Bible: John 5:12-21:25
5:14 After this Jesus found him at the temple and said to him, “Look, you have become well. Don’t sin any more, 3 lest anything worse happen to you.” 5:15 The man went away and informed the Jewish leaders 4 that Jesus was the one who had made him well.
Responding to Jewish Leaders
5:16 Now because Jesus was doing these things 5 on the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders 6 began persecuting 7 him. 5:17 So he 8 told 9 them, “My Father is working until now, and I too am working.” 10 5:18 For this reason the Jewish leaders 11 were trying even harder to kill him, because not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he was also calling God his own Father, thus making himself equal with God.
5:19 So Jesus answered them, 12 “I tell you the solemn truth, 13 the Son can do nothing on his own initiative, 14 but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father 15 does, the Son does likewise. 16 5:20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him everything he does, and will show him greater deeds than these, so that you will be amazed. 5:21 For just as the Father raises the dead and gives them life, 17 so also the Son gives life to whomever he wishes. 18 5:22 Furthermore, the Father does not judge 19 anyone, but has assigned 20 all judgment to the Son, 5:23 so that all people 21 will honor the Son just as they honor the Father. The one who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent him.
5:24 “I tell you the solemn truth, 22 the one who hears 23 my message 24 and believes the one who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, 25 but has crossed over from death to life. 5:25 I tell you the solemn truth, 26 a time 27 is coming – and is now here – when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live. 5:26 For just as the Father has life in himself, thus he has granted the Son to have life in himself, 5:27 and he has granted the Son 28 authority to execute judgment, 29 because he is the Son of Man.
5:28 “Do not be amazed at this, because a time 30 is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 5:29 and will come out – the ones who have done what is good to the resurrection resulting in life, and the ones who have done what is evil to the resurrection resulting in condemnation. 31 5:30 I can do nothing on my own initiative. 32 Just as I hear, I judge, and my judgment is just, 33 because I do not seek my own will, but the will of the one who sent me. 34
More Testimony About Jesus
5:31 “If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. 5:32 There is another 35 who testifies about me, and I know the testimony he testifies about me is true. 5:33 You have sent to John, 36 and he has testified to the truth. 5:34 (I do not accept 37 human testimony, but I say this so that you may be saved.) 5:35 He was a lamp that was burning and shining, 38 and you wanted to rejoice greatly for a short time 39 in his light.
5:36 “But I have a testimony greater than that from John. For the deeds 40 that the Father has assigned me to complete – the deeds 41 I am now doing – testify about me that the Father has sent me. 5:37 And the Father who sent me has himself testified about me. You people 42 have never heard his voice nor seen his form at any time, 43 5:38 nor do you have his word residing in you, because you do not believe the one whom he sent. 5:39 You study the scriptures thoroughly 44 because you think in them you possess eternal life, 45 and it is these same scriptures 46 that testify about me, 5:40 but you are not willing to come to me so that you may have life.
5:41 “I do not accept 47 praise 48 from people, 49 5:42 but I know you, that you do not have the love of God 50 within you. 5:43 I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept 51 me. If someone else comes in his own name, you will accept 52 him. 5:44 How can you believe, if you accept praise 53 from one another and don’t seek the praise 54 that comes from the only God? 55
5:45 “Do not suppose that I will accuse you before the Father. The one who accuses you is Moses, in whom you have placed your hope. 56 5:46 If 57 you believed Moses, you would believe me, because he wrote about me. 5:47 But if you do not believe what Moses 58 wrote, how will you believe my words?”
The Feeding of the Five Thousand
6:1 After this 59 Jesus went away to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (also called the Sea of Tiberias). 60 6:2 A large crowd was following him because they were observing the miraculous signs he was performing on the sick. 6:3 So Jesus went on up the mountainside 61 and sat down there with his disciples. 6:4 (Now the Jewish feast of the Passover 62 was near.) 63 6:5 Then Jesus, when he looked up 64 and saw that a large crowd was coming to him, said to Philip, “Where can we buy bread so that these people may eat?” 6:6 (Now Jesus 65 said this to test him, for he knew what he was going to do.) 66 6:7 Philip replied, 67 “Two hundred silver coins worth 68 of bread would not be enough for them, for each one to get a little.” 6:8 One of Jesus’ disciples, 69 Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, said to him, 6:9 “Here is a boy who has five barley loaves and two fish, but what good 70 are these for so many people?”
6:10 Jesus said, “Have 71 the people sit down.” (Now there was a lot of grass in that place.) 72 So the men 73 sat down, about five thousand in number. 6:11 Then Jesus took the loaves, and when he had given thanks, he distributed the bread to those who were seated. He then did the same with the fish, 74 as much as they wanted. 6:12 When they were all satisfied, Jesus 75 said to his disciples, “Gather up the broken pieces that are left over, so that nothing is wasted.” 6:13 So they gathered them up and filled twelve baskets with broken pieces from the five barley loaves 76 left over by the people who had eaten.
6:14 Now when the people saw the miraculous sign that Jesus 77 performed, they began to say to one another, “This is certainly the Prophet 78 who is to come into the world.” 79 6:15 Then Jesus, because he knew they were going to come and seize him by force to make him king, withdrew again up the mountainside alone. 80
Walking on Water
6:16 Now when evening came, his disciples went down to the lake, 81 6:17 got into a boat, and started to cross the lake 82 to Capernaum. 83 (It had already become dark, and Jesus had not yet come to them.) 84 6:18 By now a strong wind was blowing and the sea was getting rough. 6:19 Then, when they had rowed about three or four miles, 85 they caught sight of Jesus walking on the lake, 86 approaching the boat, and they were frightened. 6:20 But he said to them, “It is I. Do not be afraid.” 6:21 Then they wanted to take him into the boat, and immediately the boat came to the land where they had been heading.
6:22 The next day the crowd that remained on the other side of the lake 87 realized that only one small boat 88 had been there, and that Jesus had not boarded 89 it with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. 6:23 But some boats from Tiberias 90 came to shore 91 near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. 92 6:24 So when the crowd realized that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they got into the boats 93 and came to Capernaum 94 looking for Jesus.
Jesus’ Discourse About the Bread of Life
6:25 When they found him on the other side of the lake, 95 they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you get here?” 96 6:26 Jesus replied, 97 “I tell you the solemn truth, 98 you are looking for me not because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate all the loaves of bread you wanted. 99 6:27 Do not work for the food that disappears, 100 but for the food that remains to eternal life – the food 101 which the Son of Man will give to you. For God the Father has put his seal of approval on him.” 102
6:28 So then they said to him, “What must we do to accomplish the deeds 103 God requires?” 104 6:29 Jesus replied, 105 “This is the deed 106 God requires 107 – to believe in the one whom he 108 sent.” 6:30 So they said to him, “Then what miraculous sign will you perform, so that we may see it and believe you? What will you do? 6:31 Our ancestors 109 ate the manna in the wilderness, just as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” 110
6:32 Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 111 it is not Moses who has given you the bread from heaven, but my Father is giving you the true bread from heaven. 6:33 For the bread of God is the one who 112 comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” 6:34 So they said to him, “Sir, 113 give us this bread all the time!”
6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. The one who comes to me will never go hungry, and the one who believes in me will never be thirsty. 114 6:36 But I told you 115 that you have seen me 116 and still do not believe. 6:37 Everyone whom the Father gives me will come to me, and the one who comes to me I will never send away. 117 6:38 For I have come down from heaven not to do my own will but the will of the one who sent me. 6:39 Now this is the will of the one who sent me – that I should not lose one person of every one he has given me, but raise them all up 118 at the last day. 6:40 For this is the will of my Father – for everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him to have eternal life, and I will raise him up 119 at the last day.” 120
6:41 Then the Jews who were hostile to Jesus 121 began complaining about him because he said, “I am the bread that came down from heaven,” 6:42 and they said, “Isn’t this Jesus the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How can he now say, ‘I have come down from heaven’?” 6:43 Jesus replied, 122 “Do not complain about me to one another. 123 6:44 No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him, 124 and I will raise him up at the last day. 6:45 It is written in the prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ 125 Everyone who hears and learns from the Father 126 comes to me. 6:46 (Not that anyone has seen the Father except the one who is from God – he 127 has seen the Father.) 128 6:47 I tell you the solemn truth, 129 the one who believes 130 has eternal life. 131 6:48 I am the bread of life. 132 6:49 Your ancestors 133 ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 6:50 This 134 is the bread that has come down from heaven, so that a person 135 may eat from it and not die. 6:51 I am the living bread that came down from heaven. If anyone eats from this bread he will live forever. The bread 136 that I will give for the life of the world is my flesh.”
6:52 Then the Jews who were hostile to Jesus 137 began to argue with one another, 138 “How can this man 139 give us his flesh to eat?” 6:53 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 140 unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, 141 you have no life 142 in yourselves. 6:54 The one who eats 143 my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day. 144 6:55 For my flesh is true 145 food, and my blood is true 146 drink. 6:56 The one who eats 147 my flesh and drinks my blood resides in me, and I in him. 148 6:57 Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so the one who consumes 149 me will live because of me. 6:58 This 150 is the bread that came down from heaven; it is not like the bread your ancestors 151 ate, but then later died. 152 The one who eats 153 this bread will live forever.”
