Lazarus Brought Back to Life
11[1-6] Now someone named Lazarus was sick, who was of Bethany, the town of Mary and her sister Martha. (It was the same Mary who anointed the Christ with perfume, and wiped the Christ’s feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) So Lazarus’s sisters sent word to Yeshua, saying, “Christ, the one you love is sick.” But hearing that, Yeshua said, “This sickness won’t end in death, but is for God’s praise, that the Child of God might be made known by this.” Now Yeshua loved Martha, her sister, and Lazarus, but hearing that Lazarus was sick, the Christ stayed two more days in the place they were at.
[7-16] Then after that, the Christ said to the followers, “Let’s go into Judea again.” And the followers asked, “Christ, the Jews were just looking for a way to kill You; and You want to go there again?” So Yeshua answered, “Aren’t there twelve hours in a day? If someone waits to walk in the daylight, they won’t stumble, because they see the light of the world. But if someone goes ahead and walks in the darkness of night, they’ll stumble, because they have no light.” Then the Christ said, “Our friend Lazarus is sleeping; but I go, so that I can wake him up.” Then the followers said, “Christ, if he’s sleeping, that’s good.” The Christ had spoken of the death of Lazarus: but they thought that Yeshua had spoken of resting in sleeping, so Yeshua said clearly, “Lazarus is dead, and I am happy for your sakes that I wasn’t there, so that you can believe; So let’s go.” Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to the followers, “Let’s go, too, that we may die with Yeshua.”
[17-27] Then when Yeshua got there, the Christ found out that Lazarus had been in the grave four days already. Now Bethany was very near, only about two miles away from Jerusalem, so many of the Jews came to Martha and Mary, to comfort them about their brother. Then Martha, as soon as she heard who was coming, went and met Yeshua: but Mary still stayed in the house. And Martha said to Yeshua, “Christ, if You had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died, but I know, that even now, whatever you ask of God, God will give it to You.” So Yeshua said to her, “Your brother will come to life again.” Then Martha said, “I know that he will come to life again in the new life at the last day.” But Yeshua said to her, “I am what brings to life again, and the new life: whoever believes in Me, even though they were dead, they’ll still live: and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?” And she said, “Yes, Christ: I believe that You’re the Christ, the Child of God, the One who would come into the world.”
[28-35] And when she had said this, she went, and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, “The Teacher is here, and wants you.” And as soon as she heard that, Mary quickly got up, going to the Christ. Now Yeshua hadn’t come into the town yet, but was still there where they had met. Then the Jews who were with Mary in the house, and comforted her, when they saw her suddenly get up and go out, followed her, saying, “She’s going to the grave to cry there.” Then when Mary came to where Yeshua was, and saw the Christ, she bowed down at the Christ’s feet, saying, “Christ, if You had been here, my brother wouldn’t have died.” So when Yeshua saw her crying, and the Jews who came with her also crying, the Christ mourned in the spirit, and was upset, and said, “Where have you laid Lazarus?” So they said, “Christ, come and see.” Then Yeshua cried.
[36-46] Then the Jews said, “Look how much Yeshua loved him!” And some of them said, “Couldn’t this person, which opened the eyes of those who are blind, have kept this person from dying?” So Yeshua, mourning in the spirit again, came to the grave, which was a cave with a stone covering it. Then Yeshua said, “Take away the stone.” But Martha, the sister of the one who was dead, said, “Christ, by this time he stinks, being dead for four days.” So Yeshua said to her, “Didn’t I say to you, that if you’d believe, you’d see the victory of God?” Then they moved the stone from the cave where the body was laid. And Yeshua looked up, saying, “God, I thank You that You’ve heard Me. And I knew that You always hear Me: but because of the people here, I said it, so that they can believe that You’ve sent Me.” And after that, the Christ hollered out with a loud voice, saying, “Lazarus, come out.” And the one who was dead came out, tied up hand and foot with graveclothes: and whose face was tied up with a cloth. So Yeshua said, “Untie him, and let him go.” Then many of the Jews which came to Mary, and had seen the things which Yeshua did, believed on the Christ. But some of them went to the religious leaders, and told them what Yeshua had done.
