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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)

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The Death of Lazarus


1 Now a certain man was sick,
Lazarus of Bethany, the

CHAPTER 11 References

1 aLuke 10:38,
2 aMatt. 26:7
6 aJohn 10:40
8 aJohn 8:59;
9 aJohn 9:4;
12:35 bIs. 9:2
10 aJohn 12:35
11 aMatt. 9:24
16 aJohn 14:5;
18 1Lit. 15 stadia
22 a[John 9:31;
11:41] 24 a[John 5:29]

JOHN 11:24

1 town of aMary and her sister Martha.
2 aIt was that Mary who anointed the Lord with fragrant oil and wiped His feet with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.
3 Therefore the sisters sent to Him, saying, “Lord, behold, he whom You love is sick.”
4 When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
5 Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.
6 So, when He heard that he was sick, aHe stayed two more days in the place where He was.
7 Then after this He said to the disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.”
8 The disciples said to Him, “Rabbi, lately the Jews sought to astone You, and are You going there again?”
9 Jesus answered, “Are there not twelve hours in the day? aIf anyone walks in the day, he does not stumble, because he sees the blight of this world.
10 “But aif one walks in the night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”
11 These things He said, and after that He said to them, “Our friend Lazarus asleeps, but I go that I may wake him up.”
12 Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.”
13 However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep.
14 Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead.
15 “And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.”
16 Then aThomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.”

I Am the Resurrection and the Life

17 So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days.
18 Now Bethany was near Jerusalem, about 1two miles away.
19 And many of the Jews had joined the women around Martha and Mary, to comfort them concerning their brother.
20 Then Martha, as soon as she heard that Jesus was coming, went and met Him, but Mary was sitting in the house.
21 Now Martha said to Jesus, “Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.
22 “But even now I know that awhatever You ask of God, God will give You.”
23 Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”
24 Martha said to Him, a“I know

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JOHN 11:25

that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.”
25 Jesus said to her, “I am athe resurrection and the life. bHe who believes in Me, though he may cdie, he shall live.
26 “And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”
27 She said to Him, “Yes, Lord, aI believe that You are the Christ, the Son of God, who is to come into the world.”

Jesus and Death, the Last Enemy

28 And when she had said these things, she went her way and secretly called Mary her sister, saying, “The Teacher has come and is calling for you.”
29 As soon as she heard that, she arose quickly and came to Him.
30 Now Jesus had not yet come into the town, but 1was in the place where Martha met Him.
31 aThen the Jews who were with her in the house, and comforting her, when they saw that Mary rose up quickly and went out, followed her, 1saying, “She is going to the tomb to weep there.”
32 Then, when Mary came where Jesus was, and saw Him, she afell down at His feet, saying to Him, b“Lord, if You had been here, my brother would not have died.”
33 Therefore, when Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her weeping, He groaned in the spirit and was troubled.
34 And He said, “Where have you laid him?” They said to Him, “Lord, come and see.”
35 aJesus wept.
36 Then the Jews said, “See how He loved him!”
37 And some of them said, “Could not this Man, awho opened the eyes of the blind, also have kept this man from dying?”

Lazarus Raised from the Dead

38 Then Jesus, again groaning in Himself, came to the tomb. It was a cave, and a astone lay against it.
39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of him who was dead, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there is a stench, for he has been dead four days.”
40 Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would asee the glory of God?”
41 Then they took away the stone 1from the place where the dead man was lying. And Jesus lifted up His eyes and said, “Father, I thank You that You have heard Me.
42 “And I know that You always hear Me, but abecause of the people who are standing by I said this, that they may believe that You sent Me.”
43 Now when He had said these

25 aJohn 5:21;
6:39, 40, 44
b1 John 5:10
c1 Cor. 15:22
27 aMatt. 16:16
30 1NU was
31 aJohn
11:19, 33 1NU
that she was
32 aRev. 1:17
bJohn 11:21
35 aLuke 19:41
37 aJohn 9:6, 7
38 aMatt.
27:60, 66
40 a[John 11:4,
23] 41 1NU omits
from the
place where
the dead man
was lying
42 aJohn
12:30; 17:21
44 aJohn 19:40
bJohn 20:7
45 aJohn 2:23;
10:42; 12:11,
46 aJohn 5:15
47 aPs. 2:2
bActs 4:16
49 aLuke 3:2
50 aJohn 18:14
1NU you
52 aIs. 49:6
2:14–17] 53 aMatt. 26:4
54 aJohn 4:1,
3; 7:1 b2 Chr.
55 aJohn 2:13;
5:1; 6:4 bNum.
9:10, 13;
31:19, 20
56 aJohn 7:11
57 aMatt.