Many Followers Depart
6:59 Jesus 154 said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue 155 in Capernaum. 156 6:60 Then many of his disciples, when they heard these things, 157 said, “This is a difficult 158 saying! 159 Who can understand it?” 160 6:61 When Jesus was aware 161 that his disciples were complaining 162 about this, he said to them, “Does this cause you to be offended? 163 6:62 Then what if you see the Son of Man ascending where he was before? 164 6:63 The Spirit is the one who gives life; human nature is of no help! 165 The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and are life. 166 6:64 But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus had already known from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) 167 6:65 So Jesus added, 168 “Because of this I told you that no one can come to me unless the Father has allowed him to come.” 169
6:66 After this many of his disciples quit following him 170 and did not accompany him 171 any longer. 6:67 So Jesus said to the twelve, “You don’t want to go away too, do you?” 172 6:68 Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom would we go? You have the words of eternal life. 6:69 We 173 have come to believe and to know 174 that you are the Holy One of God!” 175 6:70 Jesus replied, 176 “Didn’t I choose you, the twelve, and yet one of you is the devil?” 177 6:71 (Now he said this about Judas son of Simon Iscariot, 178 for Judas, 179 one of the twelve, was going to betray him.) 180
The Feast of Tabernacles
7:1 After this 181 Jesus traveled throughout Galilee. 182 He 183 stayed out of Judea 184 because the Jewish leaders 185 wanted 186 to kill him. 7:2 Now the Jewish feast of Tabernacles 187 was near. 188 7:3 So Jesus’ brothers 189 advised him, “Leave here and go to Judea so your disciples may see your miracles that you are performing. 190 7:4 For no one who seeks to make a reputation for himself 191 does anything in secret. 192 If you are doing these things, show yourself to the world.” 7:5 (For not even his own brothers believed in him.) 193
7:6 So Jesus replied, 194 “My time 195 has not yet arrived, 196 but you are ready at any opportunity! 197 7:7 The world cannot hate you, but it hates me, because I am testifying about it that its deeds are evil. 7:8 You go up 198 to the feast yourselves. I am not going up to this feast 199 because my time 200 has not yet fully arrived.” 201 7:9 When he had said this, he remained in Galilee.
7:10 But when his brothers had gone up to the feast, then Jesus 202 himself also went up, not openly but in secret. 7:11 So the Jewish leaders 203 were looking for him at the feast, asking, “Where is he?” 204 7:12 There was 205 a lot of grumbling 206 about him among the crowds. 207 Some were saying, “He is a good man,” but others, “He deceives the common people.” 208 7:13 However, no one spoke openly about him for fear of the Jewish leaders. 209
Teaching in the Temple
7:14 When the feast was half over, Jesus went up to the temple courts 210 and began to teach. 211 7:15 Then the Jewish leaders 212 were astonished 213 and said, “How does this man know so much when he has never had formal instruction?” 214 7:16 So Jesus replied, 215 “My teaching is not from me, but from the one who sent me. 216 7:17 If anyone wants to do God’s will, 217 he will know about my teaching, whether it is from God or whether I speak from my own authority. 218 7:18 The person who speaks on his own authority 219 desires 220 to receive honor 221 for himself; the one who desires 222 the honor 223 of the one who sent him is a man of integrity, 224 and there is no unrighteousness in him. 7:19 Hasn’t Moses given you the law? Yet not one of you keeps 225 the law! Why do you want 226 to kill me?”
7:20 The crowd 227 answered, “You’re possessed by a demon! 228 Who is trying to kill you?” 229 7:21 Jesus replied, 230 “I performed one miracle 231 and you are all amazed. 232 7:22 However, because Moses gave you the practice of circumcision 233 (not that it came from Moses, but from the forefathers), you circumcise a male child 234 on the Sabbath. 7:23 But if a male child 235 is circumcised 236 on the Sabbath so that the law of Moses is not broken, 237 why are you angry with me because I made a man completely well 238 on the Sabbath? 7:24 Do not judge according to external appearance, 239 but judge with proper 240 judgment.”
Questions About Jesus’ Identity
7:25 Then some of the residents of Jerusalem 241 began to say, “Isn’t this the man 242 they are trying 243 to kill? 7:26 Yet here he is, speaking publicly, 244 and they are saying nothing to him. 245 Do the rulers really know that this man 246 is the Christ? 247 7:27 But we know where this man 248 comes from. 249 Whenever the Christ 250 comes, no one will know where he comes from.” 251
7:28 Then Jesus, while teaching in the temple courts, 252 cried out, 253 “You both know me and know where I come from! 254 And I have not come on my own initiative, 255 but the one who sent me 256 is true. You do not know him, 257 7:29 but 258 I know him, because I have come from him 259 and he 260 sent me.”
7:30 So then they tried to seize Jesus, 261 but no one laid a hand on him, because his time 262 had not yet come. 7:31 Yet many of the crowd 263 believed in him and said, “Whenever the Christ 264 comes, he won’t perform more miraculous signs than this man did, will he?” 265
7:32 The Pharisees 266 heard the crowd 267 murmuring these things about Jesus, 268 so the chief priests and the Pharisees sent officers 269 to arrest him. 270 7:33 Then Jesus said, “I will be with you for only a little while longer, 271 and then 272 I am going to the one who sent me. 7:34 You will look for me 273 but will not find me, and where I am you cannot come.”
7:35 Then the Jewish leaders 274 said to one another, “Where is he 275 going to go that we cannot find him? 276 He is not going to go to the Jewish people dispersed 277 among the Greeks and teach the Greeks, is he? 278 7:36 What did he mean by saying, 279 ‘You will look for me 280 but will not find me, and where I am you cannot come’?”
Teaching About the Spirit
7:37 On the last day of the feast, the greatest day, 281 Jesus stood up and shouted out, 282 “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me, and 7:38 let the one who believes in me drink. 283 Just as the scripture says, ‘From within him 284 will flow rivers of living water.’” 285 7:39 (Now he said this about the Spirit, whom those who believed in him were going to receive, for the Spirit had not yet been given, 286 because Jesus was not yet glorified.) 287
Differing Opinions About Jesus
7:40 When they heard these words, some of the crowd 288 began to say, “This really 289 is the Prophet!” 290 7:41 Others said, “This is the Christ!” 291 But still others said, “No, 292 for the Christ doesn’t come from Galilee, does he? 293 7:42 Don’t the scriptures say that the Christ is a descendant 294 of David 295 and comes from Bethlehem, 296 the village where David lived?” 297 7:43 So there was a division in the crowd 298 because of Jesus. 299 7:44 Some of them were wanting to seize him, but no one laid a hand on him. 300
Lack of Belief
7:45 Then the officers 301 returned 302 to the chief priests and Pharisees, 303 who said to them, “Why didn’t you bring him back with you?” 304 7:46 The officers replied, “No one ever spoke like this man!” 7:47 Then the Pharisees answered, 305 “You haven’t been deceived too, have you? 306 7:48 None of the rulers 307 or the Pharisees have believed in him, have they? 308 7:49 But this rabble 309 who do not know the law are accursed!”
7:50 Nicodemus, who had gone to Jesus 310 before and who was one of the rulers, 311 said, 312 7:51 “Our law doesn’t condemn 313 a man unless it first hears from him and learns 314 what he is doing, does it?” 315 7:52 They replied, 316 “You aren’t from Galilee too, are you? 317 Investigate carefully and you will see that no prophet 318 comes from Galilee!”7:53
A Woman Caught in Adultery
[[And each one departed to his own house. 8:1 But Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 320 8:2 Early in the morning he came to the temple courts again. All the people came to him, and he sat down and began to teach 321 them. 8:3 The experts in the law 322 and the Pharisees 323 brought a woman who had been caught committing adultery. They made her stand in front of them 8:4 and said to Jesus, 324 “Teacher, this woman was caught in the very act of adultery. 8:5 In the law Moses commanded us to stone to death 325 such women. 326 What then do you say?” 8:6 (Now they were asking this in an attempt to trap him, so that they could bring charges against 327 him.) 328 Jesus bent down and wrote on the ground with his finger. 329 8:7 When they persisted in asking him, he stood up straight 330 and replied, 331 “Whoever among you is guiltless 332 may be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8:8 Then 333 he bent over again and wrote on the ground.
8:9 Now when they heard this, they began to drift away one at a time, starting with the older ones, 334 until Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 8:10 Jesus stood up straight 335 and said to her, “Woman, 336 where are they? Did no one condemn you?” 8:11 She replied, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “I do not condemn you either. Go, and from now on do not sin any more.”]] 337
Jesus as the Light of the World
8:12 Then Jesus spoke out again, 338 “I am the light of the world. 339 The one who follows me will never 340 walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” 8:13 So the Pharisees 341 objected, 342 “You testify about yourself; your testimony is not true!” 343 8:14 Jesus answered, 344 “Even if I testify about myself, my testimony is true, because I know where I came from and where I am going. But you people 345 do not know where I came from or where I am going. 346 8:15 You people 347 judge by outward appearances; 348 I do not judge anyone. 349 8:16 But if I judge, my evaluation is accurate, 350 because I am not alone when I judge, 351 but I and the Father who sent me do so together. 352 8:17 It is written in your law that the testimony of two men is true. 353 8:18 I testify about myself 354 and the Father who sent me testifies about me.”
