1 Now six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany where Lazarus lived, whom He had raised from the dead. 2 So they gave a dinner there in honor of Jesus, and Martha was waiting on them, but Lazarus was one of the guests with Jesus. 3 Then Mary took a pound of expensive perfume, made of the purest oil, and poured it on Jesus' feet, and wiped them with her hair; and the whole house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
4 But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was going to betray Him, said, 5 "Why was this perfume not sold for sixty dollars and the money given to the poor?" 6 He said this, not because he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief and as the carrier of the purse for the Twelve he was in the habit of taking what was put into it.
7 Then Jesus said, "Let her alone; let her keep it for the day of my funeral, 8 for you always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me."
9 A goodly number of the Jews learned that He was at Bethany, and so they came there, not only to see Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead. 10 But the high priests planned to kill Lazarus, 11 for on account of him many of the Jews were leaving them and believing in Jesus.
12 The next day the vast crowd that had come to the feast, on hearing that Jesus was coming into Jerusalem, 13 took palm branches and went out to meet Him, and kept on shouting: "Blessings on Him! Blessed be He who comes in the name of the Lord; Blessings on the King of Israel!"
14 Then Jesus found a young donkey and mounted it, doing as the Scripture says: 15 "Cease from fearing, Daughter of Zion; See, your King is coming mounted on an ass's colt!"
16 His disciples at the time did not understand this, but after Jesus was glorified, they remembered that this had been written about Him and that they had fulfilled it in His case. 17 The crowd that had been with Him when He called Lazarus out of the grave and raised him from the dead, kept on talking about it. 18 This is why the crowd went out to meet Him, because they had heard that He had performed this wonder-work.
19 So the Pharisees said to one another, "You see, you cannot help it at all; the whole world has gone off after Him!"
20 There were some Greeks among those who were coming up to worship at the feast, 21 and they went to Philip who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and kept making this request of him, "Sir, we want to see Jesus."
22 Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew and Philip both went and told Jesus. 23 Jesus answered them, "The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified,
24 I most solemnly say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains a single grain. But if it does die, it yields a great harvest. 25 Whoever loves his lower life will lose the higher, but whoever hates his lower life in this world preserves the higher for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must continue to follow me, and my servant also must go wherever I go. If anyone serves me, my Father will show him honor.
27 Now my soul is troubled; what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour of agony! And yet it was for this very purpose that I came to this hour of agony. 28 Father, glorify your name." Then a voice came out of heaven, "I have already glorified it and I will again glorify it."
29 The crowd of bystanders on hearing it said that it was thunder; others, however, said, "An angel has spoken to Him!"
30 Jesus answered, "This voice did not come for my sake, but for yours. 31 This world is now in process of judgment; the prince of this world is now to be expelled. 32 And if I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all men to me." 33 He said this to show the kind of death He was going to die.
34 The crowd answered Him, "We have learned from the law that the Christ is to remain here forever, and so how can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?"
35 Jesus said to them, "Only a little while longer you will have the light. Keep on living by it while you have the light, so that darkness may not overtake you, for whoever walks about in the dark does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light believe in the light, that you may become sons of light." On saying this Jesus went away and hid Himself.
37 Although He had performed so many wonder-works right before their eyes, they did not believe in Him, 38 so that the utterance of the prophet Isaiah was fulfilled: "Lord, who has believed what they heard from us? And to whom has the mighty arm of the Lord been shown?"
40 "He has blinded their eyes and benumbed their hearts, so that they cannot see with their eyes and understand with their hearts, and turn to me to cure them."
42 And yet in spite of all this, even among the leading men many came to believe in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not own it, for fear of being turned out of the synagogue, 43 for they loved the praise of men instead of the praise of God.
44 But Jesus cried aloud, "Whoever believes in me believes not merely in me but in Him who has sent me; 45 and whoever sees me sees Him who has sent me. 46 I have come as light into the world, so that no one who continues to believe in me can remain in darkness. 47 If anyone hears my words and fails to keep them, it is not I that judge him, for I have not come to judge but to save the world. 48 Whoever persistently rejects me and refuses to accept my teachings has something to judge him -- the very message I have spoken will judge him on the last day. 49 This is because I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who has sent me has given me orders Himself what to say and what to tell. 50 And I know that His orders mean eternal life. So whatever I speak I am speaking as the Father has told me."