24 Then they summoned 72  the man who used to be blind 73  a second time and said to him, “Promise before God to tell the truth. 74  We know that this man 75  is a sinner.” 25 He replied, 76  “I do not know whether he is a sinner. I do know one thing – that although I was blind, now I can see.” 26 Then they said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he cause you to see?” 77  27 He answered, 78  “I told you already and you didn’t listen. 79  Why do you want to hear it 80  again? You people 81  don’t want to become his disciples too, do you?”

28 They 82  heaped insults 83  on him, saying, 84  “You are his disciple! 85  We are disciples of Moses! 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses! We do not know where this man 86  comes from!” 30 The man replied, 87  “This is a remarkable thing, 88  that you don’t know where he comes from, and yet he caused me to see! 89  31 We know that God doesn’t listen to 90  sinners, but if anyone is devout 91  and does his will, God 92  listens to 93  him. 94  32 Never before 95  has anyone heard of someone causing a man born blind to see. 96  33 If this man 97  were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34 They replied, 98  “You were born completely in sinfulness, 99  and yet you presume to teach us?” 100  So they threw him out.

The Man’s Response to Jesus

35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, so he found the man 101  and said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 102  36 The man 103  replied, 104  “And who is he, sir, that 105  I may believe in him?” 37 Jesus told him, “You have seen him; he 106  is the one speaking with you.” 107  38 [He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. 108  39 Jesus 109  said,] 110  “For judgment I have come into this world, so that those who do not see may gain their sight, 111  and the ones who see may become blind.”

40 Some of the Pharisees 112  who were with him heard this 113  and asked him, 114  “We are not blind too, are we?” 115  41 Jesus replied, 116  “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin, 117  but now because you claim that you can see, 118  your guilt 119  remains.” 120 

Jesus as the Good Shepherd

10 “I tell you the solemn truth, 1  the one who does not enter the sheepfold 2  by the door, 3  but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The doorkeeper 4  opens the door 5  for him, 6  and the sheep hear his voice. He 7  calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 8  4 When he has brought all his own sheep 9  out, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they recognize 10  his voice. 5 They will never follow a stranger, 11  but will run away from him, because they do not recognize 12  the stranger’s voice.” 13  6 Jesus told them this parable, 14  but they 15  did not understand 16  what he was saying to them.

7 So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth, 17  I am the door for the sheep. 18  8 All who came before me were 19  thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 20  9 I am the door. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, 21  and find pasture. 22  10 The thief comes only to steal and kill 23  and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. 24 

11 “I am the good 25  shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life 26  for the sheep. 12 The hired hand, 27  who is not a shepherd and does not own sheep, sees the wolf coming and abandons 28  the sheep and runs away. 29  So the wolf attacks 30  the sheep and scatters them. 13 Because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep, 31  he runs away. 32 

14 “I am the good shepherd. I 33  know my own 34  and my own know me – 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life 35  for 36  the sheep. 16 I have 37  other sheep that do not come from 38  this sheepfold. 39  I must bring them too, and they will listen to my voice, 40  so that 41  there will be one flock and 42  one shepherd. 17 This is why the Father loves me 43  – because I lay down my life, 44  so that I may take it back again. 18 No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down 45  of my own free will. 46  I have the authority 47  to lay it down, and I have the authority 48  to take it back again. This commandment 49  I received from my Father.”

19 Another sharp division took place among the Jewish people 50  because of these words. 20 Many of them were saying, “He is possessed by a demon and has lost his mind! 51  Why do you listen to him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words 52  of someone possessed by a demon. A demon cannot cause the blind to see, 53  can it?” 54 

Jesus at the Feast of Dedication

22 Then came the feast of the Dedication 55  in Jerusalem. 56  23 It was winter, 57  and Jesus was walking in the temple area 58  in Solomon’s Portico. 59  24 The Jewish leaders 60  surrounded him and asked, 61  “How long will you keep us in suspense? 62  If you are the Christ, 63  tell us plainly.” 64  25 Jesus replied, 65  “I told you and you do not believe. The deeds 66  I do in my Father’s name testify about me. 26 But you refuse to believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give 67  them eternal life, and they will never perish; 68  no one will snatch 69  them from my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, 70  and no one can snatch 71  them from my Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I 72  are one.” 73 

31 The Jewish leaders 74  picked up rocks again to stone him to death. 32 Jesus said to them, 75  “I have shown you many good deeds 76  from the Father. For which one of them are you going to stone me?” 33 The Jewish leaders 77  replied, 78  “We are not going to stone you for a good deed 79  but for blasphemy, 80  because 81  you, a man, are claiming to be God.” 82 

34 Jesus answered, 83  “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’? 84  35 If those people to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods’ (and the scripture cannot be broken), 85  36 do you say about the one whom the Father set apart 86  and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I do not perform 87  the deeds 88  of my Father, do not believe me. 38 But if I do them, even if you do not believe me, believe the deeds, 89  so that you may come to know 90  and understand that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” 39 Then 91  they attempted 92  again to seize him, but he escaped their clutches. 93 

40 Jesus 94  went back across the Jordan River 95  again to the place where John 96  had been baptizing at an earlier time, 97  and he stayed there. 41 Many 98  came to him and began to say, “John 99  performed 100  no miraculous sign, but everything John said about this man 101  was true!” 42 And many believed in Jesus 102  there.