CHAPTER 12 References

1 aJohn 11:1,
43 1NU omits
who had been
2 aMark 14:3;
Luke 10:38–41
3 aJohn 11:2
bSong 1:12

things, He cried with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth!”
44 And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with agraveclothes, and bhis face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, “Loose him, and let him go.”

The Plot to Kill Jesus

45 Then many of the Jews who had come to Mary, aand had seen the things Jesus did, believed in Him.
46 But some of them went away to the Pharisees and atold them the things Jesus did.
47 aThen the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, b“What shall we do? For this Man works many signs.
48 “If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.”
49 And one of them, aCaiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all,
50 a“nor do you consider that it is expedient for 1us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.”
51 Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation,
52 and anot for that nation only, but balso that He would gather together in one the children of God who were scattered abroad.
53 Then, from that day on, they plotted to aput Him to death.
54 aTherefore Jesus no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called bEphraim, and there remained with His disciples.
55 aAnd the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went from the country up to Jerusalem before the Passover, to bpurify themselves.
56 aThen they sought Jesus, and spoke among themselves as they stood in the temple, “What do you think—that He will not come to the feast?”
57 Now both the chief priests and the Pharisees had given a command, that if anyone knew where He was, he should report it, that they might aseize Him.

The Anointing at Bethany


1 Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, awhere Lazarus was 1who had been dead, whom He had raised from the dead.
2 aThere they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him.
3 Then aMary took a pound of very costly oil of bspikenard, anointed the

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feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
4 But one of His disciples, aJudas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said,
5 “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for 1three hundred denarii and given to the poor?”
6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and ahad the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.
7 But Jesus said, “Let her alone; 1she has kept this for the day of My burial.
8 “For athe poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.”

The Plot to Kill Lazarus

9 Now a great many of the Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, awhom He had raised from the dead.
10 aBut the chief priests plotted to put Lazarus to death also,
11 abecause on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.

The Triumphal Entry

12 aThe next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
13 took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out:

“Hosanna! a‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ The King of Israel!”

14 aThen Jesus, when He had found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written:

15 “Feara not, daughter of Zion; Behold, your King is coming, Sitting on a donkey’s colt.”

16 aHis disciples did not understand these things at first; bbut when Jesus was glorified, cthen they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.
17 Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of his tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness.
18 aFor this reason the people also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign.
19 The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, a“You see that you are accomplishing nothing. Look, the world has gone after Him!”

4 aJohn 13:26
5 1About one
year’s wages
for a worker
6 aJohn 13:29
7 1NU that
she may keep
8 aMark 14:7
9 aJohn 11:43,
10 aLuke 16:31
11 aJohn
11:45; 12:18
12 aMatt.
13 aPs. 118:25,
14 aMatt. 21:7
15 aIs. 40:9;
Zech. 9:9
16 aLuke 18:34
bJohn 7:39;
12:23 c[John
14:26] 18 aJohn 12:11
19 aJohn
11:47, 48
20 aActs 17:4
b1 Kin. 8:41,
21 aJohn 1:43,
44; 14:8–11
23 aJohn 13:32
24 a1 Cor.
15:36 1Lit.
25 aMark 8:35
26 a[Matt.
16:24] bJohn
14:3; 17:24
27 a[Matt.
26:38, 39] bLuke 22:53
28 aMatt. 3:17;
30 aJohn 11:42
31 a[2 Cor. 4:4] 32 aJohn 3:14;
8:28 b[Rom.
5:18] 1Crucified
33 aJohn
18:32; 21:19
34 aMic. 4:7
35 a[John 1:9;
7:33; 8:12] bEph. 5:8
c[1 John
2:9–11] 36 aLuke 16:8
bJohn 8:59
37 aJohn 11:47

