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dying. 26 Every­one who lives in me and believes in me
will never ever die. Do you believe this, Martha?”
27 “Yes, Lord,” she told him. “I have always believed
you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one who has
come into the world from God.” 28 Then she returned
to Mary. She called Mary aside from the mourners
and told her, “The Teacher is here and wants to see
you.” 29 So Mary immediately went to him.
30 ­Jesus had stayed outside the village, at the place
where Martha met him. 31 When the people who were
at the house consoling Mary saw her leave so hastily,
they assumed she was going to Laz­a­rus’s grave to weep.
So they followed her there. 32 When Mary arrived and
saw ­Jesus, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if only you
had been here, my brother would not have died.”
33 When ­Jesus saw her weeping and saw the other
people wailing with her, a deep anger welled up
within him,* and he was deeply troubled. 34 “Where
have you put him?” he asked them.
They told him, “Lord, come and see.” 35 Then ­Jesus
wept. 36 The people who were standing nearby said,
“See how much he loved him!” 37 But some said, “This
man healed a blind man. Couldn’t he have kept Laz­
a­rus from dying?”
38 ­Jesus was still angry as he arrived at the tomb, a
cave with a stone rolled across its entrance. 39 “Roll
the stone aside,” ­Jesus told them.
But Martha, the dead man’s sister, protested, “Lord,
he has been dead for four days. The smell will be
terrible.”
40 ­Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that you
would see God’s glory if you believe?” 41 So they
rolled the stone aside. Then ­Jesus looked up to
heaven and said, “Father, thank you for hearing me.
42 You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the
sake of all these people standing here, so that they
will believe you sent me.” 43 Then ­Jesus shouted,
“Laz­a­rus, come out!” 44 And the dead man came out,
his hands and feet bound in graveclothes, his face
wrapped in a headcloth. ­Jesus told them, “Unwrap
him and let him go!”
J ohn 1 2 : 8
for the entire nation. 52 And not only for that nation,
but to bring together and unite all the children of God
scattered around the world.
53 So from that time on, the Jew­ish leaders began
to plot ­Jesus’ death. 54 As a result, ­Jesus stopped his
public ministry among the people and left Je­ru­sa­lem.
He went to a place near the wilderness, to the village
of Ephra­im, and stayed there with his disciples.
55 It was now almost time for the Jew­ish Passover
celebration, and many people from all over the country arrived in Je­ru­sa­lem several days early so they
could go through the purification ceremony before
Passover began. 56 They kept looking for ­Jesus, but as
they stood around in the Temple, they said to each
other, “What do you think? He won’t come for Passover, will he?” 57 Meanwhile, the leading priests and
Phar­i­sees had publicly ordered that anyone seeing
­Jesus must report it immediately so they could arrest him.
Jesus Anointed at Bethany
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Six days before the Passover celebration began,
­Jesus arrived in Beth­a­ny, the home of ­Laz­a­rus—
­the man he had raised from the dead. 2 A dinner was
prepared in ­Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and ­Laz­a­rus
was among those who ate* with him. 3 Then Mary
took a ­twelve-­ounce jar* of expensive perfume made
from essence of nard, and she anointed ­Jesus’ feet
with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was
filled with the fragrance.
4 But Ju­das Iscariot, the disciple who would soon
betray him, said, 5 “That perfume was worth a year’s
wages.* It should have been sold and the money given
to the poor.” 6 Not that he cared for the ­poor—­he was
a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’
money, he often stole some for himself.
7 ­Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in
preparation for my burial. 8 You will always have
the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
1:33 Or he was angry in his spirit. 11:47 Greek the Sanhedrin. 11:48 Or
1
our position; Greek reads our place. 11:49 Greek that year; also in 11:51. 
12:2 Or who reclined. 12:3 Greek took 1 litra [327 grams]. 12:5 Greek worth
300 denarii. A denarius was equivalent to a laborer’s full day’s wage. 
The Plot to Kill Jesus
45 Many
IMPACT John 11:45 Lazarus, just by living, became
a reason the gospel was being shared. He was a walking miracle.
You don’t have to have been physically raised from
the dead for your life to have an impact for Jesus on
those you come into contact with each day. In fact, I’m
convinced that every believer can, and often does, offer
glimpses of God to the people around them. We would
be absolutely amazed to know what an impact our lives
are having on other people. It would probably be a
great encouragement to us.
Perhaps you wrestle with the feeling that God isn’t
using you or that you’re not really a significant part of
His plan. But you will not know the impact of your life
until eternity.
LIVING INSIGHTS
of the people who were with Mary believed
in ­Jesus when they saw this happen. 46 But some went
to the Phar­i­sees and told them what ­Jesus had done.
47 Then the leading priests and Phar­i­sees called the
high council* together. “What are we going to do?”
they asked each other. “This man certainly performs
many miraculous signs. 48 If we allow him to go on
like this, soon every­one will believe in him. Then
the Ro­man army will come and destroy both our
Temple* and our nation.”
49 Ca­ia­phas, who was high priest at that time,* said,
“You don’t know what you’re talking about! 50 You
don’t realize that it’s better for you that one man
should die for the people than for the whole nation
to be destroyed.”
51 He did not say this on his own; as high priest at
that time he was led to prophesy that ­Jesus would die





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