Bible: John 12-21

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!

Seekers

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 

Washing the Disciples’ Feet

13:1 Just before the Passover feast, Jesus knew that his time 109  had come to depart 110  from this world to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now loved them to the very end. 111  13:2 The evening meal 112  was in progress, and the devil had already put into the heart 113  of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, that he should betray 114  Jesus. 115  13:3 Because Jesus 116  knew that the Father had handed all things over to him, 117  and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 13:4 he got up from the meal, removed 118  his outer clothes, 119  took a towel and tied it around himself. 120  13:5 He poured water into the washbasin and began to wash the disciplesfeet and to dry them with the towel he had wrapped around himself. 121 

13:6 Then he came to Simon Peter. Peter 122  said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash 123  my feet?” 13:7 Jesus replied, 124 You do not understand 125  what I am doing now, but you will understand 126  after these things.” 13:8 Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet!” 127  Jesus replied, 128 If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 129  13:9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, wash 130  not only my feet, but also my hands and my head! 13:10 Jesus replied, 131 The one who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, 132  but is completely 133  clean. 134  And you disciples 135  are clean, but not every one of you.” 13:11 (For Jesus 136  knew the one who was going to betray him. For this reason he said, “Not every one of you is 137  clean.”) 138 

13:12 So when Jesus 139  had washed their feet and put his outer clothing back on, he took his place at the table 140  again and said to them, “Do you understand 141  what I have done for you? 13:13 You call me ‘Teacherand ‘Lord,’ and do so correctly, 142  for that is what I am. 143  13:14 If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you too ought to wash one another’s feet. 13:15 For I have given you an example 144 you should do just as I have done for you. 13:16 I tell you the solemn truth, 145  the slave 146  is not greater than his master, nor is the one who is sent as a messenger 147  greater than the one who sent him. 13:17 If you understand 148  these things, you will be blessed if you do them.

The Announcement of Jesus’ Betrayal

13:18What I am saying does not refer to all of you. I know the ones I have chosen. But this is to fulfill the scripture, 149 The one who eats my bread 150  has turned against me.’ 151  13:19 I am telling you this now, 152  before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe 153  that I am he. 154  13:20 I tell you the solemn truth, 155  whoever accepts 156  the one I send accepts me, and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.” 157 

13:21 When he had said these things, Jesus was greatly distressed 158  in spirit, and testified, 159 I tell you the solemn truth, 160  one of you will betray me.” 161  13:22 The disciples began to look at one another, worried and perplexed 162  to know which of them he was talking about. 13:23 One of his disciples, the one Jesus loved, 163  was at the table 164  to the right of Jesus in a place of honor. 165  13:24 So Simon Peter 166  gestured to this disciple 167  to ask Jesus 168  who it was he was referring to. 169  13:25 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved 170  leaned back against Jesuschest and asked him, “Lord, who is it? 13:26 Jesus replied, 171 It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread 172  after I have dipped it in the dish.” 173  Then he dipped the piece of bread in the dish 174  and gave it to Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son. 13:27 And after Judas 175  took the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. 176  Jesus said to him, 177 What you are about to do, do quickly.” 13:28 (Now none of those present at the table 178  understood 179  why Jesus 180  said this to Judas. 181  13:29 Some thought that, because Judas had the money box, Jesus was telling him to buy whatever they needed for the feast, 182  or to give something to the poor.) 183  13:30 Judas 184  took the piece of bread and went out immediately. (Now it was night.) 185 

The Prediction of Peter’s Denial

13:31 When 186  Judas 187  had gone out, Jesus said, “Now the Son of Man is glorified, and God is glorified in him. 13:32 If God is glorified in him, 188  God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him right away. 189  13:33 Children, I am still with you for a little while. You will look for me, 190  and just as I said to the Jewish religious leaders, 191 Where I am going you cannot come,’ 192  now I tell you the same. 193 

13:34I give you a new commandment – to love 194  one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 195  13:35 Everyone 196  will know by this that you are my disciples – if you have love for one another.”

13:36 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, where are you going?” Jesus replied, 197 Where I am going, you cannot follow me now, but you will follow later.” 13:37 Peter said to him, “Lord, why can’t I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you! 198  13:38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? 199  I tell you the solemn truth, 200  the rooster will not crow until you have denied me three times!

