Jesus Anointed at Bethany
12:1-8Ref1 — Mt 26:6-13 * ; Mk 14:3-9 * ; Lk 7:37-39 *
1 Six days before the Passover, * Jesus came to Bethany, * where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, * while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint2 of pure nard, an expensive perfume; * she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. * And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, * objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.3 ” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, * he used to help himself to what was put into it.
9 Meanwhile a large crowd of Jews found out that Jesus was there and came, not only because of him but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. * 10 So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, 11 for on account of him * many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and believing in him. *
Jesus Comes to Jerusalem as King
12:12-15pp5 — Mt 21:4-9 * ; Mk 11:7-10 * ; Lk 19:35-38 *
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!”7 *
“Blessed is the king of Israel!” *
see, your king is coming,
seated on a donkey’s colt.”8 *
17 Now the crowd that was with him * when he called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to spread the word. 18 Many people, because they had heard that he had performed this sign, * went out to meet him. 19 So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after him!” *
Jesus Predicts His Death
20 Now there were some Greeks * among those who went up to worship at the festival. 21 They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida * in Galilee, with a request. “Sir,” they said, “we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went to tell Andrew; Andrew and Philip in turn told Jesus.
23 Jesus replied, “The hour * has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. * 24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, * it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. 25 Anyone who loves their life will lose it, while anyone who hates their life in this world will keep it * for eternal life. * 26 Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. * My Father will honor the one who serves me.
30 Jesus said, “This voice was for your benefit, * not mine. 31 Now is the time for judgment on this world; * now the prince of this world * will be driven out. 32 And I, when I am lifted up9 from the earth, * will draw all people to myself.” * 33 He said this to show the kind of death he was going to die. *
35 Then Jesus told them, “You are going to have the light * just a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, * before darkness overtakes you. * Whoever walks in the dark does not know where they are going. 36 Believe in the light while you have the light, so that you may become children of light.” * When he had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid himself from them. *
Belief and Unbelief Among the Jews
“Lord, who has believed our message
and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”10 *
and hardened their hearts,
so they can neither see with their eyes,
nor understand with their hearts,
nor turn—and I would heal them.”11 *
42 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in him. * But because of the Pharisees * they would not openly acknowledge their faith for fear they would be put out of the synagogue; * 43 for they loved human praise * more than praise from God. *
44 Then Jesus cried out, “Whoever believes in me does not believe in me only, but in the one who sent me. * 45 The one who looks at me is seeing the one who sent me. * 46 I have come into the world as a light, * so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness.
47 “If anyone hears my words but does not keep them, I do not judge that person. For I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. * 48 There is a judge for the one who rejects me and does not accept my words; the very words I have spoken will condemn them * at the last day. 49 For I did not speak on my own, but the Father who sent me commanded me * to say all that I have spoken. 50 I know that his command leads to eternal life. * So whatever I say is just what the Father has told me to say.” *