John 11; John 12

1 A man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village where Mary and her sister Martha lived. 2 Mary would later pour perfume on the Lord. She would also wipe his feet with her hair. Her brother Lazarus was sick in bed. 3 So the sisters sent a message to Jesus. "Lord," they told him, "the one you love is sick." 4 When Jesus heard this, he said, "This sickness will not end in death. No, it is for God's glory. God's Son will receive glory because of it." 5 Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus. 6 But after he heard Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was for two more days. 7 Then he said to his disciples, "Let us go back to Judea." 8 "But Rabbi," they said, "a short time ago the Jews tried to kill you with stones. Are you still going back there?" 9 Jesus answered, "Aren't there 12 hours of daylight? A person who walks during the day won't trip and fall. He can see because of this world's light. 10 But when he walks at night, he'll trip and fall. He has no light." 11 After he said this, Jesus went on speaking to them. "Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep," he said. "But I am going there to wake him up." 12 His disciples replied, "Lord, if he's sleeping, he will get better." 13 Jesus had been speaking about the death of Lazarus. But his disciples thought he meant natural sleep. 14 So then he told them plainly, "Lazarus is dead. 15 For your benefit, I am glad I was not there. Now you will believe. But let us go to him." 16 Then Thomas, who was called Didymus, spoke to the rest of the disciples. "Let us go also," he said. "Then we can die with Jesus." 17 When Jesus arrived, he found out that Lazarus had already been in the tomb for four days. 18 Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem. 19 Many Jews had come to Martha and Mary. They had come to comfort them because their brother was dead. 20 When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him. But Mary stayed at home. 21 "Lord," Martha said to Jesus, "I wish you had been here! Then my brother would not have died. 22 But I know that even now God will give you anything you ask for." 23 Jesus said to her, "Your brother will rise again." 24 Martha answered, "I know he will rise again. This will happen when people are raised from the dead on the last day." 25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection and the life. Anyone who believes in me will live, even if he dies. 26 And those who live and believe in me will never die. Do you believe this?" 27 "Yes, Lord," she told him. "I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God. I believe that you are the One who was supposed to come into the world." 28 After she said this, she went back home. She called her sister Mary to one side to talk to her. "The Teacher is here," Martha said. "He is asking for you." 29 When Mary heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 Jesus had not yet entered the village. He was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 Some Jews had been comforting Mary in the house. They noticed how quickly she got up and went out. So they followed her. They thought she was going to the tomb to cry there. 32 Mary reached the place where Jesus was. When she saw him, she fell at his feet. She said, "Lord, I wish you had been here! Then my brother would not have died." 33 Jesus saw her crying. He saw that the Jews who had come along with her were crying also. His spirit became very sad, and he was troubled. 34 "Where have you put him?" he asked. "Come and see, Lord," they replied. 35 Jesus sobbed. 36 Then the Jews said, "See how much he loved him!" 37 But some of them said, "He opened the eyes of the blind man. Couldn't he have kept this man from dying?" 38 Once more Jesus felt very sad. He came to the tomb. It was a cave with a stone in front of the entrance. 39 "Take away the stone," he said. "But, Lord," said Martha, the sister of the dead man, "by this time there is a bad smell. Lazarus has been in the tomb for four days." 40 Then Jesus said, "Didn't I tell you that if you believed, you would see God's glory?" 41 So they took away the stone. Then Jesus looked up. He said, "Father, I thank you for hearing me. 42 I know that you always hear me. But I said this for the benefit of the people standing here. I said it so they will believe that you sent me." 43 Then Jesus called in a loud voice. He said, "Lazarus, come out!" 44 The dead man came out. His hands and feet were wrapped with strips of linen. A cloth was around his face. Jesus said to them, "Take off the clothes he was buried in and let him go." 45 Many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary saw what Jesus did. So they put their faith in him. 46 But some of them went to the Pharisees. They told the Pharisees what Jesus had done. 47 Then the chief priests and the Pharisees called a meeting of the Sanhedrin. "What can we do?" they asked. "This man is doing many miraculous signs. 48 If we let him keep on doing this, everyone will believe in him. Then the Romans will come. They will take away our temple and our nation." 49 One of them spoke up. His name was Caiaphas. He was high priest at that time. He said, "You don't know anything at all! 50 You don't realize what is good for you. It is better if one man dies for the people than if the whole nation is destroyed." 51 He did not say this on his own. But he was high priest at that time. So he told ahead of time that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation. 52 He also prophesied that Jesus would die for God's children scattered everywhere. He would die to bring them together and make them one. 53 So from that day on, the Jewish rulers planned to kill Jesus. 54 Jesus no longer moved around openly among the Jews. Instead, he went away to an area near the desert. He went to a village called Ephraim. There he stayed with his disciples. 55 It was almost time for the Jewish Passover Feast. Many people went up from the country to Jerusalem. They went there for the special washing that would make them pure before the Passover Feast. 56 They kept looking for Jesus as they stood in the temple area. They asked one another, "What do you think? Isn't he coming to the Feast at all?" 57 But the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders. They had commanded anyone who found out where Jesus was staying to report it. Then they could arrest him.
