The Anointing at Bethany
1Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, #Matt. 21:17; John 11:1, 43where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead. 2#Matt. 26:6; Mark 14:3; Luke 10:38–41There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. 3Then #Luke 10:38, 39; John 11:2Mary took a pound of very costly oil of #Song 1:12spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
4But one of His disciples, #John 13:26Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, 5“Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” 6This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and #John 13:29had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.
7But Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. 8For #Deut. 15:11; Matt. 26:11; Mark 14:7; John 17:11the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.”
The Plot to Kill Lazarus
9Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, #John 11:43, 44whom He had raised from the dead. 10#Luke 16:31But the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also, 11#John 11:45; 12:18because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.
The Triumphal Entry
12#Matt. 21:4–9; Mark 11:7–10; Luke 19:35–38The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out:
#Ps. 118:25, 26‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
The King of Israel!”
14#Matt. 21:7Then Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written:
15“Fear#Is. 40:9; Zech. 9:9 not, daughter of Zion;
Behold, your King is coming,
Sitting on a donkey’s colt.”
16#Luke 18:34His disciples did not understand these things at first; #John 7:39; 12:23but when Jesus was glorified, #(John 14:26)then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.
17Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness. 18#John 12:11For this reason the people also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign. 19The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, #John 11:47, 48“You see that you are accomplishing nothing. Look, the world has gone after Him!”
The Fruitful Grain of Wheat
20Now there #Mark 7:26; Acts 17:4were certain Greeks among those #1 Kin. 8:41, 42; Acts 8:27who came up to worship at the feast. 21Then they came to Philip, #John 1:43, 44; 14:8–11who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”
22Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn Andrew and Philip told Jesus.
23But Jesus answered them, saying, #Matt. 26:18, 45; John 13:32; Acts 3:13“The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified. 24Most assuredly, I say to you, #(Rom. 14:9); 1 Cor. 15:36unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. 25#Matt. 10:39; Mark 8:35; Luke 9:24He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26If anyone serves Me, let him #(Matt. 16:24)follow Me; and #John 14:3; 17:24; (1 Thess. 4:17)where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.
Jesus Predicts His Death on the Cross
27#(Matt. 26:38, 39); Mark 14:34; Luke 12:50; John 11:33“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? #Luke 22:53; John 18:37But for this purpose I came to this hour. 28Father, glorify Your name.”
#Matt. 3:17; 17:5; Mark 1:11; 9:7; Luke 3:22; 9:35Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”
29Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.”
30Jesus answered and said, #John 11:42“This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake. 31Now is the judgment of this world; now #Matt. 12:29; Luke 10:18; (Acts 26:18; 2 Cor. 4:4)the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32And I, #John 3:14; 8:28if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw #(Rom. 5:18; Heb. 2:9)all peoples to Myself.” 33#John 18:32; 21:19This He said, signifying by what death He would die.
34The people answered Him, #Ps. 89:36, 37; Is. 9:6, 7; Mic. 4:7“We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever; and how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?”
35Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer #(John 1:9; 7:33; 8:12)the light is with you. #Jer. 13:16; (Gal. 6:10); Eph. 5:8Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; #John 11:10; (1 John 2:9–11)he who walks in darkness does not know where he is going. 36While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become #Luke 16:8; John 8:12sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and #John 8:59was hidden from them.
Who Has Believed Our Report?
37But although He had done so many #John 11:47signs before them, they did not believe in Him, 38that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke:
#Is. 53:1; Rom. 10:16“Lord, who has believed our report?
And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
39Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again:
40“He#Is. 6:9, 10 has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts,
#Matt. 13:14Lest they should see with their eyes,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.”
41#Is. 6:1These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.
Walk in the Light
42Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but #John 7:13; 9:22because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue; 43#John 5:41, 44for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
44Then Jesus cried out and said, #Mark 9:37“He who believes in Me, #(John 3:16, 18, 36; 11:25, 26)believes not in Me #(John 5:24)but in Him who sent Me. 45And #(John 14:9)he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me. 46#John 1:4, 5; 8:12; 12:35, 36I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. 47And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, #John 5:45I do not judge him; for #John 3:17I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. 48#(Luke 10:16)He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—#Deut. 18:18, 19; (John 5:45; 8:47)the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day. 49For #John 8:38I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, #Deut. 18:18what I should say and what I should speak. 50And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I #John 5:19; 8:28speak.”