The Leading Priest Foretells Yeshua’s Death
[47-54] Then the leading priests and the religious leaders gathered a court, saying, “What do we do? Yeshua does so many amazing things. If we let this go on, everyone will believe in this One: and the Romans will come and take us out of our place and destroy our nation.” And one of them, named Caiaphas, being the leading priest that year, answered, “You don’t know anything at all, nor know that it’s necessary for us, that One person dies for the people, so that the whole nation won’t be destroyed.” And he didn’t speak this of himself: but being the leading priest that year, he foretold that Yeshua was about to die for that nation; And not for that nation only, but also so that the Christ would gather together the children of God that were scattered about into one family. Then from that day on, they planned together to put the Christ to death. So Yeshua didn’t walk among the Jews openly anymore; but left there to a place near the countryside, into a city called Ephraim, and stayed there with the followers.
[55-57] And the Jews’ Passover was near, so many went from the countryside up to Jerusalem for the Passover, to purify themselves. Then they looked for Yeshua, and spoke among themselves, as they stood in the place of worship, “Do you think that Yeshua will come to the celebration at all?” because both the leading priests and the religious leaders had given a word, that, if anyone knew where Yeshua was, to tell them, so that they could catch the Christ.
The Anointing of Yeshua at Bethany
12 Then six days before the Passover, Yeshua came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, who had been dead but was brought back to life again by the Christ. And Martha was serving them supper there: but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with the Christ. Then Mary, who had taken a pound of perfumed oil of spikenard, which was very expensive, anointed the feet of Yeshua, wiping them with her hair: and the whole house was filled with the smell of the perfume. Then one of the followers, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who was about to hand over the Christ, said “This perfume could’ve been sold for almost a year’s wage; Why wasn’t it sold and given to those who are poor?” But he said this, not that he cared for those who are poor; but because he was a thief, and took some of what was put in the moneybag. Then Yeshua said, “Leave her alone: she’s done this for the day of My burial. You’ll always have those who are poor with you; but you won’t always have Me.”
The Plan to Kill Lazarus
[9-11] Many people of the Jews knew that the Christ was there: but they didn’t come for Yeshua’s sake only, but to see Lazarus also, whom the Christ had raised from the dead. So the leading priests planned to put Lazarus to death, as well, because many of the Jews went away, and believed on Yeshua because of him.
The Entry into Jerusalem
[12-19] On the next day many people that had come to the celebration, when they heard that Yeshua was coming to Jerusalem, took branches of palm trees, and went out to meet the Christ, and hollered out, “Save us now! Blessed is the Ruler of Israel that comes in the Name of Yahweh.” And when Yeshua had found a young donkey, and sat on it; as the Word says, “Don’t be afraid, daughter of Zion: your Ruler comes, sitting on an donkey’s foal.” The followers didn’t understand this at the time: but when Yeshua came to life again, they remembered that this was written about the Christ, and that this had happened. So the people that were there when the Christ called Lazarus out of the grave, and brought him back from the dead, told everyone about it. And because of this, the people also came out, because they had heard that the Christ had done this miracle. So the religious leaders said among themselves, “Don’t you know that you haven’t done a thing? The whole world is following after this Yeshua!”
[20-22] And there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the celebration. And one of them came to Philip, who was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked, saying, “Sir, we want to see Yeshua.” So Philip went and told Andrew: and Andrew and Philip went together and told Yeshua.
The Seed of Grain
[23-27] But Yeshua said, “It’s time for Me to die now and come back to life. The truth is, unless a grain of wheat is put into the ground and dies, it’s only one grain: but if it dies, it will make much more. Whoever loves their life will lose it; and whoever hates their life in this world will keep it to everlasting life. If anyone wants to serve Me, let them follow Me; and where I am, there My worker will be also: And if anyone serves Me, My God will honor them. My soul is uneasy now; but what can I say? God, save Me from this time: No, but I came to this time for this very reason.”
Yahweh Speaks from Heaven
[28-36] “Yahweh God, bring praise to Your Name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I’ve both made it known, and will make it known again.” And some of the people that stood by, heard it, and said that it had thundered: but others said, “An angel spoke to Yeshua.” So Yeshua said, “This voice didn’t come because of Me, but for your sakes. Now, this world will come to judgment: and now, the ruler of this world will be put out. And if I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw all people to Myself.” And this was said to signify how the Christ was to die. So the people asked, “But we’ve heard out of the Word of God that the Christ lives forever: so why do you say, ‘I must be lifted up?’ What are you talking about?” Then Yeshua answered, “The Light is with you for just a little while longer. Walk while you have the Light, in case darkness overcomes you; because whoever walks in darkness doesn’t know where they’re going. Believe in the Light, while you have it, so that you can be the children of Light.” After speaking this, the Christ went, and hid from them.