8:19 Then they began asking 355 him, “Who is your father?” Jesus answered, “You do not know either me or my Father. If you knew me you would know my Father too.” 356 8:20 (Jesus 357 spoke these words near the offering box 358 while he was teaching in the temple courts. 359 No one seized him because his time 360 had not yet come.) 361
Where Jesus Came From and Where He is Going
8:21 Then Jesus 362 said to them again, 363 “I am going away, and you will look for me 364 but will die in your sin. 365 Where I am going you cannot come.” 8:22 So the Jewish leaders 366 began to say, 367 “Perhaps he is going to kill himself, because he says, ‘Where I am going you cannot come.’” 8:23 Jesus replied, 368 “You people 369 are from below; I am from above. You people are from this world; I am not from this world. 8:24 Thus I told you 370 that you will die in your sins. For unless you believe that I am he, 371 you will die in your sins.”
8:25 So they said to him, “Who are you?” Jesus replied, 372 “What I have told you from the beginning. 8:26 I have many things to say and to judge 373 about you, but the Father 374 who sent me is truthful, 375 and the things I have heard from him I speak to the world.” 376 8:27 (They did not understand that he was telling them about his Father.) 377
8:28 Then Jesus said, 378 “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, 379 and I do nothing on my own initiative, 380 but I speak just what the Father taught me. 381 8:29 And the one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, 382 because I always do those things that please him.” 8:30 While he was saying these things, many people 383 believed in him.
Abraham’s Children and the Devil’s Children
8:31 Then Jesus said to those Judeans 384 who had believed him, “If you continue to follow my teaching, 385 you are really 386 my disciples 8:32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” 387 8:33 “We are descendants 388 of Abraham,” they replied, 389 “and have never been anyone’s slaves! How can you say, 390 ‘You will become free’?” 8:34 Jesus answered them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 391 everyone who practices 392 sin is a slave 393 of sin. 8:35 The slave does not remain in the family 394 forever, but the son remains forever. 395 8:36 So if the son 396 sets you free, you will be really free. 8:37 I know that you are Abraham’s descendants. 397 But you want 398 to kill me, because my teaching 399 makes no progress among you. 400 8:38 I am telling you the things I have seen while with the 401 Father; 402 as for you, 403 practice the things you have heard from the 404 Father!”
8:39 They answered him, 405 “Abraham is our father!” 406 Jesus replied, 407 “If you are 408 Abraham’s children, you would be doing 409 the deeds of Abraham. 8:40 But now you are trying 410 to kill me, a man who has told you 411 the truth I heard from God. Abraham did not do this! 412 8:41 You people 413 are doing the deeds of your father.”
Then 414 they said to Jesus, 415 “We were not born as a result of immorality! 416 We have only one Father, God himself.” 8:42 Jesus replied, 417 “If God were your Father, you would love me, for I have come from God and am now here. 418 I 419 have not come on my own initiative, 420 but he 421 sent me. 8:43 Why don’t you understand what I am saying? It is because you cannot accept 422 my teaching. 423 8:44 You people 424 are from 425 your father the devil, and you want to do what your father desires. 426 He 427 was a murderer from the beginning, and does not uphold the truth, 428 because there is no truth in him. Whenever he lies, 429 he speaks according to his own nature, 430 because he is a liar and the father of lies. 431 8:45 But because I am telling you 432 the truth, you do not believe me. 8:46 Who among you can prove me guilty 433 of any sin? 434 If I am telling you 435 the truth, why don’t you believe me? 8:47 The one who belongs to 436 God listens and responds 437 to God’s words. You don’t listen and respond, 438 because you don’t belong to God.” 439
8:48 The Judeans 440 replied, 441 “Aren’t we correct in saying 442 that you are a Samaritan and are possessed by a demon?” 443 8:49 Jesus answered, “I am not possessed by a demon, 444 but I honor my Father – and yet 445 you dishonor me. 8:50 I am not trying to get 446 praise for myself. 447 There is one who demands 448 it, and he also judges. 449 8:51 I tell you the solemn truth, 450 if anyone obeys 451 my teaching, 452 he will never see death.” 453
8:52 Then 454 the Judeans 455 responded, 456 “Now we know you’re possessed by a demon! 457 Both Abraham and the prophets died, and yet 458 you say, ‘If anyone obeys 459 my teaching, 460 he will never experience 461 death.’ 462 8:53 You aren’t greater than our father Abraham who died, are you? 463 And the prophets died too! Who do you claim to be?” 8:54 Jesus replied, 464 “If I glorify myself, my glory is worthless. 465 The one who glorifies me is my Father, about whom you people 466 say, ‘He is our God.’ 8:55 Yet 467 you do not know him, but I know him. If I were to say that I do not know him, 468 I would be a liar like you. But I do know him, and I obey 469 his teaching. 470 8:56 Your father Abraham was overjoyed 471 to see my day, and he saw it and was glad.” 472
8:57 Then the Judeans 473 replied, 474 “You are not yet fifty years old! 475 Have 476 you seen Abraham?” 8:58 Jesus said to them, “I tell you the solemn truth, 477 before Abraham came into existence, 478 I am!” 479 8:59 Then they picked up 480 stones to throw at him, 481 but Jesus hid himself and went out from the temple area. 482
Healing a Man Born Blind
9:1 Now as Jesus was passing by, 483 he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 9:2 His disciples asked him, 484 “Rabbi, who committed the sin that caused him to be born blind, this man 485 or his parents?” 486 9:3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man 487 nor his parents sinned, but he was born blind so that 488 the acts 489 of God may be revealed 490 through what happens to him. 491 9:4 We must perform the deeds 492 of the one who sent me 493 as long as 494 it is daytime. Night is coming when no one can work. 9:5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 495 9:6 Having said this, 496 he spat on the ground and made some mud 497 with the saliva. He 498 smeared the mud on the blind man’s 499 eyes 9:7 and said to him, “Go wash in the pool of Siloam” 500 (which is translated “sent”). 501 So the blind man 502 went away and washed, and came back seeing.
9:8 Then the neighbors and the people who had seen him previously 503 as a beggar began saying, 504 “Is this not the man 505 who used to sit and beg?” 9:9 Some people said, 506 “This is the man!” 507 while others said, “No, but he looks like him.” 508 The man himself 509 kept insisting, “I am the one!” 510 9:10 So they asked him, 511 “How then were you made to see?” 512 9:11 He replied, 513 “The man called Jesus made mud, 514 smeared it 515 on my eyes and told me, 516 ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and was able to see.” 517 9:12 They said 518 to him, “Where is that man?” 519 He replied, 520 “I don’t know.”
The Pharisees’ Reaction to the Healing
9:13 They brought the man who used to be blind 521 to the Pharisees. 522 9:14 (Now the day on which Jesus made the mud 523 and caused him to see 524 was a Sabbath.) 525 9:15 So the Pharisees asked him again how he had gained his sight. 526 He replied, 527 “He put mud 528 on my eyes and I washed, and now 529 I am able to see.”
9:16 Then some of the Pharisees began to say, 530 “This man is not from God, because he does not observe 531 the Sabbath.” 532 But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform 533 such miraculous signs?” Thus there was a division 534 among them. 9:17 So again they asked the man who used to be blind, 535 “What do you say about him, since he caused you to see?” 536 “He is a prophet,” the man replied. 537
9:18 Now the Jewish religious leaders 538 refused to believe 539 that he had really been blind and had gained his sight until at last they summoned 540 the parents of the man who had become able to see. 541 9:19 They asked the parents, 542 “Is this your son, whom you say 543 was born blind? Then how does he now see?” 9:20 So his parents replied, 544 “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 9:21 But we do not know how he is now able to see, nor do we know who caused him to see. 545 Ask him, he is a mature adult. 546 He will speak for himself.” 9:22 (His parents said these things because they were afraid of the Jewish religious leaders. 547 For the Jewish leaders had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus 548 to be the Christ 549 would be put out 550 of the synagogue. 551 9:23 For this reason his parents said, “He is a mature adult, 552 ask him.”) 553
9:24 Then they summoned 554 the man who used to be blind 555 a second time and said to him, “Promise before God to tell the truth. 556 We know that this man 557 is a sinner.” 9:25 He replied, 558 “I do not know whether he is a sinner. I do know one thing – that although I was blind, now I can see.” 9:26 Then they said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he cause you to see?” 559 9:27 He answered, 560 “I told you already and you didn’t listen. 561 Why do you want to hear it 562 again? You people 563 don’t want to become his disciples too, do you?”
9:28 They 564 heaped insults 565 on him, saying, 566 “You are his disciple! 567 We are disciples of Moses! 9:29 We know that God has spoken to Moses! We do not know where this man 568 comes from!” 9:30 The man replied, 569 “This is a remarkable thing, 570 that you don’t know where he comes from, and yet he caused me to see! 571 9:31 We know that God doesn’t listen to 572 sinners, but if anyone is devout 573 and does his will, God 574 listens to 575 him. 576 9:32 Never before 577 has anyone heard of someone causing a man born blind to see. 578 9:33 If this man 579 were not from God, he could do nothing.” 9:34 They replied, 580 “You were born completely in sinfulness, 581 and yet you presume to teach us?” 582 So they threw him out.
The Man’s Response to Jesus
9:35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, so he found the man 583 and said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 584 9:36 The man 585 replied, 586 “And who is he, sir, that 587 I may believe in him?” 9:37 Jesus told him, “You have seen him; he 588 is the one speaking with you.” 589 9:38 [He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. 590 9:39 Jesus 591 said,] 592 “For judgment I have come into this world, so that those who do not see may gain their sight, 593 and the ones who see may become blind.”
