John 11; John 12

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John 11

1 A man named Lazarus was sick. He lived in the town of Bethany, where Mary and her sister Martha lived.
2 Mary was the woman who later put perfume on the Lord and wiped his feet with her hair. Mary's brother was Lazarus, the man who was now sick.
3 So Mary and Martha sent someone to tell Jesus, "Lord, the one you love is sick."
4 When Jesus heard this, he said, "This sickness will not end in death. It is for the glory of God, to bring glory to the Son of God."
5 Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
6 But when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was for two more days.
7 Then Jesus said to his followers, "Let's go back to Judea."
8 The followers said, "But Teacher, the Jews there tried to stone you to death only a short time ago. Now you want to go back there?"
9 Jesus answered, "Are there not twelve hours in the day? If anyone walks in the daylight, he will not stumble, because he can see by this world's light.
10 But if anyone walks at night, he stumbles because there is no light to help him see."
11 After Jesus said this, he added, "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep, but I am going there to wake him."
12 The followers said, "But Lord, if he is only asleep, he will be all right."
13 Jesus meant that Lazarus was dead, but his followers thought he meant Lazarus was really sleeping.
14 So then Jesus said plainly, "Lazarus is dead.
15 And I am glad for your sakes I was not there so that you may believe. But let's go to him now."
16 Then Thomas (the one called Didymus) said to the other followers, "Let us also go so that we can die with him."
17 When Jesus arrived, he learned that Lazarus had already been dead and in the tomb for four days.
18 Bethany was about two miles from Jerusalem.
19 Many of the Jews had come there to comfort Martha and Mary about their brother.
20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed home.
21 Martha said to Jesus, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.
22 But I know that even now God will give you anything you ask."
23 Jesus said, "Your brother will rise and live again."
24 Martha answered, "I know that he will rise and live again in the resurrectionn on the last day."
25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me will have life even if they die.
26 And everyone who lives and believes in me will never die. Martha, do you believe this?"
27 Martha answered, "Yes, Lord. I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, the One coming to the world."
28 After Martha said this, she went back and talked to her sister Mary alone. Martha said, "The Teacher is here and he is asking for you."
29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to Jesus.
30 Jesus had not yet come into the town but was still at the place where Martha had met him.
31 The Jews were with Mary in the house, comforting her. When they saw her stand and leave quickly, they followed her, thinking she was going to the tomb to cry there.
32 But Mary went to the place where Jesus was. When she saw him, she fell at his feet and said, "Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died."
33 When Jesus saw Mary crying and the Jews who came with her also crying, he was upset and was deeply troubled.
34 He asked, "Where did you bury him?" "Come and see, Lord," they said.
35 Jesus cried.
36 So the Jews said, "See how much he loved him."
37 But some of them said, "If Jesus opened the eyes of the blind man, why couldn't he keep Lazarus from dying?"
38 Again feeling very upset, Jesus came to the tomb. It was a cave with a large stone covering the entrance.
39 Jesus said, "Move the stone away." Martha, the sister of the dead man, said, "But, Lord, it has been four days since he died. There will be a bad smell."
40 Then Jesus said to her, "Didn't I tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?"
41 So they moved the stone away from the entrance. Then Jesus looked up and said, "Father, I thank you that you heard me.
42 I know that you always hear me, but I said these things because of the people here around me. I want them to believe that you sent me."
43 After Jesus said this, he cried out in a loud voice, "Lazarus, come out!"
44 The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with pieces of cloth, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, "Take the cloth off of him and let him go."
45 Many of the Jews, who had come to visit Mary and saw what Jesus did, believed in him.
46 But some of them went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.
47 Then the leading priests and Pharisees called a meeting of the Jewish council. They asked, "What should we do? This man is doing many miracles.
48 If we let him continue doing these things, everyone will believe in him. Then the Romans will come and take away our Temple and our nation."
49 One of the men there was Caiaphas, the high priest that year. He said, "You people know nothing!
50 You don't realize that it is better for one man to die for the people than for the whole nation to be destroyed."
51 Caiaphas did not think of this himself. As high priest that year, he was really prophesying that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation
52 and for God's scattered children to bring them all together and make them one.
53 That day they started planning to kill Jesus.
54 So Jesus no longer traveled openly among the Jews. He left there and went to a place near the desert, to a town called Ephraim and stayed there with his followers.
55 It was almost time for the Jewish Passover Feast. Many from the country went up to Jerusalem before the Passover to do the special things to make themselves pure.
56 The people looked for Jesus and stood in the Temple asking each other, "Is he coming to the Feast? What do you think?"
57 But the leading priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where Jesus was, he must tell them. Then they could arrest him.
Scripture taken from the New Century Version. Copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

