John 5:28 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

John 5:28, NIV: "Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear his voice"

John 5:28, ESV: "Do not marvel at this, for an hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice"

John 5:28, KJV: "Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,"

John 5:28, NASB: "Do not be amazed at this; for a time is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear His voice,"

John 5:28, NLT: "Don't be so surprised! Indeed, the time is coming when all the dead in their graves will hear the voice of God's Son,"

John 5:28, CSB: "Do not be amazed at this, because a time is coming when all who are in the graves will hear his voice"

What does John 5:28 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Jesus has already referred to His power over life and death (John 5:21). Part of this power includes the ability to overcome spiritual death (John 5:24), as well as physical death (John 5:25). It also means that Jesus has the right, as God, to judge all mankind at the eventual end-times resurrection.

One reason Jesus reminds His listeners not to "marvel" at His claim is that this end-times resurrection was a common part of existing Jewish thought. Some groups denied this, such as Sadducees (Acts 23:8). Most Jewish people, though, already understood that there would be a resurrection leading to judgment at some point in the future.

Jesus' purpose in verses 28 and 29 is to link this commonly-accepted belief to His own ministry. The one given power and authority, both for resurrection and judgment, is Jesus Christ. This is the role of the prophetic Son of Man (Daniel 7:13–14), a title Jesus often claims for Himself.