Jesus’ Parting Words to His Disciples

14:1Do not let your hearts be distressed. 201  You believe in God; 202  believe also in me. 14:2 There are many dwelling places 203  in my Father’s house. 204  Otherwise, I would have told you, because 205  I am going away to make ready 206  a place for you. 207  14:3 And if I go and make ready 208  a place for you, I will come again and take you 209  to be with me, 210  so that where I am you may be too. 14:4 And you know the way where I am going.” 211 

14:5 Thomas said, 212 Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way? 14:6 Jesus replied, 213 I am the way, and the truth, and the life. 214  No one comes to the Father except through me. 14:7 If you have known me, you will know my Father too. 215  And from now on you do know him and have seen him.”

14:8 Philip said, 216 Lord, show us the Father, and we will be content.” 217  14:9 Jesus replied, 218 Have I been with you for so long, and you have not known 219  me, Philip? The person who has seen me has seen the Father! How can you say, ‘Show us the Father? 14:10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me? 220  The words that I say to you, I do not speak on my own initiative, 221  but the Father residing in me performs 222  his miraculous deeds. 223  14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me, but if you do not believe me, 224  believe because of the miraculous deeds 225  themselves. 14:12 I tell you the solemn truth, 226  the person who believes in me will perform 227  the miraculous deeds 228  that I am doing, 229  and will perform 230  greater deeds 231  than these, because I am going to the Father. 14:13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, 232  so that the Father may be glorified 233  in the Son. 14:14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.

Teaching on the Holy Spirit

14:15If you love me, you will obey 234  my commandments. 235  14:16 Then 236  I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate 237  to be with you forever 14:17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, 238  because it does not see him or know him. But you know him, because he resides 239  with you and will be 240  in you.

14:18I will not abandon 241  you as orphans, 242  I will come to you. 243  14:19 In a little while 244  the world will not see me any longer, but you will see me; because I live, you will live too. 14:20 You will know at that time 245  that I am in my Father and you are in me and I am in you. 14:21 The person who has my commandments and obeys 246  them is the one who loves me. 247  The one 248  who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will reveal 249  myself to him.”

14:22Lord,” Judas (not Judas Iscariot) 250  said, 251 what has happened that you are going to reveal 252  yourself to us and not to the world? 14:23 Jesus replied, 253 If anyone loves me, he will obey 254  my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and take up residence with him. 255  14:24 The person who does not love me does not obey 256  my words. And the word 257  you hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent me.

14:25I have spoken these things while staying 258  with you. 14:26 But the Advocate, 259  the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you 260  everything, 261  and will cause you to remember everything 262  I said to you.

14:27Peace I leave with you; 263  my peace I give to you; I do not give it 264  to you as the world does. 265  Do not let your hearts be distressed or lacking in courage. 266  14:28 You heard me say to you, 267 I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad 268  that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I am. 269  14:29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe. 270  14:30 I will not speak with you much longer, 271  for the ruler of this world is coming. 272  He has no power over me, 273  14:31 but I am doing just what the Father commanded me, so that the world may know 274  that I love the Father. 275  Get up, let us go from here.” 276 

The Vine and the Branches

15:1I am the true vine 277  and my Father is the gardener. 278  15:2 He takes away 279  every branch that does not bear 280  fruit in me. He 281  prunes 282  every branch that bears 283  fruit so that it will bear more fruit. 15:3 You are clean already 284  because of the word that I have spoken to you. 15:4 Remain 285  in me, and I will remain in you. 286  Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, 287  unless it remains 288  in 289  the vine, so neither can you unless you remain 290  in me.

15:5I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains 291  in me – and I in him – bears 292  much fruit, 293  because apart from me you can accomplish 294  nothing. 15:6 If anyone does not remain 295  in me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, 296  and are burned up. 297  15:7 If you remain 298  in me and my words remain 299  in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you. 300  15:8 My Father is honored 301  by this, that 302  you bear 303  much fruit and show that you are 304  my disciples.

