Jesus Anointed At Bethany
Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethnay,
Where Lazarus lived, who Jesus had raised from the Dead .
2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus honor.
While Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with Him.
3 Then Mary took a pint 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.'
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.
7 'Leave her alone,' Jesus replied.
'It was meant that she should save this Perfume
For the Day of My Burial.
8 You will always have the poor among you,
But you will not always have Me.'
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 putting their Faith in Him.
The Triumphal Entry
12 The next day the Great Crowd
That had come for the Feast heard
That Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem.
13 They took palm branches
And went out to meet Him, shouting,
'Blessed is He Who comes in the name of the Lord!'
'Blessed is the King of Israel!'
14 Jesus found a young donkey and sat upon it, as it is written.
15 'Do not be afraid, O Daughter of Zion;
See, your King is coming, seated on a donkey's colt.'
16 At first His Disciples did not understand all this.
Only after Jesus was Glorified did they realize
That these things had been written about Him
And that they had done these things to Him.
17 Now the Crowd that was with Him
Had continued to spread the word
That He had called Lazarus from the Dead.
18 Many people, because they had heard
That He had given this miraculous 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 Feast.
21 They came to Philip,
Who as 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 I TELL YOU THE TRUTH,
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 THE MAN WHO LOVES HIS LIFE WILL LOSE IT,
WHILE THE MAN WHO HATES HIS 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.
27 'Now My heart is Troubled, and what shall I say?
FATHER SAVE ME FROM HIS HOUR'?
NO I CAME FOR THIS VERY REASON
I CAME TO THIS HOUR.
28 FATHER GLORIFY YOU NAME!'
Then a Voice came from Heaven,
'I HAVE GLORIFIED IT, AND WILL GLORIFY IT AGAIN.'
29 The Crowd that was there and heard it said it had thundered;
Others said an angel had spoken to Him.
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 BUT I, WHEN I AM LIFTED UP FROM THE EARTH,
WILL DRAW ALL MEN TO MYSELF.'
He said this to show the kind of death He was going to die.
34 The Crowd spoke up,
'We have heard from the Law that the Christ will remain forever,
So how can You say,
'THE SON OF MAN MUST BE LIFTED UP'?
Who is this Son of Man'?
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.
The man who walks in the Dark does not know where he is going.
(Which is the Entire World apart from Christ.)
36 PUT YOUR TRUST IN THE LIGHT WHILE YOU HAVE IT,
SO THAT YOU MAY BECOME SONS OF THE LIGHT.'
When He had finished speaking, Jesus left and hid Himself from them.
The Jews Continue In Their Unbelief
37 Even after Jesus had done
All these miraculous signs in their presence,
They still would not believe in Him.
38 This was to fulfill the Word of Isaiah the Prophet:
'Lord, who has believed our message
And to whom has the Arm of the Lord been revealed?'
39 For this reason they could not believe,
Because, as Isaiah says elsewhere:
40 'He (Satan) has Blinded their eyes
And deadened their hearts,
So they can neither see with their eyes
Nor understand with their hearts,
Nor turn—and I would heal them.'
41 Isaiah said this because he saw Jesus' Glory
And spoke about Him.
42 Yet at the same time many even among the leaders believed in Him.
But because of the Pharisees they would not confess their Faith
For Fear they would be put out of the Synagogue;
43 FOR THEY LOVED THE PRAISE FORM MEN
MORE THAN PRAISE FROM GOD.
44 Then Jesus cried out,
'WHEN A MAN BELIEVES IN ME,
HE DOES NOT BELIEVE IN ME ONLY,
BUT IN THE ONE WHO SENT ME.
45 WHEN HE LOOKS AT ME, HE SEES THE ONE WHO SENT ME.
46 I HAVE COME INTO THE WORLD AS A LIGHT,
(The only Light that exists in the World)
SO THAT NO ONE WHO BELIEVES IN ME SHOULD STAY IN DARKNESS.
(The World without Faith in Christ Jesus is complete Darkness)
47 As for the person who hears My Words
But does not keep them,
I do not judge him,
FOR I DID NOT COME TO JUDGE THE WORLD,
BUT TO SAVE IT.
48 There is a Judge for the one who Rejects Me
And does not accept My Words;
THE VERY WORD WHICH I SPOKE WILL CONDEMN HIM
AT THE LAST DAY.
49 For I did not speak of My own accord,
But the Father Who sent Me Commanded Me
What to say and how to say it.
50 I KNOW HIS COMMAND LEADS TO ETERNAL LIFE.
SO WHATEVER I SAY
IS JUST WHAT THE FATHER HAD TOLD ME TO SAY.'