1 It was six days before the Passover Feast. Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived. Lazarus was the one Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 A dinner was given at Bethany to honor Jesus. Martha served the food. Lazarus was among those at the table with Jesus. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard. It was an expensive perfume. She poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the sweet smell of the perfume. 4 But Judas Iscariot didn't like what Mary did. He was one of Jesus' disciples. Later he was going to hand Jesus over to his enemies. Judas said, 5 "Why wasn't this perfume sold? Why wasn't the money given to poor people? It was worth a year's pay." 6 He didn't say this because he cared about the poor. He said it because he was a thief. Judas was in charge of the money bag. He used to help himself to what was in it. 7 "Leave her alone," Jesus replied. "The perfume was meant for the day I am buried. 8 You will always have the poor among you. But you won't always have me." 9 Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there, so they came. But they did not come only because of Jesus. They also came to see Lazarus. After all, Jesus had raised him from the dead. 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus too. 11 Because of Lazarus, many of the Jews were starting to follow Jesus. They were putting their faith in him. 12 The next day the large crowd that had come for the Feast heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. 13 So they took branches from palm trees and went out to meet him. They shouted, "Hosanna! " "Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!" (Psalm 118:25,26) "Blessed is the King of Israel!" 14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it. This is just as it is written in Scripture. It says, 15 "City of Zion, do not be afraid. See, your king is coming. He is sitting on a donkey's colt." (Zechariah 9:9) 16 At first, Jesus' disciples did not understand all this. They realized it only after he had received glory. Then they realized that these things had been written about him. They realized that the people had done these things to him. 17 A crowd had been with Jesus when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead. So they continued to tell everyone about what had happened. 18 Many people went out to meet him. They had heard that he had done this miraculous sign. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, "This isn't getting us anywhere. Look how the whole world is following him!" 20 There were some Greeks among the people who went up to worship during the Feast. 21 They came to ask Philip for a favor. Philip was from Bethsaida in Galilee. "Sir," they said, "we would like to see Jesus." 22 Philip went to tell Andrew. Then Andrew and Philip told Jesus. 23 Jesus replied, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to receive glory. 24 What I'm about to tell you is true. Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only one seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 "Anyone who loves his life will lose it. But anyone who hates his life in this world will keep it and have eternal life. 26 Anyone who serves me must follow me. And where I am, my servant will also be. My Father will honor the one who serves me. 27 "My heart is troubled. What should I say? 'Father, save me from this hour'? No. This is the very reason I came to this hour. 28 Father, bring glory to your name!" Then a voice came from heaven. It said, "I have brought glory to my name. I will bring glory to it again." 29 The crowd there heard the voice. Some said it was thunder. Others said an angel had spoken to Jesus. 30 Jesus said, "This voice was for your benefit, not mine. 31 Now it is time for the world to be judged. Now the prince of this world will be thrown out. 32 But I am going to be lifted up from the earth. When I am, I will bring all people to myself." 33 He said this to show them how he was going to die. 34 The crowd spoke up. "The Law tells us that the Christ will remain forever," they said. "So how can you say, 'The Son of Man must be lifted up'? Who is this 'Son of Man'?" 35 Then Jesus told them, "You are going to have the light just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light. Do this before darkness catches up with you. Anyone who walks in the dark does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, put your trust in it. Then you can become sons of light." When Jesus had finished speaking, he left and hid from them. 37 Jesus had done all these miraculous signs in front of them. But they still would not believe in him. 38 This happened as Isaiah the prophet had said it would. He had said, "Lord, who has believed what we've been saying? Who has seen the Lord's saving power?" (Isaiah 53:1) 39 For this reason, they could not believe. As Isaiah says in another place, 40 "The Lord has blinded their eyes. He has closed their minds. So they can't see with their eyes. They can't understand with their minds. They can't turn to the Lord. If they could, he would heal them." (Isaiah 6:10) 41 Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus' glory and spoke about him. 42 At the same time that Jesus did those miracles, many of the leaders believed in him. But because of the Pharisees, they would not admit they believed. They were afraid they would be thrown out of the synagogue. 43 They loved praise from people more than praise from God. 44 Then Jesus cried out, "Anyone who believes in me does not believe in me only. He also believes in the One who sent me. 45 When he looks at me, he sees the One who sent me. 46 "I have come into the world to be a light. No one who believes in me will stay in darkness. 47 "I don't judge a person who hears my words but does not obey them. I didn't come to judge the world. I came to save it. 48 But there is a judge for anyone who does not accept me and my words. The very words I have spoken will judge him on the last day. 49 "I did not speak on my own. The Father who sent me commanded me what to say. He also told me how to say it. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. So everything I say is just what the Father has told me to say."
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