15:9Just as the Father has loved me, I have also loved you; remain 305  in my love. 15:10 If you obey 306  my commandments, you will remain 307  in my love, just as I have obeyed 308  my Father’s commandments and remain 309  in his love. 15:11 I have told you these things 310  so that my joy may be in you, and your joy may be complete. 15:12 My commandment is this – to love one another just as I have loved you. 311  15:13 No one has greater love than this – that one lays down his life 312  for his friends. 15:14 You are my friends 313  if you do what I command you. 15:15 I no longer call you slaves, 314  because the slave does not understand 315  what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything 316  I heard 317  from my Father. 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you 318  and appointed you to go and bear 319  fruit, fruit that remains, 320  so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. 15:17 This 321  I command you – to love one another.

The World’s Hatred

15:18If the world hates you, be aware 322  that it hated me first. 323  15:19 If you belonged to the world, 324  the world would love you as its own. 325  However, because you do not belong to the world, 326  but I chose you out of the world, for this reason 327  the world hates you. 328  15:20 Remember what 329  I told you, ‘A slave 330  is not greater than his master.’ 331  If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they obeyed 332  my word, they will obey 333  yours too. 15:21 But they will do all these things to you on account of 334  my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. 335  15:22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. 336  But they no longer have any excuse for their sin. 15:23 The one who hates me hates my Father too. 15:24 If I had not performed 337  among them the miraculous deeds 338  that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. 339  But now they have seen the deeds 340  and have hated both me and my Father. 341  15:25 Now this happened 342  to fulfill the word that is written in their law, ‘They hated me without reason.’ 343  15:26 When the Advocate 344  comes, whom I will send you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – he 345  will testify about me, 15:27 and you also will testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.

16:1I have told you all these things so that you will not fall away. 346  16:2 They will put you out of 347  the synagogue, 348  yet a time 349  is coming when the one who kills you will think he is offering service to God. 350  16:3 They 351  will do these things because they have not known the Father or me. 352  16:4 But I have told you these things 353  so that when their time 354  comes, you will remember that I told you about them. 355 

“I did not tell you these things from the beginning because I was with you. 356  16:5 But now I am going to the one who sent me, 357  and not one of you is asking me, ‘Where are you going?’ 358  16:6 Instead your hearts are filled with sadness 359  because I have said these things to you. 16:7 But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I am going away. For if I do not go away, the Advocate 360  will not come to you, but if I go, I will send him to you. 16:8 And when he 361  comes, he will prove the world wrong 362  concerning sin and 363  righteousness and 364  judgment 16:9 concerning sin, because 365  they do not believe in me; 366  16:10 concerning righteousness, 367  because 368  I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 16:11 and concerning judgment, 369  because 370  the ruler of this world 371  has been condemned. 372 

16:12I have many more things to say to you, 373  but you cannot bear 374  them now. 16:13 But when he, 375  the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide 376  you into all truth. 377  For he will not speak on his own authority, 378  but will speak whatever he hears, and will tell you 379  what is to come. 380  16:14 He 381  will glorify me, 382  because he will receive 383  from me what is mine 384  and will tell it to you. 385  16:15 Everything that the Father has is mine; that is why I said the Spirit 386  will receive from me what is mine 387  and will tell it to you. 388  16:16 In a little while you 389  will see me no longer; again after a little while, you 390  will see me.” 391 

16:17 Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What is the meaning of what he is saying, 392 In a little while you 393  will not see me; again after a little while, you 394  will see me,’ and, ‘because I am going to the Father? 395  16:18 So they kept on repeating, 396 What is the meaning of what he says, 397 In a little while? 398  We do not understand 399  what he is talking about.” 400 

16:19 Jesus could see 401  that they wanted to ask him about these things, 402  so 403  he said to them, “Are you asking 404  each other about this – that I said, ‘In a little while you 405  will not see me; again after a little while, you 406  will see me? 16:20 I tell you the solemn truth, 407  you will weep 408  and wail, 409  but the world will rejoice; you will be sad, 410  but your sadness will turn into 411  joy. 16:21 When a woman gives birth, she has distress 412  because her time 413  has come, but when her child is born, she no longer remembers the suffering because of her joy that a human being 414  has been born into the world. 415  16:22 So also you have sorrow 416  now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you. 417  16:23 At that time 418  you will ask me nothing. I tell you the solemn truth, 419  whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. 420  16:24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive it, 421  so that your joy may be complete.

