he had turned the water into wine.
And there was a certain royal official whose son lay sick at Capernaum.
When this man heard that Jesus had arrived in Galilee from Judea, he went to him and begged him to come and heal his son, who was close to death.
‘Sir, come down before my child dies.’
‘Go, your son will live.’
The man took Jesus at his word and departed.
While he was still on the way, his servants met him with the news that his boy was living.
When he enquired as to the time when his son got better, they said to him, ‘Yesterday, at one in the afternoon, the fever left him.’
Then the father realised that this was the exact time at which Jesus had said to him, ‘Your son will live.’
He and his whole household believed.
This was the second sign Jesus performed after coming from Judea to Galilee.
Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool.
Where a great number of disabled people used to lie – the blind, the lame, the paralysed.
One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.
When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him,
‘Do you want to get well?’
‘Sir, I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred.
While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.’
‘Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.’
At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
As he went along, he saw a man blind from birth.
His disciples asked him, ‘Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?’
‘Neither this man nor his parents sinned,’ said Jesus,
‘but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.
While I am in the world, I am the light of the world.’
After saying this, he spat on the ground, made some mud with the saliva, and put it on the man’s eyes.
‘Go, wash in the Pool of Siloam’.
The man went and washed, and came home seeing.
His neighbours and those who had formerly seen him begging asked,
‘Isn’t this the same man who used to sit and beg?’
‘I am the man.’
‘How then were your eyes opened?’ they asked.
‘The man they call Jesus made some mud and put it on my eyes.
He told me to go and wash.
So, I went and washed, and then I could see.’
Now a man named Lazarus was sick.
He was from Bethany, the village of Mary and her sister Martha.
The sisters sent word to Jesus, ‘Lord, the one you love is sick.’
‘This sickness will not end in death.
No, it is for God’s glory so that God’s Son may be glorified through it.’
Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
‘Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
‘Your brother will rise again.’
Jesus, once more deeply moved, came to the tomb.
It was a cave with a stone laid across the entrance.
‘Take away the stone.’
‘But, Lord, by this time there is a bad odour, for he has been there four days.’
‘Did I not tell you that if you believe, you will see the glory of God?’
So they took away the stone.
Then Jesus looked up and said,
‘Father, I thank you that you have heard me.
I knew that you always hear me, but I said this for the benefit of the people standing here, that they may believe that you sent me.’
‘Lazarus, come out!’
The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth round his face.
‘Take off the grave clothes and let him go.’