The Blindness of Unbelievers
[37-43] Even though the Christ had done so many amazing things for them, many still didn’t believe on Yeshua: so that the saying of Isaiah the great preacher would happen, which said, “God, who has believed us? and to whom has the strength of Yahweh God been made known?” So they couldn’t believe, because Isaiah had said again, “God has blinded their eyes, and made their hearts full of doubt; so that they don’t see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be changed, and healed.” Isaiah said this when he saw God’s glory, and spoke of it. But in the same way, many among the leading rulers believed on the Christ; but loving the praise of others more than the praise of God, and because of the religious leaders, they didn’t say so or they would be put out of the place of worship.
Judgment on Those Who Reject Christ
[44-50] Then Yeshua said, “Whoever believes on Me, doesn’t believe on Me only, but on the One who sent Me. And whoever sees Me sees the One who sent Me. I am come like a light into the world, so that whoever believes on Me wouldn’t live in darkness. And if anyone hears My Words, and doesn’t believe, I don’t judge them because I didn’t come to judge the world, but to save the world. Yet, whoever rejects Me, and doesn’t accept My Words, will be judged by the Word that I’ve spoken, which will judge them in the last day; because I haven’t spoken of Myself; but of the God who sent Me, who gave Me a Word, what I would say, and what I would speak. And I know that God’s Word is everlasting life: so whatever I speak, I say just as God told Me.”
Washing the Feet of the Followers
13[1-5] Before the celebration of the Passover, knowing that the time had come to leave this world and go back to God, the Christ loved the people of God, which were in the world, to the end. Now supper being over, the devil’s spirit put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, to hand over the Christ. And knowing that God had put everything into the Christ’s own hands, and that the Christ came from God, and went to God; Yeshua arose from supper, and with clothes laid aside, took a towel, and got ready; pouring water into a basin, and began to wash the followers’ feet, and to wipe them with the towel to get them ready.
[6-17] Then as the Christ came to Simon Peter: Peter asked, “Christ, are you going to wash my feet?” So Yeshua answered, “What I do you don’t know now; but you’ll know afterwards.” But Peter said, “You’re not washing my feet.” So Yeshua said, “If I don’t wash your feet, you can have nothing to do with Me.” So then Simon Peter said, “Christ, then don’t wash my feet only, but my hands and my head, as well!” And Yeshua said, “Whoever is washed only needs to wash their feet, but is clean everywhere else: and you’re clean, but you aren’t all clean.” And knowing who would hand over the Christ; Yeshua had said, “You aren’t all clean.” So the Christ, who had washed their feet, and dressed, and sat down again, asked, “Do you know what I’ve done to you? You call Me Teacher and Christ: and you say well, because so I am. If then, being your Teacher and Christ, I’ve washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet, because I’ve given you an example, that you would do as I’ve done to you. The truth is, the worker isn’t greater than the owner; nor is the One who is sent greater than the One who sent them. If you know this and do it, you’ll be happy.
Yeshua Identifies Judas
[18-22] I don’t speak of you all: I know whom I’ve chosen: but so that this Word will happen, ‘the one who eats bread with Me is ready to kick Me down’ I tell you before it comes, so that when it’s happened, you can believe that I am the One. The truth is, whoever accepts the one I send accepts Me; and whoever accepts Me accepts the One who sent Me.” And having said this, being uneasy in spirit, Yeshua told us truthfully, saying, “I am telling you the truth, that one of you will hand Me over.” Then the followers looked at one another, wondering who it was the Christ spoke about.
[23-30] Now there was one of the followers leaning on the Christ, whom Yeshua loved. So Simon Peter waved to him, to ask who it was of whom the Christ had spoken. Then, leaning back on Yeshua, he asked, “Christ, who is it?” And Yeshua answered, “It’s the one that I’ll give a piece of bread, when I’ve dipped it.” And the Christ dipped a piece of bread, and gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. And after the piece of bread was dipped, Satan overcame him. Then Yeshua said, “What you do, do quickly.” Now no one at the table knew why the Christ had spoken this to him, some of them thinking, because Judas had the moneybag, that Yeshua had said to buy what was needed for the celebration; or, to give something to those who are poor. Then having taken the piece of bread, Judas suddenly went out: and it was night.