16:25I have told you these things in obscure figures of speech; 422  a time 423  is coming when I will no longer speak to you in obscure figures, but will tell you 424  plainly 425  about the Father. 16:26 At that time 426  you will ask in my name, and I do not say 427  that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 16:27 For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 428  16:28 I came from the Father and entered into the world, but in turn, 429  I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” 430 

16:29 His disciples said, “Look, now you are speaking plainly 431  and not in obscure figures of speech! 432  16:30 Now we know that you know everything 433  and do not need anyone 434  to ask you anything. 435  Because of this 436  we believe that you have come from God.”

16:31 Jesus replied, 437 Do you now believe? 16:32 Look, a time 438  is coming – and has come – when you will be scattered, each one to his own home, 439  and I will be left alone. 440  Yet 441  I am not alone, because my Father 442  is with me. 16:33 I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. In the world you have trouble and suffering, 443  but take courage 444 I have conquered the world.” 445 

Jesus Prays for the Father to Glorify Him

17:1 When Jesus had finished saying these things, he looked upward 446  to heaven 447  and said, “Father, the time 448  has come. Glorify your Son, so that your 449  Son may glorify you 17:2 just as you have given him authority over all humanity, 450  so that he may give eternal life to everyone you have given him. 451  17:3 Now this 452  is eternal life 453 that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, 454  whom you sent. 17:4 I glorified you on earth by completing 455  the work you gave me to do. 456  17:5 And now, Father, glorify me at your side 457  with the glory I had with you before the world was created. 458 

Jesus Prays for the Disciples

17:6I have revealed 459  your name to the men 460  you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, 461  and you gave them to me, and they have obeyed 462  your word. 17:7 Now they understand 463  that everything 464  you have given me comes from you, 17:8 because I have given them the words you have given me. They 465  accepted 466  them 467  and really 468  understand 469  that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 17:9 I am praying 470  on behalf of them. I am not praying 471  on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those you have given me, because they belong to you. 472  17:10 Everything 473  I have belongs to you, 474  and everything you have belongs to me, 475  and I have been glorified by them. 476  17:11 I 477  am no longer in the world, but 478  they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them safe 479  in your name 480  that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one. 481  17:12 When I was with them I kept them safe 482  and watched over them 483  in your name 484  that you have given me. Not one 485  of them was lost except the one destined for destruction, 486  so that the scripture could be fulfilled. 487  17:13 But now I am coming to you, and I am saying these things in the world, so they may experience 488  my joy completed 489  in themselves. 17:14 I have given them your word, 490  and the world has hated them, because they do not belong to the world, 491  just as I do not belong to the world. 492  17:15 I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but that you keep them safe 493  from the evil one. 494  17:16 They do not belong to the world 495  just as I do not belong to the world. 496  17:17 Set them apart 497  in the truth; your word is truth. 17:18 Just as you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. 498  17:19 And I set myself apart 499  on their behalf, 500  so that they too may be truly set apart. 501 

Jesus Prays for Believers Everywhere

17:20I am not praying 502  only on their behalf, but also on behalf of those who believe 503  in me through their testimony, 504  17:21 that they will all be one, just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. I pray 505  that they will be in us, so that the world will believe that you sent me. 17:22 The glory 506  you gave to me I have given to them, that they may be one just as we are one 17:23 I in them and you in me – that they may be completely one, 507  so that the world will know that you sent me, and you have loved them just as you have loved me.

17:24Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, 508  so that they can see my glory that you gave me because you loved me before the creation of the world 509 . 17:25 Righteous Father, even if the world does not know you, I know you, and these men 510  know that you sent me. 17:26 I made known your name to them, and I will continue to make it known, 511  so that the love you have loved me with may be in them, and I may be in them.”

Betrayal and Arrest

18:1 When he had said these things, 512  Jesus went out with his disciples across the Kidron Valley. 513  There was an orchard 514  there, and he and his disciples went into it. 18:2 (Now Judas, the one who betrayed him, knew the place too, because Jesus had met there many times 515  with his disciples.) 516  18:3 So Judas obtained a squad of soldiers 517  and some officers of the chief priests and Pharisees. 518  They came to the orchard 519  with lanterns 520  and torches and weapons.

