John 12:1-26 The Message Bible

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

12 1  Six days before Passover, Jesus entered Bethany where Lazarus, so recently raised from the dead, was living. 2  Lazarus and his sisters invited Jesus to dinner at their home. Martha served. Lazarus was one of those sitting at the table with them. 3  Mary came in with a jar of very expensive aromatic oils, anointed and massaged Jesus' feet, and then wiped them with her hair. The fragrance of the oils filled the house. 4  Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples, even then getting ready to betray him, said, 5  "Why wasn't this oil sold and the money given to the poor? It would have easily brought three hundred silver pieces." 6  He said this not because he cared two cents about the poor but because he was a thief. He was in charge of their common funds, but also embezzled them. 7  Jesus said, "Let her alone. She's anticipating and honoring the day of my burial. 8  You always have the poor with you. You don't always have me."

The Plot against Lazarus

9  Word got out among the Jews that he was back in town. The people came to take a look, not only at Jesus but also at Lazarus, who had been raised from the dead. 10  So the high priests plotted to kill Lazarus 11  because so many of the Jews were going over and believing in Jesus on account of him. See How Your King Comes

The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

12  The next day the huge crowd that had arrived for the Feast heard that Jesus was entering Jerusalem. 13  They broke off palm branches and went out to meet him. And they cheered: Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in God's name! Yes! The King of Israel! 14  Jesus got a young donkey and rode it, just as the Scripture has it: 15  No fear, Daughter Zion: See how your king comes, riding a donkey's colt. 16  The disciples didn't notice the fulfillment of many Scriptures at the time, but after Jesus was glorified, they remembered that what was written about him matched what was done to him. 17  The crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, was there giving eyewitness accounts. 18  It was because they had spread the word of this latest God-sign that the crowd swelled to a welcoming parade. 19  The Pharisees took one look and threw up their hands: "It's out of control. The world's in a stampede after him." A Grain of Wheat Must Die

Some Greeks Seek Jesus

20  There were some Greeks in town who had come up to worship at the Feast. 21  They approached Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee: "Sir, we want to see Jesus. Can you help us?" 22  Philip went and told Andrew. Andrew and Philip together told Jesus. 23  Jesus answered, "Time's up. The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24  "Listen carefully: Unless a grain of wheat is buried in the ground, dead to the world, it is never any more than a grain of wheat. But if it is buried, it sprouts and reproduces itself many times over. 25  In the same way, anyone who holds on to life just as it is destroys that life. But if you let it go, reckless in your love, you'll have it forever, real and eternal. 26  "If any of you wants to serve me, then follow me. Then you'll be where I am, ready to serve at a moment's notice. The Father will honor and reward anyone who serves me.

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