9:40 Some of the Pharisees 594 who were with him heard this 595 and asked him, 596 “We are not blind too, are we?” 597 9:41 Jesus replied, 598 “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin, 599 but now because you claim that you can see, 600 your guilt 601 remains.” 602
Jesus as the Good Shepherd
10:1 “I tell you the solemn truth, 603 the one who does not enter the sheepfold 604 by the door, 605 but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. 10:2 The one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 10:3 The doorkeeper 606 opens the door 607 for him, 608 and the sheep hear his voice. He 609 calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 610 10:4 When he has brought all his own sheep 611 out, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they recognize 612 his voice. 10:5 They will never follow a stranger, 613 but will run away from him, because they do not recognize 614 the stranger’s voice.” 615 10:6 Jesus told them this parable, 616 but they 617 did not understand 618 what he was saying to them.
10:7 So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth, 619 I am the door for the sheep. 620 10:8 All who came before me were 621 thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 622 10:9 I am the door. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, 623 and find pasture. 624 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill 625 and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. 626
10:11 “I am the good 627 shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life 628 for the sheep. 10:12 The hired hand, 629 who is not a shepherd and does not own sheep, sees the wolf coming and abandons 630 the sheep and runs away. 631 So the wolf attacks 632 the sheep and scatters them. 10:13 Because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep, 633 he runs away. 634
10:14 “I am the good shepherd. I 635 know my own 636 and my own know me – 10:15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life 637 for 638 the sheep. 10:16 I have 639 other sheep that do not come from 640 this sheepfold. 641 I must bring them too, and they will listen to my voice, 642 so that 643 there will be one flock and 644 one shepherd. 10:17 This is why the Father loves me 645 – because I lay down my life, 646 so that I may take it back again. 10:18 No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down 647 of my own free will. 648 I have the authority 649 to lay it down, and I have the authority 650 to take it back again. This commandment 651 I received from my Father.”
10:19 Another sharp division took place among the Jewish people 652 because of these words. 10:20 Many of them were saying, “He is possessed by a demon and has lost his mind! 653 Why do you listen to him?” 10:21 Others said, “These are not the words 654 of someone possessed by a demon. A demon cannot cause the blind to see, 655 can it?” 656
Jesus at the Feast of Dedication
10:22 Then came the feast of the Dedication 657 in Jerusalem. 658 10:23 It was winter, 659 and Jesus was walking in the temple area 660 in Solomon’s Portico. 661 10:24 The Jewish leaders 662 surrounded him and asked, 663 “How long will you keep us in suspense? 664 If you are the Christ, 665 tell us plainly.” 666 10:25 Jesus replied, 667 “I told you and you do not believe. The deeds 668 I do in my Father’s name testify about me. 10:26 But you refuse to believe because you are not my sheep. 10:27 My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 10:28 I give 669 them eternal life, and they will never perish; 670 no one will snatch 671 them from my hand. 10:29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, 672 and no one can snatch 673 them from my Father’s hand. 10:30 The Father and I 674 are one.” 675
10:31 The Jewish leaders 676 picked up rocks again to stone him to death. 10:32 Jesus said to them, 677 “I have shown you many good deeds 678 from the Father. For which one of them are you going to stone me?” 10:33 The Jewish leaders 679 replied, 680 “We are not going to stone you for a good deed 681 but for blasphemy, 682 because 683 you, a man, are claiming to be God.” 684
10:34 Jesus answered, 685 “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’? 686 10:35 If those people to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods’ (and the scripture cannot be broken), 687 10:36 do you say about the one whom the Father set apart 688 and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 10:37 If I do not perform 689 the deeds 690 of my Father, do not believe me. 10:38 But if I do them, even if you do not believe me, believe the deeds, 691 so that you may come to know 692 and understand that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” 10:39 Then 693 they attempted 694 again to seize him, but he escaped their clutches. 695
10:40 Jesus 696 went back across the Jordan River 697 again to the place where John 698 had been baptizing at an earlier time, 699 and he stayed there. 10:41 Many 700 came to him and began to say, “John 701 performed 702 no miraculous sign, but everything John said about this man 703 was true!” 10:42 And many believed in Jesus 704 there.
The Death of Lazarus
11:1 Now a certain man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village where Mary and her sister Martha lived. 705 11:2 (Now it was Mary who anointed the Lord with perfumed oil 706 and wiped his feet dry with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 707 11:3 So the sisters sent a message 708 to Jesus, 709 “Lord, look, the one you love is sick.” 11:4 When Jesus heard this, he said, “This sickness will not lead to death, 710 but to God’s glory, 711 so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” 712 11:5 (Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.) 713
11:6 So when he heard that Lazarus 714 was sick, he remained in the place where he was for two more days. 11:7 Then after this, he said to his disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 715 11:8 The disciples replied, 716 “Rabbi, the Jewish leaders 717 were just now trying 718 to stone you to death! Are 719 you going there again?” 11:9 Jesus replied, 720 “Are there not twelve hours in a day? If anyone walks around in the daytime, he does not stumble, 721 because he sees the light of this world. 722 11:10 But if anyone walks around at night, 723 he stumbles, 724 because the light is not in him.”
11:11 After he said this, he added, 725 “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep. 726 But I am going there to awaken him.” 11:12 Then the disciples replied, 727 “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 11:13 (Now Jesus had been talking about 728 his death, but they 729 thought he had been talking about real sleep.) 730
11:14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, 11:15 and I am glad 731 for your sake that I was not there, so that you may believe. 732 But let us go to him.” 11:16 So Thomas (called Didymus 733 ) 734 said to his fellow disciples, “Let us go too, so that we may die with him.” 735
Speaking with Martha and Mary
11:17 When 736 Jesus arrived, 737 he found that Lazarus 738 had been in the tomb four days already. 739 11:18 (Now Bethany was less than two miles 740 from Jerusalem, 741 11:19 so many of the Jewish people of the region 742 had come to Martha and Mary to console them 743 over the loss of their brother.) 744 11:20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary was sitting in the house. 745 11:21 Martha 746 said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 11:22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will grant 747 you.” 748
11:23 Jesus replied, 749 “Your brother will come back to life again.” 750 11:24 Martha said, 751 “I know that he will come back to life again 752 in the resurrection at the last day.” 11:25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live 753 even if he dies, 11:26 and the one who lives and believes in me will never die. 754 Do you believe this?” 11:27 She replied, 755 “Yes, Lord, I believe 756 that you are the Christ, 757 the Son of God who comes into the world.” 758
11:28 And when she had said this, Martha 759 went and called her sister Mary, saying privately, 760 “The Teacher is here and is asking for you.” 761 11:29 So when Mary 762 heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 11:30 (Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still in the place where Martha had come out to meet him.) 11:31 Then the people 763 who were with Mary 764 in the house consoling her saw her 765 get up quickly and go out. They followed her, because they thought she was going to the tomb to weep 766 there.
11:32 Now when Mary came to the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 11:33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the people 767 who had come with her weeping, he was intensely moved 768 in spirit and greatly distressed. 769 11:34 He asked, 770 “Where have you laid him?” 771 They replied, 772 “Lord, come and see.” 11:35 Jesus wept. 773 11:36 Thus the people who had come to mourn 774 said, “Look how much he loved him!” 11:37 But some of them said, “This is the man who caused the blind man to see! 775 Couldn’t he have done something to keep Lazarus 776 from dying?”
Lazarus Raised from the Dead
11:38 Jesus, intensely moved 777 again, came to the tomb. (Now it was a cave, and a stone was placed across it.) 778 11:39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” 779 Martha, the sister of the deceased, 780 replied, “Lord, by this time the body will have a bad smell, 781 because he has been buried 782 four days.” 783 11:40 Jesus responded, 784 “Didn’t I tell you that if you believe, you would see the glory of God?” 11:41 So they took away 785 the stone. Jesus looked upward 786 and said, “Father, I thank you that you have listened to me. 787 11:42 I knew that you always listen to me, 788 but I said this 789 for the sake of the crowd standing around here, that they may believe that you sent me.” 11:43 When 790 he had said this, he shouted in a loud voice, 791 “Lazarus, come out!” 11:44 The one who had died came out, his feet and hands tied up with strips of cloth, 792 and a cloth wrapped around his face. 793 Jesus said to them, “Unwrap him 794 and let him go.”
The Response of the Jewish Leaders
11:45 Then many of the people, 795 who had come with Mary and had seen the things Jesus 796 did, believed in him. 11:46 But some of them went to the Pharisees 797 and reported to them 798 what Jesus had done. 11:47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees 799 called the council 800 together and said, “What are we doing? For this man is performing many miraculous signs. 11:48 If we allow him to go on in this way, 801 everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away our sanctuary 802 and our nation.”
11:49 Then one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said, 803 “You know nothing at all! 11:50 You do not realize 804 that it is more to your advantage to have one man 805 die for the people than for the whole nation to perish.” 806 11:51 (Now he did not say this on his own, 807 but because he was high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the Jewish nation, 808 11:52 and not for the Jewish nation 809 only, 810 but to gather together 811 into one the children of God who are scattered.) 812 11:53 So from that day they planned together to kill him.