18:4 Then Jesus, because he knew everything that was going to happen to him, 521  came and asked them, “Who are you looking for? 522  18:5 They replied, 523 Jesus the Nazarene.” He told them, “I am he.” (Now Judas, the one who betrayed him, was standing there with them.) 524  18:6 So when Jesus 525  said to them, “I am he,” they retreated 526  and fell to the ground. 527  18:7 Then Jesus 528  asked them again, “Who are you looking for?” And they said, “Jesus the Nazarene.” 18:8 Jesus replied, 529 I told you that I am he. If you are looking for 530  me, let these men 531  go.” 532  18:9 He said this 533  to fulfill the word he had spoken, 534  “I have not lost a single one of those whom you gave me.” 535 

18:10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, pulled it out and struck the high priest’s slave, 536  cutting off his right ear. 537  (Now the slave’s name was Malchus.) 538  18:11 But Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword back into its sheath! Am I not to drink the cup that the Father has given me? 539 

Jesus Before Annas

18:12 Then the squad of soldiers 540  with their commanding officer 541  and the officers of the Jewish leaders 542  arrested 543  Jesus and tied him up. 544  18:13 They 545  brought him first to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 546  18:14 (Now it was Caiaphas who had advised 547  the Jewish leaders 548  that it was to their advantage that one man die for the people.) 549 

Peter’s First Denial

18:15 Simon Peter and another disciple followed them as they brought Jesus to Annas. 550  (Now the other disciple 551  was acquainted with the high priest, and he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard.) 552  18:16 But Simon Peter was left standing outside by the door. So the other disciple who was acquainted with the high priest came out and spoke to the slave girl who watched the door, 553  and brought Peter inside. 18:17 The girl 554  who was the doorkeeper said to Peter, “You’re not one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” 555  He replied, 556 I am not.” 18:18 (Now the slaves 557  and the guards 558  were standing around a charcoal fire they had made, warming themselves because it was cold. 559  Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.) 560 

Jesus Questioned by Annas

18:19 While this was happening, 561  the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. 562  18:20 Jesus replied, 563 I have spoken publicly to the world. I always taught in the synagogues 564  and in the temple courts, 565  where all the Jewish people 566  assemble together. I 567  have said nothing in secret. 18:21 Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said. 568  They 569  know what I said.” 18:22 When Jesus 570  had said this, one of the high priest’s officers who stood nearby struck him on the face and said, 571 Is that the way you answer the high priest? 18:23 Jesus replied, 572 If I have said something wrong, 573  confirm 574  what is wrong. 575  But if I spoke correctly, why strike me? 18:24 Then Annas sent him, still tied up, 576  to Caiaphas the high priest. 577 

Peter’s Second and Third Denials

18:25 Meanwhile Simon Peter was standing in the courtyard 578  warming himself. They said to him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?” 579  Peter 580  denied it: “I am not! 18:26 One of the high priest’s slaves, 581  a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, 582  said, “Did I not see you in the orchard 583  with him? 584  18:27 Then Peter denied it again, and immediately a rooster crowed. 585 

Jesus Brought Before Pilate

18:28 Then they brought Jesus from Caiaphas to the Roman governor’s residence. 586  (Now it was very early morning.) 587  They 588  did not go into the governor’s residence 589  so they would not be ceremonially defiled, but could eat the Passover meal. 18:29 So Pilate came outside to them and said, “What accusation 590  do you bring against this man? 591  18:30 They replied, 592 If this man 593  were not a criminal, 594  we would not have handed him over to you.” 595 

18:31 Pilate told them, 596 Take him yourselves and pass judgment on him 597  according to your own law!” 598  The Jewish leaders 599  replied, 600 We cannot legally put anyone to death.” 601  18:32 (This happened 602  to fulfill the word Jesus had spoken when he indicated 603  what kind of death he was going to die. 604 )

Pilate Questions Jesus

18:33 So Pilate went back into the governor’s residence, 605  summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews? 606  18:34 Jesus replied, 607 Are you saying this on your own initiative, 608  or have others told you about me? 18:35 Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? 609  Your own people 610  and your chief priests handed you over 611  to me. What have you done?

