Bible: Jn 12

Jesus’ Anointing

12:1 Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom he 1  had raised from the dead. 12:2 So they prepared a dinner for Jesus 2  there. Martha 3  was serving, and Lazarus was among those present at the table 4  with him. 12:3 Then Mary took three quarters of a pound 5  of expensive aromatic oil from pure nard 6  and anointed the feet of Jesus. She 7  then wiped his feet dry with her hair. (Now the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfumed oil.) 8  12:4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was going to betray him) 9  said, 12:5 Why wasn’t this oil sold for three hundred silver coins 10  and the money 11  given to the poor? 12:6 (Now Judas 12  said this not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief. As keeper of the money box, 13  he used to steal what was put into it.) 14  12:7 So Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She has kept it for the day of my burial. 15  12:8 For you will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me! 16 

12:9 Now a large crowd of Judeans 17  learned 18  that Jesus 19  was there, and so they came not only because of him 20  but also to see Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead. 12:10 So the chief priests planned to kill Lazarus too, 21  12:11 for on account of him many of the Jewish people from Jerusalem 22  were going away and believing in Jesus.

The Triumphal Entry

12:12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 23  12:13 So they took branches of palm trees 24  and went out to meet him. They began to shout, 25 Hosanna! 26  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! 27  Blessed is 28  the king of Israel! 12:14 Jesus found a young donkey 29  and sat on it, just as it is written, 12:15 Do not be afraid, people of Zion; 30  look, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt! 31  12:16 (His disciples did not understand these things when they first happened, 32  but when Jesus was glorified, 33  then they remembered that these things were written about him and that these things had happened 34  to him.) 35 

12:17 So the crowd who had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead were continuing to testify about it. 36  12:18 Because they had heard that Jesus 37  had performed this miraculous sign, the crowd went out to meet him. 12:19 Thus the Pharisees 38  said to one another, “You see that you can do nothing. Look, the world has run off after him!


12:20 Now some Greeks 39  were among those who had gone up to worship at the feast. 12:21 So these approached Philip, 40  who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and requested, 41 Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” 12:22 Philip went and told Andrew, and they both 42  went and told Jesus. 12:23 Jesus replied, 43 The time 44  has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 45  12:24 I tell you the solemn truth, 46  unless a kernel of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains by itself alone. 47  But if it dies, it produces 48  much grain. 49  12:25 The one who loves his life 50  destroys 51  it, and the one who hates his life in this world guards 52  it for eternal life. 12:26 If anyone wants to serve me, he must follow 53  me, and where I am, my servant will be too. 54  If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

12:27Now my soul is greatly distressed. And what should I say? ‘Father, deliver me 55  from this hour? 56  No, but for this very reason I have come to this hour. 57  12:28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, 58 I have glorified it, 59  and I will glorify it 60  again.” 12:29 The crowd that stood there and heard the voice 61  said that it had thundered. Others said that an angel had spoken to him. 62  12:30 Jesus said, 63 This voice has not come for my benefit 64  but for yours. 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world 65  will be driven out. 66  12:32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people 67  to myself.” 12:33 (Now he said this to indicate clearly what kind of death he was going to die.) 68 

12:34 Then the crowd responded, 69 We have heard from the law that the Christ 70  will remain forever. 71  How 72  can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man? 12:35 Jesus replied, 73 The light is with you for a little while longer. 74  Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. 75  The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 12:36 While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become sons of light.” 76  When Jesus had said these things, he went away and hid himself from them.

The Outcome of Jesus’ Public Ministry Foretold

12:37 Although Jesus 77  had performed 78  so many miraculous signs before them, they still refused to believe in him, 12:38 so that the word 79  of Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled. He said, 80 Lord, who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord 81  been revealed? 82  12:39 For this reason they could not believe, 83  because again Isaiah said,

12:40He has blinded their eyes

and hardened their heart, 84 

so that they would not see with their eyes

and understand with their heart, 85 

and turn to me, 86  and I would heal them.” 87 

12:41 Isaiah said these things because he saw Christ’s 88  glory, and spoke about him.

12:42 Nevertheless, even among the rulers 89  many believed in him, but because of the Pharisees 90  they would not confess Jesus to be the Christ, 91  so that they would not be put out of 92  the synagogue. 93  12:43 For they loved praise 94  from men more than praise 95  from God.

Jesus’ Final Public Words

12:44 But Jesus shouted out, 96 The one who believes in me does not believe in me, but in the one who sent me, 97  12:45 and the one who sees me sees the one who sent me. 98  12:46 I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in darkness. 12:47 If anyone 99  hears my words and does not obey them, 100  I do not judge him. For I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 101  12:48 The one who rejects me and does not accept 102  my words has a judge; 103  the word 104  I have spoken will judge him at the last day. 12:49 For I have not spoken from my own authority, 105  but the Father himself who sent me has commanded me 106  what I should say and what I should speak. 12:50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. 107  Thus the things I say, I say just as the Father has told me.” 108 

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