11:54 Thus Jesus no longer went 813 around publicly 814 among the Judeans, 815 but went away from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, 816 and stayed there with his disciples. 11:55 Now the Jewish feast of Passover 817 was near, and many people went up to Jerusalem 818 from the rural areas before the Passover to cleanse themselves ritually. 819 11:56 Thus they were looking for Jesus, 820 and saying to one another as they stood in the temple courts, 821 “What do you think? That he won’t come to the feast?” 11:57 (Now the chief priests and the Pharisees 822 had given orders that anyone who knew where Jesus 823 was should report it, so that they could arrest 824 him.) 825
12:1 Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom he 826 had raised from the dead. 12:2 So they prepared a dinner for Jesus 827 there. Martha 828 was serving, and Lazarus was among those present at the table 829 with him. 12:3 Then Mary took three quarters of a pound 830 of expensive aromatic oil from pure nard 831 and anointed the feet of Jesus. She 832 then wiped his feet dry with her hair. (Now the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfumed oil.) 833 12:4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was going to betray him) 834 said, 12:5 “Why wasn’t this oil sold for three hundred silver coins 835 and the money 836 given to the poor?” 12:6 (Now Judas 837 said this not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief. As keeper of the money box, 838 he used to steal what was put into it.) 839 12:7 So Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She has kept it for the day of my burial. 840 12:8 For you will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me!” 841
12:9 Now a large crowd of Judeans 842 learned 843 that Jesus 844 was there, and so they came not only because of him 845 but also to see Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead. 12:10 So the chief priests planned to kill Lazarus too, 846 12:11 for on account of him many of the Jewish people from Jerusalem 847 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. 848 12:13 So they took branches of palm trees 849 and went out to meet him. They began to shout, 850 “Hosanna! 851 Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! 852 Blessed is 853 the king of Israel!” 12:14 Jesus found a young donkey 854 and sat on it, just as it is written, 12:15 “Do not be afraid, people of Zion; 855 look, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt!” 856 12:16 (His disciples did not understand these things when they first happened, 857 but when Jesus was glorified, 858 then they remembered that these things were written about him and that these things had happened 859 to him.) 860
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. 861 12:18 Because they had heard that Jesus 862 had performed this miraculous sign, the crowd went out to meet him. 12:19 Thus the Pharisees 863 said to one another, “You see that you can do nothing. Look, the world has run off after him!”
12:20 Now some Greeks 864 were among those who had gone up to worship at the feast. 12:21 So these approached Philip, 865 who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and requested, 866 “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” 12:22 Philip went and told Andrew, and they both 867 went and told Jesus. 12:23 Jesus replied, 868 “The time 869 has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 870 12:24 I tell you the solemn truth, 871 unless a kernel of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains by itself alone. 872 But if it dies, it produces 873 much grain. 874 12:25 The one who loves his life 875 destroys 876 it, and the one who hates his life in this world guards 877 it for eternal life. 12:26 If anyone wants to serve me, he must follow 878 me, and where I am, my servant will be too. 879 If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
12:27 “Now my soul is greatly distressed. And what should I say? ‘Father, deliver me 880 from this hour’? 881 No, but for this very reason I have come to this hour. 882 12:28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, 883 “I have glorified it, 884 and I will glorify it 885 again.” 12:29 The crowd that stood there and heard the voice 886 said that it had thundered. Others said that an angel had spoken to him. 887 12:30 Jesus said, 888 “This voice has not come for my benefit 889 but for yours. 12:31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world 890 will be driven out. 891 12:32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people 892 to myself.” 12:33 (Now he said this to indicate clearly what kind of death he was going to die.) 893
12:34 Then the crowd responded, 894 “We have heard from the law that the Christ 895 will remain forever. 896 How 897 can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?” 12:35 Jesus replied, 898 “The light is with you for a little while longer. 899 Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. 900 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.” 901 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 902 had performed 903 so many miraculous signs before them, they still refused to believe in him, 12:38 so that the word 904 of Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled. He said, 905 “Lord, who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord 906 been revealed?” 907 12:39 For this reason they could not believe, 908 because again Isaiah said,
12:40 “He has blinded their eyes
and hardened their heart, 909
so that they would not see with their eyes
and understand with their heart, 910
12:41 Isaiah said these things because he saw Christ’s 913 glory, and spoke about him.
12:42 Nevertheless, even among the rulers 914 many believed in him, but because of the Pharisees 915 they would not confess Jesus to be the Christ, 916 so that they would not be put out of 917 the synagogue. 918 12:43 For they loved praise 919 from men more than praise 920 from God.
Jesus’ Final Public Words
12:44 But Jesus shouted out, 921 “The one who believes in me does not believe in me, but in the one who sent me, 922 12:45 and the one who sees me sees the one who sent me. 923 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 924 hears my words and does not obey them, 925 I do not judge him. For I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 926 12:48 The one who rejects me and does not accept 927 my words has a judge; 928 the word 929 I have spoken will judge him at the last day. 12:49 For I have not spoken from my own authority, 930 but the Father himself who sent me has commanded me 931 what I should say and what I should speak. 12:50 And I know that his commandment is eternal life. 932 Thus the things I say, I say just as the Father has told me.” 933
Washing the Disciples’ Feet
13:1 Just before the Passover feast, Jesus knew that his time 934 had come to depart 935 from this world to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he now loved them to the very end. 936 13:2 The evening meal 937 was in progress, and the devil had already put into the heart 938 of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, that he should betray 939 Jesus. 940 13:3 Because Jesus 941 knew that the Father had handed all things over to him, 942 and that he had come from God and was going back to God, 13:4 he got up from the meal, removed 943 his outer clothes, 944 took a towel and tied it around himself. 945 13:5 He poured water into the washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel he had wrapped around himself. 946
13:6 Then he came to Simon Peter. Peter 947 said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash 948 my feet?” 13:7 Jesus replied, 949 “You do not understand 950 what I am doing now, but you will understand 951 after these things.” 13:8 Peter said to him, “You will never wash my feet!” 952 Jesus replied, 953 “If I do not wash you, you have no share with me.” 954 13:9 Simon Peter said to him, “Lord, wash 955 not only my feet, but also my hands and my head!” 13:10 Jesus replied, 956 “The one who has bathed needs only to wash his feet, 957 but is completely 958 clean. 959 And you disciples 960 are clean, but not every one of you.” 13:11 (For Jesus 961 knew the one who was going to betray him. For this reason he said, “Not every one of you is 962 clean.”) 963
13:12 So when Jesus 964 had washed their feet and put his outer clothing back on, he took his place at the table 965 again and said to them, “Do you understand 966 what I have done for you? 13:13 You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and do so correctly, 967 for that is what I am. 968 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 969 – you should do just as I have done for you. 13:16 I tell you the solemn truth, 970 the slave 971 is not greater than his master, nor is the one who is sent as a messenger 972 greater than the one who sent him. 13:17 If you understand 973 these things, you will be blessed if you do them.
The Announcement of Jesus’ Betrayal
13:18 “What I am saying does not refer to all of you. I know the ones I have chosen. But this is to fulfill the scripture, 974 ‘The one who eats my bread 975 has turned against me.’ 976 13:19 I am telling you this now, 977 before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe 978 that I am he. 979 13:20 I tell you the solemn truth, 980 whoever accepts 981 the one I send accepts me, and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me.” 982
13:21 When he had said these things, Jesus was greatly distressed 983 in spirit, and testified, 984 “I tell you the solemn truth, 985 one of you will betray me.” 986 13:22 The disciples began to look at one another, worried and perplexed 987 to know which of them he was talking about. 13:23 One of his disciples, the one Jesus loved, 988 was at the table 989 to the right of Jesus in a place of honor. 990 13:24 So Simon Peter 991 gestured to this disciple 992 to ask Jesus 993 who it was he was referring to. 994 13:25 Then the disciple whom Jesus loved 995 leaned back against Jesus’ chest and asked him, “Lord, who is it?” 13:26 Jesus replied, 996 “It is the one to whom I will give this piece of bread 997 after I have dipped it in the dish.” 998 Then he dipped the piece of bread in the dish 999 and gave it to Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son. 13:27 And after Judas 1000 took the piece of bread, Satan entered into him. 1001 Jesus said to him, 1002 “What you are about to do, do quickly.” 13:28 (Now none of those present at the table 1003 understood 1004 why Jesus 1005 said this to Judas. 1006 13:29 Some thought that, because Judas had the money box, Jesus was telling him to buy whatever they needed for the feast, 1007 or to give something to the poor.) 1008 13:30 Judas 1009 took the piece of bread and went out immediately. (Now it was night.) 1010
The Prediction of Peter’s Denial
13:31 When 1011 Judas 1012 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, 1013 God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him right away. 1014 13:33 Children, I am still with you for a little while. You will look for me, 1015 and just as I said to the Jewish religious leaders, 1016 ‘Where I am going you cannot come,’ 1017 now I tell you the same. 1018
13:34 “I give you a new commandment – to love 1019 one another. Just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. 1020 13:35 Everyone 1021 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, 1022 “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!” 1023 13:38 Jesus answered, “Will you lay down your life for me? 1024 I tell you the solemn truth, 1025 the rooster will not crow until you have denied me three times!
Jesus’ Parting Words to His Disciples
14:1 “Do not let your hearts be distressed. 1026 You believe in God; 1027 believe also in me. 14:2 There are many dwelling places 1028 in my Father’s house. 1029 Otherwise, I would have told you, because 1030 I am going away to make ready 1031 a place for you. 1032 14:3 And if I go and make ready 1033 a place for you, I will come again and take you 1034 to be with me, 1035 so that where I am you may be too. 14:4 And you know the way where I am going.” 1036
14:5 Thomas said, 1037 “Lord, we don’t know where you are going. How can we know the way?” 14:6 Jesus replied, 1038 “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. 1039 No one comes to the Father except through me. 14:7 If you have known me, you will know my Father too. 1040 And from now on you do know him and have seen him.”
