John 12:1-26 New Revised Standard Version

Jesus Anointed at Bethany

12 1  Six days before the Passover Jesus came to Bethany, the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 2  There they gave a dinner for him. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those at the table with him. 3  Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard, anointed Jesus' feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4  But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was about to betray him), said, 5  "Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor?" 6  (He said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief; he kept the common purse and used to steal what was put into it.) 7  Jesus said, "Leave her alone. She bought it so that she might keep it for the day of my burial. 8  You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me."

The Plot against Lazarus

9  When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. 10  So the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death as well, 11  since it was on account of him that many of the Jews were deserting and were believing in Jesus.

The Triumphal Entry into Jerusalem

12  The next day the great crowd that had come to the festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 13  So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, "Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord- the King of Israel!" 14  Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it; as it is written: 15  "Do not be afraid, daughter of Zion. Look, your king is coming, sitting on a donkey's colt!" 16  His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things had been written of him and had been done to him. 17  So the crowd that had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead continued to testify. 18  It was also because they heard that he had performed this sign that the crowd went to meet him. 19  The Pharisees then said to one another, "You see, you can do nothing. Look, the world has gone after him!"

Some Greeks Seek Jesus

20  Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. 21  They came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus." 22  Philip went and told Andrew; then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23  Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 24  Very truly, I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains just a single grain; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25  Those who love their life lose it, and those who hate their life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26  Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there will my servant be also. Whoever serves me, the Father will honor.

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