The Death of Lazarus

11 Now a certain man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village where Mary and her sister Martha lived. 1  2 (Now it was Mary who anointed the Lord with perfumed oil 2  and wiped his feet dry with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 3  3 So the sisters sent a message 4  to Jesus, 5  “Lord, look, the one you love is sick.” 4 When Jesus heard this, he said, “This sickness will not lead to death, 6  but to God’s glory, 7  so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” 8  5 (Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.) 9 

6 So when he heard that Lazarus 10  was sick, he remained in the place where he was for two more days. 7 Then after this, he said to his disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 11  8 The disciples replied, 12  “Rabbi, the Jewish leaders 13  were just now trying 14  to stone you to death! Are 15  you going there again?” 9 Jesus replied, 16  “Are there not twelve hours in a day? If anyone walks around in the daytime, he does not stumble, 17  because he sees the light of this world. 18  10 But if anyone walks around at night, 19  he stumbles, 20  because the light is not in him.”

11 After he said this, he added, 21  “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep. 22  But I am going there to awaken him.” 12 Then the disciples replied, 23  “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 13 (Now Jesus had been talking about 24  his death, but they 25  thought he had been talking about real sleep.) 26 

14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, 15 and I am glad 27  for your sake that I was not there, so that you may believe. 28  But let us go to him.” 16 So Thomas (called Didymus 29 ) 30  said to his fellow disciples, “Let us go too, so that we may die with him.” 31 

Speaking with Martha and Mary

17 When 32  Jesus arrived, 33  he found that Lazarus 34  had been in the tomb four days already. 35  18 (Now Bethany was less than two miles 36  from Jerusalem, 37  19 so many of the Jewish people of the region 38  had come to Martha and Mary to console them 39  over the loss of their brother.) 40  20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary was sitting in the house. 41  21 Martha 42  said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will grant 43  you.” 44 

23 Jesus replied, 45  “Your brother will come back to life again.” 46  24 Martha said, 47  “I know that he will come back to life again 48  in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live 49  even if he dies, 26 and the one who lives and believes in me will never die. 50  Do you believe this?” 27 She replied, 51  “Yes, Lord, I believe 52  that you are the Christ, 53  the Son of God who comes into the world.” 54 

28 And when she had said this, Martha 55  went and called her sister Mary, saying privately, 56  “The Teacher is here and is asking for you.” 57  29 So when Mary 58  heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 (Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still in the place where Martha had come out to meet him.) 31 Then the people 59  who were with Mary 60  in the house consoling her saw her 61  get up quickly and go out. They followed her, because they thought she was going to the tomb to weep 62  there.

32 Now when Mary came to the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the people 63  who had come with her weeping, he was intensely moved 64  in spirit and greatly distressed. 65  34 He asked, 66  “Where have you laid him?” 67  They replied, 68  “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. 69  36 Thus the people who had come to mourn 70  said, “Look how much he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “This is the man who caused the blind man to see! 71  Couldn’t he have done something to keep Lazarus 72  from dying?”

Lazarus Raised from the Dead

38 Jesus, intensely moved 73  again, came to the tomb. (Now it was a cave, and a stone was placed across it.) 74  39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” 75  Martha, the sister of the deceased, 76  replied, “Lord, by this time the body will have a bad smell, 77  because he has been buried 78  four days.” 79  40 Jesus responded, 80  “Didn’t I tell you that if you believe, you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away 81  the stone. Jesus looked upward 82  and said, “Father, I thank you that you have listened to me. 83  42 I knew that you always listen to me, 84  but I said this 85  for the sake of the crowd standing around here, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When 86  he had said this, he shouted in a loud voice, 87  “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The one who had died came out, his feet and hands tied up with strips of cloth, 88  and a cloth wrapped around his face. 89  Jesus said to them, “Unwrap him 90  and let him go.”

The Response of the Jewish Leaders

45 Then many of the people, 91  who had come with Mary and had seen the things Jesus 92  did, believed in him. 46 But some of them went to the Pharisees 93  and reported to them 94  what Jesus had done. 47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees 95  called the council 96  together and said, “What are we doing? For this man is performing many miraculous signs. 48 If we allow him to go on in this way, 97  everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away our sanctuary 98  and our nation.”

