Passage: John 12, 13, 14 (RSV)

John 12

1Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Laz'arus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.
2There they made him a supper; Martha served, and Laz'arus was one of those at table with him.
3Mary took a pound of costly ointment of pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the ointment.
4But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was to betray him), said,
5"Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?"
6This he said, not that he cared for the poor but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box he used to take what was put into it.
7Jesus said, "Let her alone, let her keep it for the day of my burial.
8The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me."
9When the great crowd of the Jews learned that he was there, they came, not only on account of Jesus but also to see Laz'arus, whom he had raised from the dead.
10So the chief priests planned to put Laz'arus also to death,
11because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and believing in Jesus.
12The next day a great crowd who had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.
13So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, crying, "Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, even the King of Israel!"
14And Jesus found a young ass and sat upon it; as it is written,
15"Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your king is coming, sitting on an ass's colt!"
16His disciples did not understand this at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that this had been written of him and had been done to him.
17The crowd that had been with him when he called Laz'arus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead bore witness.
18The reason why the crowd went to meet him was that they heard he had done this sign.
19The Pharisees then said to one another, "You see that you can do nothing; look, the world has gone after him."
20Now among those who went up to worship at the feast were some Greeks.
21So these came to Philip, who was from Beth-sa'ida in Galilee, and said to him, "Sir, we wish to see Jesus."
22Philip went and told Andrew; Andrew went with Philip and they told Jesus.
23And Jesus answered them, "The hour has come for the Son of man to be glorified.
24Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
25He who loves his life loses it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
26If any one serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there shall my servant be also; if any one serves me, the Father will honor him.
27"Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? `Father, save me from this hour'? No, for this purpose I have come to this hour.
28Father, glorify thy name." Then a voice came from heaven, "I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again."
29The crowd standing by heard it and said that it had thundered. Others said, "An angel has spoken to him."
30Jesus answered, "This voice has come for your sake, not for mine.
31Now is the judgment of this world, now shall the ruler of this world be cast out;
32and I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself."
33He said this to show by what death he was to die.
34The crowd answered him, "We have heard from the law that the Christ remains for ever. How can you say that the Son of man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of man?"
35Jesus said to them, "The light is with you for a little longer. Walk while you have the light, lest the darkness overtake you; he who walks in the darkness does not know where he goes.
36While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light." When Jesus had said this, he departed and hid himself from them.
37Though he had done so many signs before them, yet they did not believe in him;
38it was that the word spoken by the prophet Isaiah might be fulfilled: "Lord, who has believed our report, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?"
39Therefore they could not believe. For Isaiah again said,
40"He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they should see with their eyes and perceive with their heart, and turn for me to heal them."
41Isaiah said this because he saw his glory and spoke of him.
42Nevertheless many even of the authorities believed in him, but for fear of the Pharisees they did not confess it, lest they should be put out of the synagogue:
43for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
44And Jesus cried out and said, "He who believes in me, believes not in me but in him who sent me.
45And he who sees me sees him who sent me.
46I have come as light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness.
47If any one hears my sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.
48He who rejects me and does not receive my sayings has a judge; the word that I have spoken will be his judge on the last day.
49For I have not spoken on my own authority; the Father who sent me has himself given me commandment what to say and what to speak.
50And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has bidden me."

John 13

1Now before the feast of the Passover, when Jesus knew that his hour had come to depart out of this world to the Father, having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.
2And during supper, when the devil had already put it into the heart of Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, to betray him,
3Jesus, knowing that the Father had given all things into his hands, and that he had come from God and was going to God,
4rose from supper, laid aside his garments, and girded himself with a towel.
5Then he poured water into a basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which he was girded.
6He came to Simon Peter; and Peter said to him, "Lord, do you wash my feet?"
7Jesus answered him, "What I am doing you do not know now, but afterward you will understand."
8Peter said to him, "You shall never wash my feet." Jesus answered him, "If I do not wash you, you have no part in me."
9Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!"
10Jesus said to him, "He who has bathed does not need to wash, except for his feet, but he is clean all over; and you are clean, but not every one of you."
11For he knew who was to betray him; that was why he said, "You are not all clean."
12When he had washed their feet, and taken his garments, and resumed his place, he said to them, "Do you know what I have done to you?
13You call me Teacher and Lord; and you are right, for so I am.
14If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet.
15For I have given you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.
16Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him.
17If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them.
18I am not speaking of you all; I know whom I have chosen; it is that the scripture may be fulfilled, `He who ate my bread has lifted his heel against me.'
19I tell you this now, before it takes place, that when it does take place you may believe that I am he.
20Truly, truly, I say to you, he who receives any one whom I send receives me; and he who receives me receives him who sent me."
21When Jesus had thus spoken, he was troubled in spirit, and testified, "Truly, truly, I say to you, one of you will betray me."
22The disciples looked at one another, uncertain of whom he spoke.
23One of his disciples, whom Jesus loved, was lying close to the breast of Jesus;
24so Simon Peter beckoned to him and said, "Tell us who it is of whom he speaks."
25So lying thus, close to the breast of Jesus, he said to him, "Lord, who is it?"
26Jesus answered, "It is he to whom I shall give this morsel when I have dipped it." So when he had dipped the morsel, he gave it to Judas, the son of Simon Iscariot.
27Then after the morsel, Satan entered into him. Jesus said to him, "What you are going to do, do quickly."
28Now no one at the table knew why he said this to him.
29Some thought that, because Judas had the money box, Jesus was telling him, "Buy what we need for the feast"; or, that he should give something to the poor.
30So, after receiving the morsel, he immediately went out; and it was night.
31When he had gone out, Jesus said, "Now is the Son of man glorified, and in him God is glorified;
32if God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and glorify him at once.
33Little children, yet a little while I am with you. You will seek me; and as I said to the Jews so now I say to you, `Where I am going you cannot come.'
34A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; even as I have loved you, that you also love one another.
35By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
36Simon Peter said to him, "Lord, where are you going?" Jesus answered, "Where I am going you cannot follow me now; but you shall follow afterward."
37Peter said to him, "Lord, why cannot I follow you now? I will lay down my life for you."
38Jesus answered, "Will you lay down your life for me? Truly, truly, I say to you, the cock will not crow, till you have denied me three times.

John 14

1"Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me.
2In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?
3And when I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.
4And you know the way where I am going."
5Thomas said to him, "Lord, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?"
6Jesus said to him, "I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father, but by me.
7If you had known me, you would have known my Father also; henceforth you know him and have seen him."
8Philip said to him, "Lord, show us the Father, and we shall be satisfied."
9Jesus said to him, "Have I been with you so long, and yet you do not know me, Philip? He who has seen me has seen the Father; how can you say, `Show us the Father'?
10Do you not believe that I am in the Father and the Father in me? The words that I say to you I do not speak on my own authority; but the Father who dwells in me does his works.
11Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father in me; or else believe me for the sake of the works themselves.
12"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to the Father.
13Whatever you ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son;
14if you ask anything in my name, I will do it.
15"If you love me, you will keep my commandments.
16And I will pray the Father, and he will give you another Counselor, to be with you for ever,
17even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he dwells with you, and will be in you.
18"I will not leave you desolate; I will come to you.
19Yet a little while, and the world will see me no more, but you will see me; because I live, you will live also.
20In that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you.
21He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him."
22Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, "Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?"
23Jesus answered him, "If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him.
24He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father's who sent me.
25"These things I have spoken to you, while I am still with you.
26But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.
27Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.
28You heard me say to you, `I go away, and I will come to you.' If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I go to the Father; for the Father is greater than I.
29And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place, you may believe.
30I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me;
31but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us go hence.

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