14:8 Philip said, 1041 “Lord, show us the Father, and we will be content.” 1042 14:9 Jesus replied, 1043 “Have I been with you for so long, and you have not known 1044 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? 1045 The words that I say to you, I do not speak on my own initiative, 1046 but the Father residing in me performs 1047 his miraculous deeds. 1048 14:11 Believe me that I am in the Father, and the Father is in me, but if you do not believe me, 1049 believe because of the miraculous deeds 1050 themselves. 14:12 I tell you the solemn truth, 1051 the person who believes in me will perform 1052 the miraculous deeds 1053 that I am doing, 1054 and will perform 1055 greater deeds 1056 than these, because I am going to the Father. 14:13 And I will do whatever you ask in my name, 1057 so that the Father may be glorified 1058 in the Son. 14:14 If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.
Teaching on the Holy Spirit
14:15 “If you love me, you will obey 1059 my commandments. 1060 14:16 Then 1061 I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate 1062 to be with you forever – 14:17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot accept, 1063 because it does not see him or know him. But you know him, because he resides 1064 with you and will be 1065 in you.
14:18 “I will not abandon 1066 you as orphans, 1067 I will come to you. 1068 14:19 In a little while 1069 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 1070 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 1071 them is the one who loves me. 1072 The one 1073 who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and will reveal 1074 myself to him.”
14:22 “Lord,” Judas (not Judas Iscariot) 1075 said, 1076 “what has happened that you are going to reveal 1077 yourself to us and not to the world?” 14:23 Jesus replied, 1078 “If anyone loves me, he will obey 1079 my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and take up residence with him. 1080 14:24 The person who does not love me does not obey 1081 my words. And the word 1082 you hear is not mine, but the Father’s who sent me.
14:25 “I have spoken these things while staying 1083 with you. 14:26 But the Advocate, 1084 the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you 1085 everything, 1086 and will cause you to remember everything 1087 I said to you.
14:27 “Peace I leave with you; 1088 my peace I give to you; I do not give it 1089 to you as the world does. 1090 Do not let your hearts be distressed or lacking in courage. 1091 14:28 You heard me say to you, 1092 ‘I am going away and I am coming back to you.’ If you loved me, you would be glad 1093 that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I am. 1094 14:29 I have told you now before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe. 1095 14:30 I will not speak with you much longer, 1096 for the ruler of this world is coming. 1097 He has no power over me, 1098 14:31 but I am doing just what the Father commanded me, so that the world may know 1099 that I love the Father. 1100 Get up, let us go from here.” 1101
The Vine and the Branches
15:1 “I am the true vine 1102 and my Father is the gardener. 1103 15:2 He takes away 1104 every branch that does not bear 1105 fruit in me. He 1106 prunes 1107 every branch that bears 1108 fruit so that it will bear more fruit. 15:3 You are clean already 1109 because of the word that I have spoken to you. 15:4 Remain 1110 in me, and I will remain in you. 1111 Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, 1112 unless it remains 1113 in 1114 the vine, so neither can you unless you remain 1115 in me.
15:5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains 1116 in me – and I in him – bears 1117 much fruit, 1118 because apart from me you can accomplish 1119 nothing. 15:6 If anyone does not remain 1120 in me, he is thrown out like a branch, and dries up; and such branches are gathered up and thrown into the fire, 1121 and are burned up. 1122 15:7 If you remain 1123 in me and my words remain 1124 in you, ask whatever you want, and it will be done for you. 1125 15:8 My Father is honored 1126 by this, that 1127 you bear 1128 much fruit and show that you are 1129 my disciples.
15:9 “Just as the Father has loved me, I have also loved you; remain 1130 in my love. 15:10 If you obey 1131 my commandments, you will remain 1132 in my love, just as I have obeyed 1133 my Father’s commandments and remain 1134 in his love. 15:11 I have told you these things 1135 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. 1136 15:13 No one has greater love than this – that one lays down his life 1137 for his friends. 15:14 You are my friends 1138 if you do what I command you. 15:15 I no longer call you slaves, 1139 because the slave does not understand 1140 what his master is doing. But I have called you friends, because I have revealed to you everything 1141 I heard 1142 from my Father. 15:16 You did not choose me, but I chose you 1143 and appointed you to go and bear 1144 fruit, fruit that remains, 1145 so that whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. 15:17 This 1146 I command you – to love one another.
The World’s Hatred
15:18 “If the world hates you, be aware 1147 that it hated me first. 1148 15:19 If you belonged to the world, 1149 the world would love you as its own. 1150 However, because you do not belong to the world, 1151 but I chose you out of the world, for this reason 1152 the world hates you. 1153 15:20 Remember what 1154 I told you, ‘A slave 1155 is not greater than his master.’ 1156 If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they obeyed 1157 my word, they will obey 1158 yours too. 15:21 But they will do all these things to you on account of 1159 my name, because they do not know the one who sent me. 1160 15:22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not be guilty of sin. 1161 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 1162 among them the miraculous deeds 1163 that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin. 1164 But now they have seen the deeds 1165 and have hated both me and my Father. 1166 15:25 Now this happened 1167 to fulfill the word that is written in their law, ‘They hated me without reason.’ 1168 15:26 When the Advocate 1169 comes, whom I will send you from the Father – the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father – he 1170 will testify about me, 15:27 and you also will testify, because you have been with me from the beginning.
16:1 “I have told you all these things so that you will not fall away. 1171 16:2 They will put you out of 1172 the synagogue, 1173 yet a time 1174 is coming when the one who kills you will think he is offering service to God. 1175 16:3 They 1176 will do these things because they have not known the Father or me. 1177 16:4 But I have told you these things 1178 so that when their time 1179 comes, you will remember that I told you about them. 1180
“I did not tell you these things from the beginning because I was with you. 1181 16:5 But now I am going to the one who sent me, 1182 and not one of you is asking me, ‘Where are you going?’ 1183 16:6 Instead your hearts are filled with sadness 1184 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 1185 will not come to you, but if I go, I will send him to you. 16:8 And when he 1186 comes, he will prove the world wrong 1187 concerning sin and 1188 righteousness and 1189 judgment – 16:9 concerning sin, because 1190 they do not believe in me; 1191 16:10 concerning righteousness, 1192 because 1193 I am going to the Father and you will see me no longer; 16:11 and concerning judgment, 1194 because 1195 the ruler of this world 1196 has been condemned. 1197
16:12 “I have many more things to say to you, 1198 but you cannot bear 1199 them now. 16:13 But when he, 1200 the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide 1201 you into all truth. 1202 For he will not speak on his own authority, 1203 but will speak whatever he hears, and will tell you 1204 what is to come. 1205 16:14 He 1206 will glorify me, 1207 because he will receive 1208 from me what is mine 1209 and will tell it to you. 1210 16:15 Everything that the Father has is mine; that is why I said the Spirit 1211 will receive from me what is mine 1212 and will tell it to you. 1213 16:16 In a little while you 1214 will see me no longer; again after a little while, you 1215 will see me.” 1216
16:17 Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What is the meaning of what he is saying, 1217 ‘In a little while you 1218 will not see me; again after a little while, you 1219 will see me,’ and, ‘because I am going to the Father’?” 1220 16:18 So they kept on repeating, 1221 “What is the meaning of what he says, 1222 ‘In a little while’? 1223 We do not understand 1224 what he is talking about.” 1225
16:19 Jesus could see 1226 that they wanted to ask him about these things, 1227 so 1228 he said to them, “Are you asking 1229 each other about this – that I said, ‘In a little while you 1230 will not see me; again after a little while, you 1231 will see me’? 16:20 I tell you the solemn truth, 1232 you will weep 1233 and wail, 1234 but the world will rejoice; you will be sad, 1235 but your sadness will turn into 1236 joy. 16:21 When a woman gives birth, she has distress 1237 because her time 1238 has come, but when her child is born, she no longer remembers the suffering because of her joy that a human being 1239 has been born into the world. 1240 16:22 So also you have sorrow 1241 now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy away from you. 1242 16:23 At that time 1243 you will ask me nothing. I tell you the solemn truth, 1244 whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you. 1245 16:24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive it, 1246 so that your joy may be complete.
16:25 “I have told you these things in obscure figures of speech; 1247 a time 1248 is coming when I will no longer speak to you in obscure figures, but will tell you 1249 plainly 1250 about the Father. 16:26 At that time 1251 you will ask in my name, and I do not say 1252 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. 1253 16:28 I came from the Father and entered into the world, but in turn, 1254 I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” 1255
16:29 His disciples said, “Look, now you are speaking plainly 1256 and not in obscure figures of speech! 1257 16:30 Now we know that you know everything 1258 and do not need anyone 1259 to ask you anything. 1260 Because of this 1261 we believe that you have come from God.”