18:36 Jesus replied, “My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my servants would be fighting to keep me from being 612  handed over 613  to the Jewish authorities. 614  But as it is, 615  my kingdom is not from here.” 18:37 Then Pilate said, 616 So you are a king!” Jesus replied, “You say that I am a king. For this reason I was born, and for this reason I came into the world – to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to 617  my voice.” 18:38 Pilate asked, 618 What is truth?” 619 

When he had said this he went back outside to the Jewish leaders 620  and announced, 621 I find no basis for an accusation 622  against him. 18:39 But it is your custom that I release one prisoner 623  for you at the Passover. 624  So do you want me to release for you the king of the Jews? 18:40 Then they shouted back, 625 Not this man, 626  but Barabbas!” 627  (Now Barabbas was a revolutionary. 628 ) 629 

Pilate Tries to Release Jesus

19:1 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged severely. 630  19:2 The soldiers 631  braided 632  a crown of thorns 633  and put it on his head, and they clothed him in a purple robe. 634  19:3 They 635  came up to him again and again 636  and said, “Hail, king of the Jews!” 637  And they struck him repeatedly 638  in the face.

19:4 Again Pilate went out and said to the Jewish leaders, 639 Look, I am bringing him out to you, so that you may know that I find no reason for an accusation 640  against him.” 19:5 So Jesus came outside, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. 641  Pilate 642  said to them, “Look, here is the man! 643  19:6 When the chief priests and their officers saw him, they shouted out, “Crucify 644  him! Crucify him!” 645  Pilate said, 646 You take him and crucify him! 647  Certainly 648  I find no reason for an accusation 649  against him! 19:7 The Jewish leaders 650  replied, 651 We have a law, 652  and according to our law he ought to die, because he claimed to be the Son of God! 653 

19:8 When Pilate heard what they said, 654  he was more afraid than ever, 655  19:9 and he went back into the governor’s residence 656  and said to Jesus, “Where do you come from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 19:10 So Pilate said, 657 Do you refuse to speak to me? Don’t you know I have the authority 658  to release you, and to crucify you? 659  19:11 Jesus replied, “You would have no authority 660  over me at all, unless it was given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you 661  is guilty of greater sin.” 662 

19:12 From this point on, Pilate tried 663  to release him. But the Jewish leaders 664  shouted out, 665 If you release this man, 666  you are no friend of Caesar! 667  Everyone who claims to be a king 668  opposes Caesar! 19:13 When Pilate heard these words he brought Jesus outside and sat down on the judgment seat 669  in the place called “The Stone Pavement 670  (Gabbatha in 671  Aramaic). 672  19:14 (Now it was the day of preparation 673  for the Passover, about noon. 674 ) 675  Pilate 676  said to the Jewish leaders, 677 Look, here is your king!

19:15 Then they 678  shouted out, “Away with him! Away with him! 679  Crucify 680  him!” Pilate asked, 681 Shall I crucify your king?” The high priests replied, “We have no king except Caesar! 19:16 Then Pilate 682  handed him over 683  to them to be crucified.

The Crucifixion

So they took Jesus, 19:17 and carrying his own cross 684  he went out to the place called “The Place of the Skull 685  (called in Aramaic 686  Golgotha). 687  19:18 There they 688  crucified 689  him along with two others, 690  one on each side, with Jesus in the middle. 19:19 Pilate also had a notice 691  written and fastened to the cross, 692  which read: 693  “Jesus the Nazarene, the king of the Jews.” 19:20 Thus many of the Jewish residents of Jerusalem 694  read this notice, 695  because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the notice was written in Aramaic, 696  Latin, and Greek. 19:21 Then the chief priests of the Jews 697  said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The king of the Jews,’ but rather, ‘This man said, I am king of the Jews.’ 19:22 Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.”

19:23 Now when the soldiers crucified 698  Jesus, they took his clothes and made four shares, one for each soldier, 699  and the tunic 700  remained. (Now the tunic 701  was seamless, woven from top to bottom as a single piece.) 702  19:24 So the soldiers said to one another, “Let’s not tear it, but throw dice 703  to see who will get it.” 704  This took place 705  to fulfill the scripture that says,They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they threw dice.” 706  So the soldiers did these things.

19:25 Now standing beside Jesuscross were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 707  19:26 So when Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing there, he said to his mother, “Woman, 708  look, here is your son! 19:27 He then said to his disciple, “Look, here is your mother!” From that very time 709  the disciple took her into his own home.

