John 12:1-50, NLT
Jesus Anointed at Bethany
1Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead.
4But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said,
7Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial.
9When all the people*12:9 Greek Jewish people; also in 12:11. heard of Jesus’ arrival, they flocked to see him and also to see Lazarus, the man Jesus had raised from the dead.
Jesus’ Triumphant Entry
12The next day, the news that Jesus was on the way to Jerusalem swept through the city. A large crowd of Passover visitors
“Praise God!*12:13a Greek Hosanna, an exclamation of praise adapted from a Hebrew expression that means “save now.”
Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!
Hail to the King of Israel!”*12:13b Ps 118:25-26; Zeph 3:15.
14Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it, fulfilling the prophecy that said:
15“Don’t be afraid, people of Jerusalem.*12:15a Greek daughter of Zion.
Look, your King is coming,
riding on a donkey’s colt.”*12:15b Zech 9:9.
16His disciples didn’t understand at the time that this was a fulfillment of prophecy. But after Jesus entered into his glory, they remembered what had happened and realized that these things had been written about him.
17Many in the crowd had seen Jesus call Lazarus from the tomb, raising him from the dead, and they were telling others*12:17 Greek were testifying. about it.
Jesus Predicts His Death
20Some Greeks who had come to Jerusalem for the Passover celebration
23Jesus replied, “Now the time has come for the Son of Man*12:23 “Son of Man” is a title Jesus used for himself. to enter into his glory.
27“Now my soul is deeply troubled. Should I pray, ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But this is the very reason I came!
Then a voice spoke from heaven, saying, “I have already brought glory to my name, and I will do so again.”
30Then Jesus told them, “The voice was for your benefit, not mine.
34The crowd responded, “We understood from Scripture*12:34 Greek from the law. that the Messiah would live forever. How can you say the Son of Man will die? Just who is this Son of Man, anyway?”
35Jesus replied, “My light will shine for you just a little longer. Walk in the light while you can, so the darkness will not overtake you. Those who walk in the darkness cannot see where they are going.
After saying these things, Jesus went away and was hidden from them.
The Unbelief of the People
37But despite all the miraculous signs Jesus had done, most of the people still did not believe in him.
“Lord, who has believed our message?
To whom has the Lord revealed his powerful arm?”*12:38 Isa 53:1.
39But the people couldn’t believe, for as Isaiah also said,
40“The Lord has blinded their eyes
and hardened their hearts—
so that their eyes cannot see,
and their hearts cannot understand,
and they cannot turn to me
and have me heal them.”*12:40 Isa 6:10.
41Isaiah was referring to Jesus when he said this, because he saw the future and spoke of the Messiah’s glory.
44Jesus shouted to the crowds, “If you trust me, you are trusting not only me, but also God who sent me.