16:31 Jesus replied, 1262 “Do you now believe? 16:32 Look, a time 1263 is coming – and has come – when you will be scattered, each one to his own home, 1264 and I will be left alone. 1265 Yet 1266 I am not alone, because my Father 1267 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, 1268 but take courage 1269 – I have conquered the world.” 1270
Jesus Prays for the Father to Glorify Him
17:1 When Jesus had finished saying these things, he looked upward 1271 to heaven 1272 and said, “Father, the time 1273 has come. Glorify your Son, so that your 1274 Son may glorify you – 17:2 just as you have given him authority over all humanity, 1275 so that he may give eternal life to everyone you have given him. 1276 17:3 Now this 1277 is eternal life 1278 – that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, 1279 whom you sent. 17:4 I glorified you on earth by completing 1280 the work you gave me to do. 1281 17:5 And now, Father, glorify me at your side 1282 with the glory I had with you before the world was created. 1283
Jesus Prays for the Disciples
17:6 “I have revealed 1284 your name to the men 1285 you gave me out of the world. They belonged to you, 1286 and you gave them to me, and they have obeyed 1287 your word. 17:7 Now they understand 1288 that everything 1289 you have given me comes from you, 17:8 because I have given them the words you have given me. They 1290 accepted 1291 them 1292 and really 1293 understand 1294 that I came from you, and they believed that you sent me. 17:9 I am praying 1295 on behalf of them. I am not praying 1296 on behalf of the world, but on behalf of those you have given me, because they belong to you. 1297 17:10 Everything 1298 I have belongs to you, 1299 and everything you have belongs to me, 1300 and I have been glorified by them. 1301 17:11 I 1302 am no longer in the world, but 1303 they are in the world, and I am coming to you. Holy Father, keep them safe 1304 in your name 1305 that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are one. 1306 17:12 When I was with them I kept them safe 1307 and watched over them 1308 in your name 1309 that you have given me. Not one 1310 of them was lost except the one destined for destruction, 1311 so that the scripture could be fulfilled. 1312 17:13 But now I am coming to you, and I am saying these things in the world, so they may experience 1313 my joy completed 1314 in themselves. 17:14 I have given them your word, 1315 and the world has hated them, because they do not belong to the world, 1316 just as I do not belong to the world. 1317 17:15 I am not asking you to take them out of the world, but that you keep them safe 1318 from the evil one. 1319 17:16 They do not belong to the world 1320 just as I do not belong to the world. 1321 17:17 Set them apart 1322 in the truth; your word is truth. 17:18 Just as you sent me into the world, so I sent them into the world. 1323 17:19 And I set myself apart 1324 on their behalf, 1325 so that they too may be truly set apart. 1326
Jesus Prays for Believers Everywhere
17:20 “I am not praying 1327 only on their behalf, but also on behalf of those who believe 1328 in me through their testimony, 1329 17:21 that they will all be one, just as you, Father, are in me and I am in you. I pray 1330 that they will be in us, so that the world will believe that you sent me. 17:22 The glory 1331 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, 1332 so that the world will know that you sent me, and you have loved them just as you have loved me.
17:24 “Father, I want those you have given me to be with me where I am, 1333 so that they can see my glory that you gave me because you loved me before the creation of the world 1334 . 17:25 Righteous Father, even if the world does not know you, I know you, and these men 1335 know that you sent me. 17:26 I made known your name to them, and I will continue to make it known, 1336 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, 1337 Jesus went out with his disciples across the Kidron Valley. 1338 There was an orchard 1339 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 1340 with his disciples.) 1341 18:3 So Judas obtained a squad of soldiers 1342 and some officers of the chief priests and Pharisees. 1343 They came to the orchard 1344 with lanterns 1345 and torches and weapons.
18:4 Then Jesus, because he knew everything that was going to happen to him, 1346 came and asked them, “Who are you looking for?” 1347 18:5 They replied, 1348 “Jesus the Nazarene.” He told them, “I am he.” (Now Judas, the one who betrayed him, was standing there with them.) 1349 18:6 So when Jesus 1350 said to them, “I am he,” they retreated 1351 and fell to the ground. 1352 18:7 Then Jesus 1353 asked them again, “Who are you looking for?” And they said, “Jesus the Nazarene.” 18:8 Jesus replied, 1354 “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for 1355 me, let these men 1356 go.” 1357 18:9 He said this 1358 to fulfill the word he had spoken, 1359 “I have not lost a single one of those whom you gave me.” 1360
18:10 Then Simon Peter, who had a sword, pulled it out and struck the high priest’s slave, 1361 cutting off his right ear. 1362 (Now the slave’s name was Malchus.) 1363 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?” 1364
Jesus Before Annas
18:12 Then the squad of soldiers 1365 with their commanding officer 1366 and the officers of the Jewish leaders 1367 arrested 1368 Jesus and tied him up. 1369 18:13 They 1370 brought him first to Annas, for he was the father-in-law of Caiaphas, who was high priest that year. 1371 18:14 (Now it was Caiaphas who had advised 1372 the Jewish leaders 1373 that it was to their advantage that one man die for the people.) 1374
Peter’s First Denial
18:15 Simon Peter and another disciple followed them as they brought Jesus to Annas. 1375 (Now the other disciple 1376 was acquainted with the high priest, and he went with Jesus into the high priest’s courtyard.) 1377 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, 1378 and brought Peter inside. 18:17 The girl 1379 who was the doorkeeper said to Peter, “You’re not one of this man’s disciples too, are you?” 1380 He replied, 1381 “I am not.” 18:18 (Now the slaves 1382 and the guards 1383 were standing around a charcoal fire they had made, warming themselves because it was cold. 1384 Peter also was standing with them, warming himself.) 1385
Jesus Questioned by Annas
18:19 While this was happening, 1386 the high priest questioned Jesus about his disciples and about his teaching. 1387 18:20 Jesus replied, 1388 “I have spoken publicly to the world. I always taught in the synagogues 1389 and in the temple courts, 1390 where all the Jewish people 1391 assemble together. I 1392 have said nothing in secret. 18:21 Why do you ask me? Ask those who heard what I said. 1393 They 1394 know what I said.” 18:22 When Jesus 1395 had said this, one of the high priest’s officers who stood nearby struck him on the face and said, 1396 “Is that the way you answer the high priest?” 18:23 Jesus replied, 1397 “If I have said something wrong, 1398 confirm 1399 what is wrong. 1400 But if I spoke correctly, why strike me?” 18:24 Then Annas sent him, still tied up, 1401 to Caiaphas the high priest. 1402
Peter’s Second and Third Denials
18:25 Meanwhile Simon Peter was standing in the courtyard 1403 warming himself. They said to him, “You aren’t one of his disciples too, are you?” 1404 Peter 1405 denied it: “I am not!” 18:26 One of the high priest’s slaves, 1406 a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off, 1407 said, “Did I not see you in the orchard 1408 with him?” 1409 18:27 Then Peter denied it again, and immediately a rooster crowed. 1410
Jesus Brought Before Pilate
18:28 Then they brought Jesus from Caiaphas to the Roman governor’s residence. 1411 (Now it was very early morning.) 1412 They 1413 did not go into the governor’s residence 1414 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 1415 do you bring against this man?” 1416 18:30 They replied, 1417 “If this man 1418 were not a criminal, 1419 we would not have handed him over to you.” 1420
18:31 Pilate told them, 1421 “Take him yourselves and pass judgment on him 1422 according to your own law!” 1423 The Jewish leaders 1424 replied, 1425 “We cannot legally put anyone to death.” 1426 18:32 (This happened 1427 to fulfill the word Jesus had spoken when he indicated 1428 what kind of death he was going to die. 1429 )
Pilate Questions Jesus
18:33 So Pilate went back into the governor’s residence, 1430 summoned Jesus, and asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” 1431 18:34 Jesus replied, 1432 “Are you saying this on your own initiative, 1433 or have others told you about me?” 18:35 Pilate answered, “I am not a Jew, am I? 1434 Your own people 1435 and your chief priests handed you over 1436 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 1437 handed over 1438 to the Jewish authorities. 1439 But as it is, 1440 my kingdom is not from here.” 18:37 Then Pilate said, 1441 “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 1442 my voice.” 18:38 Pilate asked, 1443 “What is truth?” 1444
When he had said this he went back outside to the Jewish leaders 1445 and announced, 1446 “I find no basis for an accusation 1447 against him. 18:39 But it is your custom that I release one prisoner 1448 for you at the Passover. 1449 So do you want me to release for you the king of the Jews?” 18:40 Then they shouted back, 1450 “Not this man, 1451 but Barabbas!” 1452 (Now Barabbas was a revolutionary. 1453 ) 1454
Pilate Tries to Release Jesus
19:1 Then Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged severely. 1455 19:2 The soldiers 1456 braided 1457 a crown of thorns 1458 and put it on his head, and they clothed him in a purple robe. 1459 19:3 They 1460 came up to him again and again 1461 and said, “Hail, king of the Jews!” 1462 And they struck him repeatedly 1463 in the face.
19:4 Again Pilate went out and said to the Jewish leaders, 1464 “Look, I am bringing him out to you, so that you may know that I find no reason for an accusation 1465 against him.” 19:5 So Jesus came outside, wearing the crown of thorns and the purple robe. 1466 Pilate 1467 said to them, “Look, here is the man!” 1468 19:6 When the chief priests and their officers saw him, they shouted out, “Crucify 1469 him! Crucify him!” 1470 Pilate said, 1471 “You take him and crucify him! 1472 Certainly 1473 I find no reason for an accusation 1474 against him!” 19:7 The Jewish leaders 1475 replied, 1476 “We have a law, 1477 and according to our law he ought to die, because he claimed to be the Son of God!” 1478
19:8 When Pilate heard what they said, 1479 he was more afraid than ever, 1480 19:9 and he went back into the governor’s residence 1481 and said to Jesus, “Where do you come from?” But Jesus gave him no answer. 19:10 So Pilate said, 1482 “Do you refuse to speak to me? Don’t you know I have the authority 1483 to release you, and to crucify you?” 1484 19:11 Jesus replied, “You would have no authority 1485 over me at all, unless it was given to you from above. Therefore the one who handed me over to you 1486 is guilty of greater sin.” 1487
19:12 From this point on, Pilate tried 1488 to release him. But the Jewish leaders 1489 shouted out, 1490 “If you release this man, 1491 you are no friend of Caesar! 1492 Everyone who claims to be a king 1493 opposes Caesar!” 19:13 When Pilate heard these words he brought Jesus outside and sat down on the judgment seat 1494 in the place called “The Stone Pavement” 1495 (Gabbatha in 1496 Aramaic). 1497 19:14 (Now it was the day of preparation 1498 for the Passover, about noon. 1499 ) 1500 Pilate 1501 said to the Jewish leaders, 1502 “Look, here is your king!”