Jesus’ Death

19:28 After this Jesus, realizing that by this time 710  everything was completed, 711  said (in order to fulfill the scripture), 712  “I am thirsty! 713  19:29 A jar full of sour wine 714  was there, so they put a sponge soaked in sour wine on a branch of hyssop 715  and lifted it 716  to his mouth. 19:30 When 717  he had received the sour wine, Jesus said, “It is completed!” 718  Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. 719 

19:31 Then, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies should not stay on the crosses on the Sabbath 720  (for that Sabbath was an especially important one), 721  the Jewish leaders 722  asked Pilate to have the victimslegs 723  broken 724  and the bodies taken down. 725  19:32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men who had been crucified 726  with Jesus, 727  first the one and then the other. 728  19:33 But when they came to Jesus and saw that he was already dead, they did not break his legs. 19:34 But one of the soldiers pierced 729  his side with a spear, and blood and water 730  flowed out immediately. 19:35 And the person who saw it 731  has testified (and his testimony is true, and he 732  knows that he is telling the truth), 733  so that you also may believe. 19:36 For these things happened so that the scripture would be fulfilled, “Not a bone of his will be broken.” 734  19:37 And again another scripture says, “They will look on the one whom they have pierced.” 735 

Jesus’ Burial

19:38 After this, Joseph of Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus (but secretly, because he feared the Jewish leaders 736 ), 737  asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus. Pilate 738  gave him permission, so he went and took the body away. 739  19:39 Nicodemus, the man who had previously come to Jesus 740  at night, 741  accompanied Joseph, 742  carrying a mixture of myrrh and aloes 743  weighing about seventy-five pounds. 744  19:40 Then they took Jesusbody and wrapped it, with the aromatic spices, 745  in strips of linen cloth 746  according to Jewish burial customs. 747  19:41 Now at the place where Jesus 748  was crucified 749  there was a garden, 750  and in the garden 751  was a new tomb where no one had yet been buried. 752  19:42 And so, because it was the Jewish day of preparation 753  and the tomb was nearby, 754  they placed Jesusbody there.

The Resurrection

20:1 Now very early on the first day of the week, 755  while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene 756  came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been moved away from the entrance. 757  20:2 So she went running 758  to Simon Peter and the other disciple whom Jesus loved and told them, “They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they have put him! 20:3 Then Peter and the other disciple set out to go to the tomb. 759  20:4 The two were running together, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter 760  and reached the tomb first. 761  20:5 He bent down 762  and saw the strips of linen cloth lying there, 763  but he did not go in. 20:6 Then Simon Peter, who had been following him, arrived and went right into the tomb. He saw 764  the strips of linen cloth lying there, 20:7 and the face cloth, 765  which had been around Jesushead, not lying with the strips of linen cloth but rolled up in a place by itself. 766  20:8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, came in, and he saw and believed. 767  20:9 (For they did not yet understand 768  the scripture that Jesus 769  must rise from the dead.) 770 

Jesus’ Appearance to Mary Magdalene

20:10 So the disciples went back to their homes. 20:11 But Mary stood outside the tomb weeping. As she wept, she bent down and looked into the tomb. 20:12 And she saw two angels in white sitting where Jesusbody had been lying, one at the head and one at the feet. 20:13 They said 771  to her, “Woman, 772  why are you weeping?” Mary replied, 773 They have taken my Lord away, and I do not know where they have put him! 20:14 When she had said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing there, 774  but she did not know that it was Jesus.

20:15 Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Who are you looking for?” Because she 775  thought he was the gardener, she said to him, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will take him.” 20:16 Jesus said to her, “Mary.” She 776  turned and said to him in Aramaic, 777 Rabboni 778  (which means Teacher). 779  20:17 Jesus replied, 780 Do not touch me, for I have not yet ascended to my Father. Go to my brothers and tell them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ 20:18 Mary Magdalene came and informed the disciples, “I have seen the Lord!” And she told them 781  what 782  Jesus 783  had said to her. 784 

Jesus’ Appearance to the Disciples

20:19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the disciples had gathered together 785  and locked the doors 786  of the place 787  because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. 788  Jesus came and stood among them and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20:20 When he had said this, he showed them his hands and his side. Then the disciples rejoiced when they saw the Lord. 789  20:21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. Just as the Father has sent me, I also send you.” 20:22 And after he said this, he breathed on them and said, 790 Receive the Holy Spirit. 791  20:23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; 792  if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.” 793 

The Response of Thomas

20:24 Now Thomas (called Didymus), 794  one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. 20:25 The other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he replied, 795 Unless I see the wounds 796  from the nails in his hands, and put my finger into the wounds from the nails, and put my hand into his side, I will never believe it! 797 