49 Then one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said, 99  “You know nothing at all! 50 You do not realize 100  that it is more to your advantage to have one man 101  die for the people than for the whole nation to perish.” 102  51 (Now he did not say this on his own, 103  but because he was high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the Jewish nation, 104  52 and not for the Jewish nation 105  only, 106  but to gather together 107  into one the children of God who are scattered.) 108  53 So from that day they planned together to kill him.

54 Thus Jesus no longer went 109  around publicly 110  among the Judeans, 111  but went away from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, 112  and stayed there with his disciples. 55 Now the Jewish feast of Passover 113  was near, and many people went up to Jerusalem 114  from the rural areas before the Passover to cleanse themselves ritually. 115  56 Thus they were looking for Jesus, 116  and saying to one another as they stood in the temple courts, 117  “What do you think? That he won’t come to the feast?” 57 (Now the chief priests and the Pharisees 118  had given orders that anyone who knew where Jesus 119  was should report it, so that they could arrest 120  him.) 121 

Jesus’ Anointing

12 Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom he 1  had raised from the dead. 2 So they prepared a dinner for Jesus 2  there. Martha 3  was serving, and Lazarus was among those present at the table 4  with him. 3 Then Mary took three quarters of a pound 5  of expensive aromatic oil from pure nard 6  and anointed the feet of Jesus. She 7  then wiped his feet dry with her hair. (Now the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfumed oil.) 8  4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was going to betray him) 9  said, 5 “Why wasn’t this oil sold for three hundred silver coins 10  and the money 11  given to the poor?” 6 (Now Judas 12  said this not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief. As keeper of the money box, 13  he used to steal what was put into it.) 14  7 So Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She has kept it for the day of my burial. 15  8 For you will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me!” 16 

9 Now a large crowd of Judeans 17  learned 18  that Jesus 19  was there, and so they came not only because of him 20  but also to see Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead. 10 So the chief priests planned to kill Lazarus too, 21  11 for on account of him many of the Jewish people from Jerusalem 22  were going away and believing in Jesus.

The Triumphal Entry

12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 23  13 So they took branches of palm trees 24  and went out to meet him. They began to shout, 25 Hosanna! 26  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! 27  Blessed is 28  the king of Israel!” 14 Jesus found a young donkey 29  and sat on it, just as it is written, 15 “Do not be afraid, people of Zion; 30  look, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt! 31  16 (His disciples did not understand these things when they first happened, 32  but when Jesus was glorified, 33  then they remembered that these things were written about him and that these things had happened 34  to him.) 35 

17 So the crowd who had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead were continuing to testify about it. 36  18 Because they had heard that Jesus 37  had performed this miraculous sign, the crowd went out to meet him. 19 Thus the Pharisees 38  said to one another, “You see that you can do nothing. Look, the world has run off after him!”


20 Now some Greeks 39  were among those who had gone up to worship at the feast. 21 So these approached Philip, 40  who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and requested, 41  “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew, and they both 42  went and told Jesus. 23 Jesus replied, 43  “The time 44  has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. 45  24 I tell you the solemn truth, 46  unless a kernel of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains by itself alone. 47  But if it dies, it produces 48  much grain. 49  25 The one who loves his life 50  destroys 51  it, and the one who hates his life in this world guards 52  it for eternal life. 26 If anyone wants to serve me, he must follow 53  me, and where I am, my servant will be too. 54  If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.

27 “Now my soul is greatly distressed. And what should I say? ‘Father, deliver me 55  from this hour’? 56  No, but for this very reason I have come to this hour. 57  28 Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, 58  “I have glorified it, 59  and I will glorify it 60  again.” 29 The crowd that stood there and heard the voice 61  said that it had thundered. Others said that an angel had spoken to him. 62  30 Jesus said, 63  “This voice has not come for my benefit 64  but for yours. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world 65  will be driven out. 66  32 And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people 67  to myself.” 33 (Now he said this to indicate clearly what kind of death he was going to die.) 68 

34 Then the crowd responded, 69  “We have heard from the law that the Christ 70  will remain forever. 71  How 72  can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?” 35 Jesus replied, 73  “The light is with you for a little while longer. 74  Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. 75  The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become sons of light.” 76  When Jesus had said these things, he went away and hid himself from them.

The Outcome of Jesus’ Public Ministry Foretold

37 Although Jesus 77  had performed 78  so many miraculous signs before them, they still refused to believe in him, 38 so that the word 79  of Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled. He said, 80 Lord, who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord 81  been revealed? 82  39 For this reason they could not believe, 83  because again Isaiah said,

40 “He has blinded their eyes

and hardened their heart, 84 

so that they would not see with their eyes

and understand with their heart, 85 

and turn to me, 86  and I would heal them.” 87 

41 Isaiah said these things because he saw Christ’s 88  glory, and spoke about him.