19:15 Then they 1503 shouted out, “Away with him! Away with him! 1504 Crucify 1505 him!” Pilate asked, 1506 “Shall I crucify your king?” The high priests replied, “We have no king except Caesar!” 19:16 Then Pilate 1507 handed him over 1508 to them to be crucified.
So they took Jesus, 19:17 and carrying his own cross 1509 he went out to the place called “The Place of the Skull” 1510 (called in Aramaic 1511 Golgotha). 1512 19:18 There they 1513 crucified 1514 him along with two others, 1515 one on each side, with Jesus in the middle. 19:19 Pilate also had a notice 1516 written and fastened to the cross, 1517 which read: 1518 “Jesus the Nazarene, the king of the Jews.” 19:20 Thus many of the Jewish residents of Jerusalem 1519 read this notice, 1520 because the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city, and the notice was written in Aramaic, 1521 Latin, and Greek. 19:21 Then the chief priests of the Jews 1522 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 1523 Jesus, they took his clothes and made four shares, one for each soldier, 1524 and the tunic 1525 remained. (Now the tunic 1526 was seamless, woven from top to bottom as a single piece.) 1527 19:24 So the soldiers said to one another, “Let’s not tear it, but throw dice 1528 to see who will get it.” 1529 This took place 1530 to fulfill the scripture that says, “They divided my garments among them, and for my clothing they threw dice.” 1531 So the soldiers did these things.
19:25 Now standing beside Jesus’ cross were his mother, his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. 1532 19:26 So when Jesus saw his mother and the disciple whom he loved standing there, he said to his mother, “Woman, 1533 look, here is your son!” 19:27 He then said to his disciple, “Look, here is your mother!” From that very time 1534 the disciple took her into his own home.
19:28 After this Jesus, realizing that by this time 1535 everything was completed, 1536 said (in order to fulfill the scripture), 1537 “I am thirsty!” 1538 19:29 A jar full of sour wine 1539 was there, so they put a sponge soaked in sour wine on a branch of hyssop 1540 and lifted it 1541 to his mouth. 19:30 When 1542 he had received the sour wine, Jesus said, “It is completed!” 1543 Then he bowed his head and gave up his spirit. 1544
19:31 Then, because it was the day of preparation, so that the bodies should not stay on the crosses on the Sabbath 1545 (for that Sabbath was an especially important one), 1546 the Jewish leaders 1547 asked Pilate to have the victims’ legs 1548 broken 1549 and the bodies taken down. 1550 19:32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of the two men who had been crucified 1551 with Jesus, 1552 first the one and then the other. 1553 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 1554 his side with a spear, and blood and water 1555 flowed out immediately. 19:35 And the person who saw it 1556 has testified (and his testimony is true, and he 1557 knows that he is telling the truth), 1558 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.” 1559 19:37 And again another scripture says, “They will look on the one whom they have pierced.” 1560
19:38 After this, Joseph of Arimathea, a disciple of Jesus (but secretly, because he feared the Jewish leaders 1561 ), 1562 asked Pilate if he could remove the body of Jesus. Pilate 1563 gave him permission, so he went and took the body away. 1564 19:39 Nicodemus, the man who had previously come to Jesus 1565 at night, 1566 accompanied Joseph, 1567 carrying a mixture of myrrh and aloes 1568 weighing about seventy-five pounds. 1569 19:40 Then they took Jesus’ body and wrapped it, with the aromatic spices, 1570 in strips of linen cloth 1571 according to Jewish burial customs. 1572 19:41 Now at the place where Jesus 1573 was crucified 1574 there was a garden, 1575 and in the garden 1576 was a new tomb where no one had yet been buried. 1577 19:42 And so, because it was the Jewish day of preparation 1578 and the tomb was nearby, 1579 they placed Jesus’ body there.
20:1 Now very early on the first day of the week, 1580 while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene 1581 came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been moved away from the entrance. 1582 20:2 So she went running 1583 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. 1584 20:4 The two were running together, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter 1585 and reached the tomb first. 1586 20:5 He bent down 1587 and saw the strips of linen cloth lying there, 1588 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 1589 the strips of linen cloth lying there, 20:7 and the face cloth, 1590 which had been around Jesus’ head, not lying with the strips of linen cloth but rolled up in a place by itself. 1591 20:8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, came in, and he saw and believed. 1592 20:9 (For they did not yet understand 1593 the scripture that Jesus 1594 must rise from the dead.) 1595
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 Jesus’ body had been lying, one at the head and one at the feet. 20:13 They said 1596 to her, “Woman, 1597 why are you weeping?” Mary replied, 1598 “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, 1599 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 1600 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 1601 turned and said to him in Aramaic, 1602 “Rabboni” 1603 (which means Teacher). 1604 20:17 Jesus replied, 1605 “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 1606 what 1607 Jesus 1608 had said to her. 1609
Jesus’ Appearance to the Disciples
20:19 On the evening of that day, the first day of the week, the disciples had gathered together 1610 and locked the doors 1611 of the place 1612 because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. 1613 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. 1614 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, 1615 “Receive the Holy Spirit. 1616 20:23 If you forgive anyone’s sins, they are forgiven; 1617 if you retain anyone’s sins, they are retained.” 1618
The Response of Thomas
20:24 Now Thomas (called Didymus), 1619 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, 1620 “Unless I see the wounds 1621 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!” 1622
20:26 Eight days later the disciples were again together in the house, 1623 and Thomas was with them. Although the doors were locked, 1624 Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20:27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put 1625 your finger here, and examine 1626 my hands. Extend 1627 your hand and put it 1628 into my side. Do not continue in your unbelief, but believe.” 1629 20:28 Thomas replied to him, 1630 “My Lord and my God!” 1631 20:29 Jesus said to him, “Have you believed because you have seen me? Blessed are the people 1632 who have not seen and yet have believed.” 1633
20:30 Now Jesus performed 1634 many other miraculous signs in the presence of the 1635 disciples, which are not recorded 1636 in this book. 1637 20:31 But these 1638 are recorded 1639 so that you may believe 1640 that Jesus is the Christ, 1641 the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name. 1642
Jesus’ Appearance to the Disciples in Galilee
21:1 After this 1643 Jesus revealed himself again to the disciples by the Sea of Tiberias. 1644 Now this is how he did so. 1645 21:2 Simon Peter, Thomas 1646 (called Didymus), 1647 Nathanael 1648 (who was from Cana 1649 in Galilee), the sons 1650 of Zebedee, 1651 and two other disciples 1652 of his were together. 21:3 Simon Peter told them, “I am going fishing.” “We will go with you,” they replied. 1653 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, 1654 do you?” 1655 They replied, 1656 “No.” 21:6 He told them, “Throw your net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some.” 1657 So they threw the net, 1658 and were not able to pull it in because of the large number of fish.
21:7 Then the disciple whom 1659 Jesus loved 1660 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), 1661 and plunged 1662 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. 1663
21:9 When they got out on the beach, 1664 they saw a charcoal fire ready 1665 with a fish placed on it, and bread. 21:10 Jesus said, 1666 “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 1667 full of large fish, one hundred fifty-three, 1668 but although there were so many, the net was not torn. 21:12 “Come, have breakfast,” Jesus said. 1669 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.
21:15 Then when they had finished breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon, son of John, 1670 do you love me more than these do?” 1671 He replied, 1672 “Yes, Lord, you know I love you.” 1673 Jesus 1674 told him, “Feed my lambs.” 21:16 Jesus 1675 said 1676 a second time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” He replied, 1677 “Yes, Lord, you know I love you.” Jesus 1678 told him, “Shepherd my sheep.” 21:17 Jesus 1679 said 1680 a third time, “Simon, son of John, do you love me?” Peter was distressed 1681 that Jesus 1682 asked 1683 him a third time, “Do you love me?” and said, 1684 “Lord, you know everything. You know that I love you.” Jesus 1685 replied, 1686 “Feed my sheep. 21:18 I tell you the solemn truth, 1687 when you were young, you tied your clothes around you 1688 and went wherever you wanted, but when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will tie you up 1689 and bring you where you do not want to go.” 21:19 (Now Jesus 1690 said this to indicate clearly by what kind of death Peter 1691 was going to glorify God.) 1692 After he said this, Jesus told Peter, 1693 “Follow me.”
Peter and the Disciple Jesus Loved
21:20 Peter turned around and saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them. 1694 (This was the disciple 1695 who had leaned back against Jesus’ 1696 chest at the meal and asked, 1697 “Lord, who is the one who is going to betray you?”) 1698 21:21 So when Peter saw him, 1699 he asked Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” 21:22 Jesus replied, 1700 “If I want him to live 1701 until I come back, 1702 what concern is that of yours? You follow me!” 21:23 So the saying circulated 1703 among the brothers and sisters 1704 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 1705 until I come back, 1706 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, 1707 I suppose the whole world 1708 would not have room for the books that would be written. 1709