The Gospel According to John

Chapter 12


Mary Anoints Jesus' Feet
1 Then, six days beiore the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany. Here Lazarus lived, the man who had died and who was raised from the dead by Jesus. 2 They made a dinner for him there, at which Martha served, and Lazarus was among the guests seated at the table with Him.

3 Then Mary, taking a pound of pure oil of spikenard, very costly, bathed Jesus feet and wiped them with her hair, while the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.

4 Judas Iscarint, one of His disciples - the one who was about to betray Him - then said, 5 "Why wasn't this oil sold for fifty dollars and the money given to the poor?" 6 He said this, not because he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief; for, having charge of the money-box, he would take what was put into it. 7 Jesus therefore said, "Let her alone. She has kept it for the day of My burial. 8 The poor you have with you always, but you will not always have Me."

The Jewish Plot Against Lazarus
9 A great crowd of Jews, knowing that He was there, flocked to the place, not merely to see Jesus but also to see Lazarus whom He had raised from the dead. 10 So, then, the chief priests laid plans to have Lazarus killed also. 11 The reason was that because of him many of the Jews had left them and believed on Jesus.

The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem
12 The next day a great crowd of those who were there for the festival heard that Jesus was coming into Jerusalem. 13 They took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, while crying, "Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord - the King of Israel!" 14 Then Jesus, having found a young donkey, seated Himself upon it, as it is written, 15 "Daughter of Zion, be not afraid. See, your King comes - seated on the colt of an ass!" (Zechariah 9:9). 16 What this meant was not at all clear to the disciples at first, but after Jesus had been glorified they recollected that this was written about Him, and that they had done this for Him.

17 The people who had been with Him when He had called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead, were also giving testimony. 18 This was also why the crowd had met Him, because they had heard that He had worked that miracle. 19 The Pharisees therefore said to one another, "Do you realize that we are not getting anywhere? Why, the whole world is running after him."

Greeks Wish to See Jesus
20 Now, there were some Greeks among those who had come up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." 22 Philip went and told Andrew, and then Andrew and Philip told Jesus.

The Solemn Law of Life
23 Jesus answered them, saying, "The time is at hand for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24 Most solemnly I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it is and will be only a grain of wheat; but, if it dies it will bear much fruit. 25 He who loves his life shall lose it, but he who hates his life in this world shall keep it forever and ever. 26 If anyone serves Me he must follow Me, because wherever I am My servant must be. And, if anyone becomes My servant, My Father will give him honor.

27 "Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? 'Father, save Me from this hour'? No! It was for this purpose that I came to this hour. 28 Father, glorify Your name!"

God Speaks
There came a Voice out of heaven, proclaiming, "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again!" 29 When they heard the Voice, some in the crowd who stood there said, "It has thundered." Others said, "An angel spoke to Him." 30 But Jesus said, "The Voice came not for My sake, but for yours."

Jesus Prophesies His Crucifixion
31 "Now judgment is passed on this world. Now shall the prince of this world be cast out. 32 And if I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to Me." 33 This He said, indicating the sort of death He was about to die.

34 The crowd answered Him, "From the Law we have learned that the Christ is to stay for ever. What do you mean by saying that 'the Son of Man must be lifted up'? Who is this Son of Man?"

35 Jesus therefore said to them, "The Light will be with you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the Light, else darkness may overtake you. When one is walking in the dark he doesn't know where he is going. 36 Believe in the Light while you have the Light, so that you may become sons of Light." Having spoken thus, Jesus went away and was hidden from them.

The Unbelief of the People
37 But, even though He had worked many miracles before them, they did not believe on Him. 38 This was in fulfillment of the words of the prophet Isaiah when he said, "Lord, has anyone believed our report? And has the arm of the Lord been revealed to anyone?" (Isaiah 53:1) 39 The reason why they could not believe is stated again by Isaiah in these words: 40 "He has blinded their eyes and has hardened their hearts, lest they should see with their eyes and understand with their hearts, and lest they should repent and I should heal them" (Isaiah 6:9, 10). 41 Thus spoke Isaiah when he saw His glory, and spoke of Him.

42 Even among the rulers there were many who believed on Him, but on account of the Pharisees they did not declare their faith lest they be put out of the synagogue. 43 For they valued their reputation among men more than the approval of God.

Jesus His Father's Spokesman
44 Then Jesus declared aloud, "Whoever believes on Me, believes not only on Me but on Him who sent Me. 45 And whoever sees Me, sees Him who sent Me. 46 I have come into the world to be a Light, so that whoever believes on Me shall not remain in the dark. 47 If anyone hears My Words but does not believe them, I do not judge him, for I did not come to judge the world, but rather to save it. 48 Whoever rejects Me and does not accept My teachings is not without a judge. The Word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. 49 For I have not spoken on My own authority; on the contrary, the Father who sent Me has told Me what to say and what to preach. 50 And I know that His commandment is life everlasting. Whatever I say, therefore, I say just as the Father has given it to Me."


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