John 12

1 Six days before the Passover Feast, Jesus went to Bethany, where Lazarus lived. (Lazarus is the man Jesus raised from the dead.)
2 There they had a dinner for Jesus. Martha served the food, and Lazarus was one of the people eating with Jesus.
3 Mary brought in a pint of very expensive perfume made from pure nard. She poured the perfume on Jesus' feet, and then she wiped his feet with her hair. And the sweet smell from the perfume filled the whole house.
4 Judas Iscariot, one of Jesus' followers who would later turn against him, was there. Judas said,
5 "This perfume was worth three hundred coins. Why wasn't it sold and the money given to the poor?"
6 But Judas did not really care about the poor; he said this because he was a thief. He was the one who kept the money box, and he often stole from it.
7 Jesus answered, "Leave her alone. It was right for her to save this perfume for today, the day for me to be prepared for burial.
8 You will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me."
9 A large crowd of Jews heard that Jesus was in Bethany. So they went there to see not only Jesus but Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead.
10 So the leading priests made plans to kill Lazarus, too.
11 Because of Lazarus many of the Jews were leaving them and believing in Jesus.
12 The next day a great crowd who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover Feast heard that Jesus was coming there.
13 So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Jesus, shouting, "Praisen God! God bless the King of Israel!"
14 Jesus found a colt and sat on it. This was as the Scripture says,
15 "Don't be afraid, people of Jerusalem! Your king is coming, sitting on the colt of a donkey."
16 The followers of Jesus did not understand this at first. But after Jesus was raised to glory, they remembered that this had been written about him and that they had done these things to him.
17 There had been many people with Jesus when he raised Lazarus from the dead and told him to come out of the tomb. Now they were telling others about what Jesus did.
18 Many people went out to meet Jesus, because they had heard about this miracle.
19 So the Pharisees said to each other, "You can see that nothing is going right for us. Look! The whole world is following him."
20 There were some Greek people, too, who came to Jerusalem to worship at the Passover Feast.
21 They went to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said, "Sir, we would like to see Jesus."
22 Philip told Andrew, and then Andrew and Philip told Jesus.
23 Jesus said to them, "The time has come for the Son of Man to receive his glory.
24 I tell you the truth, a grain of wheat must fall to the ground and die to make many seeds. But if it never dies, it remains only a single seed.
25 Those who love their lives will lose them, but those who hate their lives in this world will keep true life forever.
26 Whoever serves me must follow me. Then my servant will be with me everywhere I am. My Father will honor anyone who serves me.
27 "Now I am very troubled. Should I say, 'Father, save me from this time'? No, I came to this time so I could suffer.
28 Father, bring glory to your name!" Then a voice came from heaven, "I have brought glory to it, and I will do it again."
29 The crowd standing there, who heard the voice, said it was thunder. But others said, "An angel has spoken to him."
30 Jesus said, "That voice was for your sake, not mine.
31 Now is the time for the world to be judged; now the ruler of this world will be thrown down.
32 If I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people toward me."
33 Jesus said this to show how he would die.
34 The crowd said, "We have heard from the law that the Christ will live forever. So why do you say, 'The Son of Man must be lifted up'? Who is this 'Son of Man'?"
35 Then Jesus said, "The light will be with you for a little longer, so walk while you have the light. Then the darkness will not catch you. If you walk in the darkness, you will not know where you are going.
36 Believe in the light while you still have it so that you will become children of light." When Jesus had said this, he left and hid himself from them.
37 Though Jesus had done many miracles in front of the people, they still did not believe in him.
38 This was to bring about what Isaiah the prophet had said: "Lord, who believed what we told them? Who saw the Lord's power in this?"
39 This is why the people could not believe: Isaiah also had said,
40 "He has blinded their eyes, and he has closed their minds. Otherwise they would see with their eyes and understand in their minds and come back to me and be healed."
41 Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus' glory and spoke about him.
42 But many believed in Jesus, even many of the leaders. But because of the Pharisees, they did not say they believed in him for fear they would be put out of the synagogue.
43 They loved praise from people more than praise from God.
44 Then Jesus cried out, "Whoever believes in me is really believing in the One who sent me.
45 Whoever sees me sees the One who sent me.
46 I have come as light into the world so that whoever believes in me would not stay in darkness.
47 "Anyone who hears my words and does not obey them, I do not judge, because I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world.
48 There is a judge for those who refuse to believe in me and do not accept my words. The word I have taught will be their judge on the last day.
49 The things I taught were not from myself. The Father who sent me told me what to say and what to teach.
50 And I know that eternal life comes from what the Father commands. So whatever I say is what the Father told me to say."
Scripture taken from the New Century Version. Copyright © 1987, 1988, 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.