John 12:27-50 Bible in Basic English

The Son of Man Must Be Lifted Up

27  Now is my soul troubled; and what am I to say? Father, keep me from this hour. No: for this purpose have I come to this hour. 28  Father, give glory to your name. Then there came a voice out of heaven, saying, I have given it glory, and I will give it glory again. 29  Hearing the sound, a number of people who were there said that it was thunder: others said, An angel was talking to him. 30  Jesus said in answer, This voice came not for me but for you. 31  Now is this world to be judged: now will the ruler of this world be sent out. 32  And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will make all men come to me. 33  (This he said, pointing to the sort of death he would have.) 34  Then the people in answer said to him, The law says that the Christ will have life without end: how say you then that it is necessary for the Son of man to be lifted up? Who is this Son of man? 35  Jesus said to them, For a little time longer the light will be among you; while you have the light go on walking in it, so that the dark may not overtake you: one walking in the dark has no knowledge of where he is going. 36  In so far as you have the light, put your faith in the light so that you may become sons of light. With these words Jesus went away and for a time was not seen again by them.

The Unbelief of the Jews

37  But though he had done such a number of signs before them, they still had no belief in him: 38  So that the words of the prophet Isaiah might come true, when he said, Lord, who has any belief in our preaching? and the arm of the Lord, to whom has it been unveiled? 39  For this reason they were unable to have belief, because Isaiah said again, 40  He has made their eyes blind, and their hearts hard; for fear that they might see with their eyes and get knowledge with their hearts, and be changed, and I might make them well. 41  (Isaiah said these words because he saw his glory. His words were about him.)

42  However, a number even of the rulers had belief in him, but because of the Pharisees they did not say so openly for fear that they might be shut out from the Synagogue: 43  For the praise of men was dearer to them than the approval of God.

The Judgment of Jesus' Word

44  Then Jesus said with a loud voice, He who has faith in me, has faith not in me, but in him who sent me. 45  And he who sees me, sees him who sent me. 46  I have come as a light into the world, so that no one who has faith in me will go on living in the dark. 47  And if any man gives ear to my words and does not keep them, I am not his judge: I did not come to be judge of the world but to give salvation to the world. 48  He who puts me on one side and does not take my words to heart, is not without a judge: the word which I have said will be his judge on the last day. 49  For I have not said it on my authority, but the Father who sent me gave me orders what to say and how to say it. 50  And I have knowledge that his order is eternal life: so that the things which I say, I say them even as the Father says them to me.


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