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Chapter 12

1Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead, was living. 2They gave a dinner for him there, and Martha waited on them, while Lazarus was at the table with him. 3And Mary took a pound of choice perfume, very costly, and poured it on Jesus’ feet, and then wiped his feet with her hair, and the whole house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples, who was going to betray him, said,

5“Why was this perfume not sold for sixty dollars, and the money given to the poor?”

6But he did not say this because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief and when he had charge of the purse he used to take what was put in it. 7Jesus said,

“Let her alone; let her keep it for the day of my funeral, 8for you always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

9A great many of the Jews found out that he was there, and they came to Bethany not only to see Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10But the high priests planned to kill Lazarus also, 11for because of him many of the Jews were leaving them and becoming believers in Jesus.

12On the following day the crowds that had come up to the festival, hearing that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13got palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting,

“God bless him!

God bless him who comes in the Lord’s name!

Blessings on the king of Israel!”

14And Jesus found a young ass and mounted it, in accordance with the Scripture,

15“Do not be afraid, Daughter of Zion!

See, your king is coming mounted on an ass’s colt!”

16His disciples did not understand this at the time but after Jesus was glorified they remembered that this was said of him in Scripture and that it had happened to him. 17The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead was telling about it. 18That was why the crowd went out to meet him, because they heard that he had showed that sign. 19So the Pharisees said to one another,

“You see, you cannot do anything! The whole world has run after him!”

20There were some Greeks among those who had come up to worship at the festival, 21and they went to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and made this request of him:

“Sir, we want to see Jesus.”

22Philip went and told Andrew, and Andrew and Philip went to Jesus and told him. 23Jesus answered,

“The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls on the ground and dies, it remains just one grain. But if it dies, it yields a great harvest. 25Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life. 26If anyone serves me, he must follow me, and wherever I am found, my servant must be also. If anyone serves me, my Father will show him honor. 27Now my heart is troubled; what am I to say? Father, save me from this trial! And yet it was for this very purpose that I have come to this trial. 28Father, honor your own name!”

Then there came a voice from the sky,

“I have honored it, and I will honor it again!”

29The crowd of bystanders heard it and said it was thunder. Others said,

“It was an angel speaking to him!”

30Jesus answered,

“It was not for my sake that the voice came, but for yours. 31The judgment of this world is now in progress. Its evil genius is now to be expelled, 32and if I am lifted up from the ground, I will draw all men to myself.”

33He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die. 34The crowd answered,

“We have learned from the Law that the Christ is to remain here forever. So how can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?”

35Jesus said to them,

“You will have the light only a little while longer. Go on while you still have the light, so that darkness may not overtake you, for those who go about in the dark do not know where they are going. 36While you have the light believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”

With these words Jesus went away, and disappeared from them. 37But for all the signs he had shown among them, they refused to believe in him, 38in fulfilment of the saying of the prophet Isaiah,

“Lord, who has believed our account?

And to whom has the Lord’s mighty arm been unveiled?”

39So they could not believe; for Isaiah says again,

40“He has made their eyes blind and their minds dull,

To keep them from seeing with their eyes, and understanding with their minds,

And turning to me to be cured.”

41Isaiah said this because he saw his glory; it was of him that he spoke. 42Yet for all that, even among the leading men, many came to believe in him, but on account of the Pharisees they would not acknowledge it, for fear of being excluded from the synagogues, 43for they cared more for the approval of men than for the approval of God.

44But Jesus cried loudly,

“Whoever believes in me, believes not in me but in him who has sent me; 45and whoever sees me, sees him who has sent me. 46I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me may have to remain in darkness. 47If anyone hears my words and disregards them, it is not I that judge him, for I have not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48Whoever rejects me and refuses to accept my teachings is not without his judge; the very message I have given will be his judge on the Last Day, 49for I have not spoken on my account, but the Father who has sent me has himself given me orders what to tell and what to say. 50And I know his orders mean eternal life. So whatever I say, I say only as the Father has told me.”

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