Gospel of John, chapter 12

The Anointing at Bethany - The Plot to Kill Lazarus - The Triumphal Entry - The Fruitful Grain of Wheat - Jesus Predicts His Death on the Cross - Who Has Believed Our Report? - Walk in the Light

Gospel of John, chapter 12 Then Jesus six days before the passover He came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. Now they made Him a supper there, and Martha served; Lazarus also was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary, taking a pound of spikenard oil a very costly one, she anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped with her hair His feet; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil. Then said one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot Simon’s son, who would betray Him; why this fragrant oil was not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor? This he said not because for the poor he cared, but because he was a thief, and had the money box and from what was put in it he used to keep (part). But Jesus said; let her alone, for the day of My burial she has kept this. For the poor you always have with you, Me however you will not always have. Now they knew a great many of the Jews that He was there, and they came not only for Jesus’ sake, but in order that Lazarus as well they might see whom He had raised from the dead. They plotted therefore the chief priests to put also Lazarus to death, because many on account of him went away of the Jews and believed in Jesus. The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, they took the branches of the palm trees and went out to meet Him, and they cried out; Hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord, King of Israel. Then having found Jesus a young donkey He sat on it, as it is written; Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold your King is coming sitting on a donkey’s colt. These things however they did not understand His disciples at first, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were about Him written, and these things they had done to Him. Therefore the people bore witness who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead. For this reason also the people met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign. The Pharisees therefore said among themselves; (can) you see that you are not accomplishing anything? Look the people has gone after Him. Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast. Then they came to Philip who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him saying; Sir, we wish to see Jesus. Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn Andrew and Philip told Jesus; but Jesus answered them saying; the hour has come that should be glorified the Son of Man. Most assuredly I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his own soul will lose it, and he who hates his own soul in this world, for life eternal will keep it. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me, and where I am, there the servant of mine also will be; and if anyone serves Me, My Father will honor him. Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? Father, save Me from this hour. But for this I came to this hour. Father, glorify Your name. Then a voice came from heaven; I have both glorified it and again I shall glorify it. Therefore the people who stood by and heard (it) said (that) it had thundered; others said; angel has spoken to Him. Jesus answered and said; not because of me this voice come, but for your sake. Now judgment is of this world, now the ruler of this world will be cast out; and I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to Myself. This He said however signifying by what death He would die. They answered Him the people; we have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever, and how can You say, He must be lifted up The Son of Man? Who is this Son of Man? Then He said to them Jesus; a little while longer the light is with you; walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; and he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light. These things Jesus spoke, and when he departed he was hidden from them. Although so many of His signs He had performed in front of them they did not believe in Him, so that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled which he spoke; Lord, who has believed our report? And the arm of the Lord to whom has been revealed? For this reason they could not believe, because Isaiah said again; He has blinded the eyes of them and hardened their hearts, Lest they should see with their eyes and understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them. These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him. But although even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they would not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God. Jesus then cried out and said; He who believes in Me does not believe in Me, but in Him who sent Me, And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. Myself as a light into the world I have come, so that whoever believes in Me in the darkness should not abide. And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come in order to judge the world, but in order to save the world. He who rejects Me and does not receive My words, has the One who judges him; the Word that I have spoken, He will judge him in the last day; for I on My own authority have not spoken, but the Father who sent Me He gave Me command what I should say and what I should speak; and I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.