20:26 Eight days later the disciples were again together in the house, 798  and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, 799  Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you! 20:27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put 800  your finger here, and examine 801  my hands. Extend 802  your hand and put it 803  into my side. Do not continue in your unbelief, but believe.” 804  20:28 Thomas replied to him, 805 My Lord and my God! 806  20:29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are the people 807  who have not seen and yet have believed.” 808 

20:30 Now Jesus performed 809  many other miraculous signs in the presence of the 810  disciples, which are not recorded 811  in this book. 812  20:31 But these 813  are recorded 814  so that you may believe 815  that Jesus is the Christ, 816  the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. 817 

Jesus’ Appearance to the Disciples in Galilee

21:1 After this 818  Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias. 819  Now this is how he did so. 820  21:2 Simon Peter, Thomas 821  (called Didymus), 822  Nathanael 823  (who was from Cana 824  in Galilee), the sons 825  of Zebedee, 826  and two other disciples 827  of his were together. 21:3 Simon Peter told them, “I am going fishing.” “We will go with you,” they replied. 828  They went out and got into the boat, but that night they caught nothing.

21:4 When it was already very early morning, Jesus stood on the beach, but the disciples did not know that it was Jesus. 21:5 So Jesus said to them, “Children, you don’t have any fish, 829  do you?” 830  They replied, 831 No.” 21:6 He told them, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” 832  So they threw the net, 833  and were not able to pull it in because of the large number of fish.

21:7 Then the disciple whom 834  Jesus loved 835  said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” So Simon Peter, when he heard that it was the Lord, tucked in his outer garment (for he had nothing on underneath it), 836  and plunged 837  into the sea. 21:8 Meanwhile the other disciples came with the boat, dragging the net full of fish, for they were not far from land, only about a hundred yards. 838 

21:9 When they got out on the beach, 839  they saw a charcoal fire ready 840  with a fish placed on it, and bread. 21:10 Jesus said, 841 Bring some of the fish you have just now caught.” 21:11 So Simon Peter went aboard and pulled the net to shore. It was 842  full of large fish, one hundred fifty-three, 843  but although there were so many, the net was not torn. 21:12 Come, have breakfast,” Jesus said. 844  But none of the disciples dared to ask him, “Who are you?” because they knew it was the Lord. 21:13 Jesus came and took the bread and gave it to them, and did the same with the fish. 21:14 This was now the third time Jesus was revealed to the disciples after he was raised from the dead.

Peter’s Restoration

21:15 Then when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, 845  do you love me more than these do?” 846  He replied, 847 Yes, Lord, you know I love you.” 848  Jesus 849  told him, “Feed my lambs.” 21:16 Jesus 850  said 851  a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He replied, 852 Yes, Lord, you know I love you.” Jesus 853  told him, “Shepherd my sheep.” 21:17 Jesus 854  said 855  a third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed 856  that Jesus 857  asked 858  him a third time, “Do you love me?” and said, 859 Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus 860  replied, 861 Feed my sheep. 21:18 I tell you the solemn truth, 862  when you were young, you tied your clothes around you 863  and went wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will tie you up 864  and bring you where you do not want to go.” 21:19 (Now Jesus 865  said this to indicate clearly by what kind of death Peter 866  was going to glorify God.) 867  After he said this, Jesus told Peter, 868 Follow me.”

Peter and the Disciple Jesus Loved

21:20 Peter turned around and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them. 869  (This was the disciple 870  who had leaned back against Jesus’ 871  chest at the meal and asked, 872 Lord, who is the one who is going to betray you?”) 873  21:21 So when Peter saw him, 874  he asked Jesus, “Lord, what about him? 21:22 Jesus replied, 875 If I want him to live 876  until I come back, 877  what concern is that of yours? You follow me! 21:23 So the saying circulated 878  among the brothers and sisters 879  that this disciple was not going to die. But Jesus did not say to him that he was not going to die, but rather, “If I want him to live 880  until I come back, 881  what concern is that of yours?

A Final Note

21:24 This is the disciple who testifies about these things and has written these things, and we know that his testimony is true. 21:25 There are many other things that Jesus did. If every one of them were written down, 882  I suppose the whole world 883  would not have room for the books that would be written. 884 

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