The Fruitful Grain of Wheat

20 Now there awere certain Greeks among those bwho came up to worship at the feast.
21 Then they came to Philip, awho was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”
22 Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn Andrew and Philip told Jesus.
23 But Jesus answered them, saying, a“The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.
24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, aunless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much 1grain.
25 a“He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life.
26 “If anyone serves Me, let him afollow Me; and bwhere I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.

Jesus Predicts His Death on the Cross

27 a“Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? bBut for this purpose I came to this hour.
28 “Father, glorify Your name.” aThen a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”
29 Therefore the people who stood by and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.”
30 Jesus answered and said, a“This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake.
31 “Now is the judgment of this world; now athe ruler of this world will be cast out.
32 “And I, aif I am 1lifted up from the earth, will draw ball peoples to Myself.”
33 aThis He said, signifying by what death He would die.
34 The people answered Him, a“We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever; and how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?”
35 Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer athe light is with you. bWalk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you; che who walks in darkness does not know where he is going.
36 “While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become asons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and bwas hidden from them.

Who Has Believed Our Report?

37 But although He had done so many asigns before them, they did not believe in Him,

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JOHN 12:38

38 that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke:

a“Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?”

39 Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again:

40 “Hea has blinded their eyes and hardened their hearts, bLest they should see with their eyes, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.”

41 aThese things Isaiah said 1when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.

Walk in the Light

42 Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but abecause of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue;
43 afor they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
44 Then Jesus cried out and said, a“He who believes in Me, bbelieves not in Me cbut in Him who sent Me.
45 “And ahe who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.
46 a“I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.
47 “And if anyone hears My words and does not 1believe, aI do not judge him; for bI did not come to judge the world but to save the world.
48 a“He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him—bthe word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.
49 “For aI have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, bwhat I should say and what I should speak.
50 “And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I aspeak.

38 aIs. 53:1
40 aIs. 6:9, 10
bMatt. 13:14
41 aIs. 6:1 1NU
42 aJohn 7:13;
43 aJohn 5:41,
44 aMark 9:37
b[John 3:16,
18, 36; 11:25,
26] c[John
5:24] 45 a[John 14:9] 46 aJohn 1:4,
5; 8:12; 12:35,
47 aJohn 5:45
bJohn 3:17
1NU keep
48 a[Luke
10:16] bDeut.
18:18, 19
49 aJohn 8:38
bDeut. 18:18
50 aJohn 5:19;

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Assurance of God’s Victory over Enemies

A Song. A Psalm of David.

1 O aGOD, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.
2 aAwake, lute and harp! I will awaken the dawn.
3 I will praise You, O LORD, among the peoples, And I will sing praises to You among the nations.
4 For Your mercy is great above the 1heavens, And Your truth reaches to the clouds.

5 aBe exalted, O God, above the heavens, And Your glory above all the earth;
6 aThat Your beloved may be delivered, Save with Your right hand, and 1hear me.

PSALM 108 References

1 aPs. 57:7–11
2 aPs. 57:8–11
4 1skies
5 aPs. 57:5, 11
6 aPs. 60:5–12
1Lit. answer
8 a[Gen. 49:10] 1Lit. protection
10 aPs. 60:9
13 aPs. 60:12

7 God has spoken in His holiness: “I will rejoice; I will divide Shechem And measure out the Valley of Succoth.
8 Gilead is Mine; Manasseh is Mine; Ephraim also is the 1helmet for My head; aJudah is My lawgiver.
9 Moab is My washpot; Over Edom I will cast My shoe; Over Philistia I will triumph.”

10 aWho will bring me into the strong city? Who will lead me to Edom?
11 Is it not You, O God, who cast us off? And You, O God, who did not go out with our armies?
12 Give us help from trouble, For the help of man is useless.
13 aThrough God we will do valiantly, For it is He who shall tread down our enemies.



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