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1 Six days before Passover, Jesus entered Bethany where Lazarus, so recently raised from the dead, was living. 1 Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
2 Lazarus and his sisters invited Jesus to dinner at their home. Martha served. Lazarus was one of those sitting at the table with them. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus' honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him.
3 Mary came in with a jar of very expensive aromatic oils, anointed and massaged Jesus' feet, and then wiped them with her hair. The fragrance of the oils filled the house. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
4 Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples, even then getting ready to betray him, said, 4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected,
5 "Why wasn't this oil sold and the money given to the poor? It would have easily brought three hundred silver pieces." 5 "Why wasn't this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year's wages. "
6 He said this not because he cared two cents about the poor but because he was a thief. He was in charge of their common funds, but also embezzled them. 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
7 Jesus said, "Let her alone. She's anticipating and honoring the day of my burial. 7 "Leave her alone," Jesus replied. "[It was intended] that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial.
8 You always have the poor with you. You don't always have me." 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me."
9 Word got out among the Jews that he was back in town. The people came to take a look, not only at Jesus but also at Lazarus, who had been raised from the dead. 9 Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.
10 So the high priests plotted to kill Lazarus 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well,
11 because so many of the Jews were going over and believing in Jesus on account of him. See How Your King Comes 11 for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him.
12 The next day the huge crowd that had arrived for the Feast heard that Jesus was entering Jerusalem. 12 The next day the great crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem.
13 They broke off palm branches and went out to meet him. And they cheered: Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in God's name! Yes! The King of Israel! 13 They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna! " "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!" "Blessed is the King of Israel!"
14 Jesus got a young donkey and rode it, just as the Scripture has it: 14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written,
15 No fear, Daughter Zion: See how your king comes, riding a donkey's colt. 15 "Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey's colt."
16 The disciples didn't notice the fulfillment of many Scriptures at the time, but after Jesus was glorified, they remembered that what was written about him matched what was done to him. 16 At first his disciples did not understand all this. Only after Jesus was glorified did they realize that these things had been written about him and that they had done these things to him.
17 The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, was there giving eyewitness accounts. 17 Now the crowd that was with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word.
18 It was because they had spread the word of this latest God-sign that the crowd swelled to a welcoming parade. 18 Many people, because they had heard that he had given this miraculous sign, went out to meet him.
19 The Pharisees took one look and threw up their hands: "It's out of control. The world's in a stampede after him." A Grain of Wheat Must Die 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, "See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!"
20 There were some Greeks in town who had come up to worship at the Feast. 20 Now there were some Greeks among those who went up to worship at the Feast.
21 They approached Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee: "Sir, we want to see Jesus. Can you help us?" 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, with a request. "Sir," they said, "we would like to see Jesus."
22 Philip went and told Andrew. Andrew and Philip together told Jesus. 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.
23 Jesus answered, "Time's up. The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 23 Jesus replied, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
24 "Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. 24 I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.
25 In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you'll have it forever, real and eternal. 25 The man who loves his life will lose it, while the man who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
26 "If any of you wants to serve me, then follow me. Then you'll be where I am, ready to serve at a moment's notice. The Father will honor and reward anyone who serves me. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me.
27 "Right now I am storm-tossed. And what am I going to say? 'Father, get me out of this'? No, this is why I came in the first place. 27 "Now my heart is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? No, it was for this very reason I came to this hour.
28 I'll say, 'Father, put your glory on display.'" A voice came out of the sky: "I have glorified it, and I'll glorify it again." 28 Father, glorify your name!" Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and will glorify it again."
29 The listening crowd said, "Thunder!" Others said, "An angel spoke to him!" 29 The crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered; others said an angel had spoken to him.
30 Jesus said, "The voice didn't come for me but for you. 30 Jesus said, "This voice was for your benefit, not mine.
31 At this moment the world is in crisis. Now Satan, the ruler of this world, will be thrown out. 31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of this world will be driven out.
32 And I, as I am lifted up from the earth, will attract everyone to me and gather them around me." 32 But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself."
33 He put it this way to show how he was going to be put to death. 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die.
34 Voices from the crowd answered, "We heard from God's Law that the Messiah lasts forever. How can it be necessary, as you put it, that the Son of Man 'be lifted up'? Who is this 'Son of Man'?" 34 The crowd spoke up, "We have heard from the Law that the Christ will remain forever, so how can you say, 'The Son of Man must be lifted up'? Who is this 'Son of Man'?"
35 Jesus said, "For a brief time still, the light is among you. Walk by the light you have so darkness doesn't destroy you. If you walk in darkness, you don't know where you're going. 35 Then Jesus told them, "You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, before darkness overtakes you. The man who walks in the dark does not know where he is going.
36 As you have the light, believe in the light. Then the light will be within you, and shining through your lives. You'll be children of light." 36 Put your trust in the light while you have it, so that you may become sons of light." When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them.
37 All these God-signs he had given them and they still didn't get it, still wouldn't trust him. 37 Even after Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in their presence, they still would not believe in him.
38 This proved that the prophet Isaiah was right: God, who believed what we preached? Who recognized God's arm, outstretched and ready to act? 38 This was to fulfill the word of Isaiah the prophet: "Lord, who has believed our message and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?"
39 First they wouldn't believe, then they couldn't - again, just as Isaiah said: 39 For this reason they could not believe, because, as Isaiah says elsewhere:
40 Their eyes are blinded, their hearts are hardened, So that they wouldn't see with their eyes and perceive with their hearts, And turn to me, God, so I could heal them. 40 "He has blinded their eyes and deadened their hearts, so they can neither see with their eyes, nor understand with their hearts, nor turn--and I would heal them."
41 Isaiah said these things after he got a glimpse of God's cascading brightness that would pour through the Messiah. 41 Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus' glory and spoke about him.
42 On the other hand, a considerable number from the ranks of the leaders did believe. But because of the Pharisees, they didn't come out in the open with it. They were afraid of getting kicked out of the meeting place. 42 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue;
43 When push came to shove they cared more for human approval than for God's glory. 43 for they loved praise from men more than praise from God.
44 Jesus summed it all up when he cried out, "Whoever believes in me, believes not just in me but in the One who sent me. 44 Then Jesus cried out, "When a man believes in me, he does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me.
45 Whoever looks at me is looking, in fact, at the One who sent me. 45 When he looks at me, he sees the one who sent me.
46 I am Light that has come into the world so that all who believe in me won't have to stay any longer in the dark. 46 I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
47 "If anyone hears what I am saying and doesn't take it seriously, I don't reject him. I didn't come to reject the world; 47 "As for the person who hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge him. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save it.
48 I came to save the world. But you need to know that whoever puts me off, refusing to take in what I'm saying, is willfully choosing rejection. The Word, the Word-made-flesh that I have spoken and that I am, that Word and no other is the last word. 48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; that very word which I spoke will condemn him at the last day.
49 I'm not making any of this up on my own. The Father who sent me gave me orders, told me what to say and how to say it. 49 For I did not speak of my own accord, but the Father who sent me commanded me what to say and how to say it.
50 And I know exactly what his command produces: real and eternal life. That's all I have to say. What the Father told me, I tell you." 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say."