The New Word
[31-35] So, when he had gone out, Yeshua said, “Now I will be made known, and God will be made known in Me. If God be made known in Me, God will also make Me known in God’s own self, and will make Me known soon. Little children, I am with you for just a little while longer. You’ll look for Me: and as I said to the Jews, ‘Where I go, you can’t come’; so now I tell you. A New Word I give to you, that you love one another; Just as I’ve loved you, you also love one another. If you love one another, by this, all people will know that you’re My followers.”
Peter’s Denial Foretold
[36-38] Simon Peter asked, “Christ, where are You going?” And Yeshua answered, “Where I go, you can’t follow Me now; but you’ll follow Me later.” Then Peter said, “Christ, why can’t I follow you now? I’ll lay down my life for Your sake.” So Yeshua asked, “Will you really lay down your life for My sake? The truth is, the rooster won’t crow, till you’ve said you don’t even know Me three times.”
No One Comes to God but by Me
14[1-7] “Don’t let your hearts be upset by anything: If you believe in God, believe in Me, too. There are many places to live in My God’s house: I’d have told you if it weren’t true. I go to get a place ready for you. And if I go to get a place ready for you, I’ll come back, and bring you to Myself; so that where I am, you may be there, also. And you know where I am going, and you know the way.” Then Thomas asked, “Christ, we don’t know where you’re going; so how can we know the way?” And Yeshua answered, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no one comes to God, but by Me. If you had known Me, you would have known My God also: and from now on, you know God, and have seen God.”
[8-14] Then Philip said, “Christ, show us God, and it will be enough.” But Yeshua answered, “Have I been with you this long, and you still don’t know Me, Philip? Whoever has seen Me has seen God; so how can you say then, ‘Show us God?’ Don’t you believe that I am in God, and God in Me? The words that I speak to you, I don’t speak of Myself: but the God who lives in Me, does the things that you’ve seen. Believe Me, that I am in God, and God in Me: or else believe Me for the sake of the very things you’ve seen Me do. The truth is, whoever believes on Me, they’ll do the things that I do, also; and they’ll do even greater things than these; because I go to My God. And whatever you ask in My Name, that I will do, so that God can be made known in Me. If you ask anything in My Name, I’ll do it.
Yeshua Promises the Comforter
[15-21] If you love Me, keep My Words. And I’ll pray to God, who will send you another Comforter, who can stay with you forever; the Spirit of Truth; Whom the world can’t accept, because it’s the One who it doesn’t see, nor know: but who you know because it’s the One who lives with you, and who will be in you. I won’t leave you helpless: I’ll come to you. In just a little while, and the world will see Me no more; but you’ll see Me: because I live, and you’ll live also. At that time you’ll know that I am in My God, and you in Me, and I in you. Whoever has My Words, and keeps them, that is who loves Me: and whoever loves Me will be loved of My God, and I’ll love them, and will make Myself known to them.”
 Then Judas, not Iscariot, asked the Christ, “How is it that you’ll make yourself known to us, and not to the world?” Yeshua answered, “If someone loves Me, then they’ll keep My Words: and My God will love them, and We’ll come to them, and make Our home with them. Whoever doesn’t love Me doesn’t keep My Words: and the Word which you hear isn’t My own, but is God’s, who sent Me. I’ve told you this, being still here with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Spirit, whom God will send in My Name, will teach you everything, and help you remember what I’ve said to you. I leave peace with you, but it’s My peace I give to you: I don’t give you as the world gives. Don’t let your heart be upset by anything, nor let it be afraid. You’ve heard how I said to you, ‘I go away, and come back again to you.’ If you loved Me, you’d celebrate, because I said, ‘I go to God, because My God is greater than I.’ And now I’ve told you before it happens, so that when it happens, you might believe. From now on, I won’t talk much with you because the ruler of this world is coming, and has nothing to do with Me. But that the world can know that I love God; and just as God gave Me Word, so I do. Get up, it’s time to go from here.