John 12:20-36 (GOD'S WORD Translation)

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20 Some Greeks were among those who came to worship during the Passover festival. 21 They went to Philip (who was from Bethsaida in Galilee) and told him, "Sir, we would like to meet Jesus." 22 Philip told Andrew, and they told Jesus. 23 Jesus replied to them, "The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 I can guarantee this truth: A single grain of wheat doesn't produce anything unless it is planted in the ground and dies. If it dies, it will produce a lot of grain. 25 Those who love their lives will destroy them, and those who hate their lives in this world will guard them for everlasting life. 26 Those who serve me must follow me. My servants will be with me wherever I will be. If people serve me, the Father will honor them. 27 "I am too deeply troubled now to know how to express my feelings. Should I say, 'Father, save me from this time [of suffering]'? No! I came for this time of suffering. 28 Father, give glory to your name." A voice from heaven said, "I have given it glory, and I will give it glory again." 29 The crowd standing there heard the voice and said that it had thundered. Others in the crowd said that an angel had talked to him. 30 Jesus replied, "That voice wasn't for my benefit but for yours. 31 "This world is being judged now. The ruler of this world will be thrown out now. 32 When I have been lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people toward me." 33 By saying this, he indicated how he was going to die. 34 The crowd responded to him, "We have heard from the Scriptures that the Messiah will remain here forever. So how can you say, 'The Son of Man must be lifted up from the earth'? Who is this 'Son of Man'?" 35 Jesus answered the crowd, "The light will still be with you for a little while. Walk while you have light so that darkness won't defeat you. Those who walk in the dark don't know where they're going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light so that you will become people whose lives show the light." After Jesus had said this, he was concealed as he left.
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