John

Written for Jesus' Apostle John, possibly in Aramaic, sometime late in the 1st Century CE.

Chapter 1

1 In the beginning there was the Word. The Word was with The God (gr. Ton Theon) and the Word was a powerful one (gr. theos or god-like). 2 This one was with The God in the beginning, 3 and through him it all came to be. 4 Life was in him, and the life was the light of mankind. 5 This light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overpowered it.

6 Then a man named John arrived who had been sent by God. 7 He came as a witness to testify about the light, so that all might believe through him. 8 He wasn't the light, but he was to testify about the light; 9 for the true light that enlightens all mankind was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and although the world came to be through him, the world didn't recognize him. 11 For even when he went to [those who were] his own, he wasn't welcomed by them. 12 Yet he gave all those who did welcome him (all those who put faith in his name) the authority to become the children on God. 13 So they weren't born from blood, or from the will of the flesh, or from man's will, but from God.

14 Thus the Word became flesh and tented among us as we gazed upon his glory, which was the glory of the one-and-only next to the Father… and he was filled with kindness and truth.

15 Concerning him, John gave this testimony: 'This is the one about whom I said, Though he is coming behind me, he preceded me and he came before me!'

16 We have received loving-kindness after loving-kindness from his great wealth. 17 And though Moses gave us the Law, loving-kindness and truth came through Jesus the Anointed. 18 Also, although no one has ever seen God, this one-of-a-kind god (the one in the favored position of the Father) has explained Him.

19 Now, this is what John testified to when the Judeans sent Priests and Levites from JeruSalem to ask him who he was. 20 [John] confessed… he didn't deny it, he confessed, saying: 'I'm not the Anointed One!'

21 Then when they asked, 'So who [are you]… are you EliJah?' He told them, 'No, I'm not.'

[And when they asked], 'Are you the Prophet?' He answered, 'No!'

22 So finally they said, '[Then tell us] who are you, so we can give a reply to those who sent us… what are you saying about yourself?'

23 And he told them: 'I'm just the voice of someone who is calling out in the desert (as was said by the Prophet IsaiAh): Straighten the way for the Lord.'

24 Now, those who had come to him were sent by the Pharisees, 25 and they asked him: 'Then, why are you baptizing if you aren't the Anointed One, or EliJah, or the Prophet?'

26 And John replied: 'I baptize in water; but there's someone standing in your midst whom you don't know. 27 He's the one that is coming behind me, the laces of whose sandals I'm unworthy to untie.'

28 Well, all these things happened in BethAny-Behind-the-JorDan, which is where John was doing the baptizing.

29 Then the next day, as [John] saw Jesus coming toward him, he said: 'Look! The Lamb of God who lifts away the sins of the world! 30 This is the one about whom I said, There's a man coming behind me who preceded me and who came before me! 31 Yet, even I didn't recognize him, though the reason why I came baptizing in water was so that I might reveal him to IsraEl.'

32 Then John gave this testimony: 'I saw the Breath [of God] coming down from the sky like a dove and it settled upon him! 33 And though I didn't know who he was, the One who sent me to baptize in water told me this: Whomever you see the Breath [of God] coming down and resting upon is the one who baptizes in Holy Breath. 34 And I have seen and can testifying to the fact that this is the Son of The God!'

35 Then the next day, as John was standing there with two of his disciples 36 and he noticed Jesus walking by, he again said: 'Look, the Lamb of God!' 37 So the two disciples who heard him say this started following Jesus. 38 And when Jesus turned around and saw them following him, he asked, 'What are you looking for?'

And they replied: 'Rabbi (Teacher), where are you staying?'

39 Then he said: 'Come with me and see.' So they went and saw where he was staying and spent the day with him (until about the tenth hour).

40 Then Andrew, the brother of Simon Peter (one of the two who'd heard what John said and who followed [Jesus]) 41 went and found his brother Simon and told him: 'We've found the Messiah (which translates as, the Anointed One).' 42 Then he led him to Jesus. And when Jesus saw him, he said: 'You're Simon, the son of Jonah… you will be called Cephas (gr. Peter).'

43 Then the next day, Jesus he was wanting to leave for Galilee, he found Philip. And he said to him, 'Be my follower' 44 (Philip was from BethSaida, the same city as Andrew and Peter). 45 Then after that, Philip [went and] found NathaniEl (BarTholomew) and told him: 'We've found the one about whom Moses wrote in the Law and the Prophets… Jesus the son of JoSeph from Nazareth!

46 But NathaniEl asked: 'Can anything good come out of Nazareth?'

And Philip replied: 'Well, come and see!'

47 Then when Jesus saw NathaniEl coming, he said: 'Look; An IsraElite who really speaks his mind!'

48 So NathaniEl asked, 'How do you know me?'

And Jesus replied: 'Before Philip called you, while you were under the fig tree, I saw you.'

49 Then NathaniEl said: 'Rabbi; you're the Son of The God… you're the King of IsraEl!'

50 And Jesus asked, 'Do you believe this because I said that I saw you under the fig tree? You will see even greater things than that.' 51 Then he said: 'I tell you men the truth; you will see the heavens opening up and the messengers of God ascending and descending upon the Son of Man!'

Chapter 2

1 Well, three days later, there was a wedding banquet in Cana of Galilee. And because Jesus' mother was there, 2 Jesus and his disciples were also invited. 3 Then, when the wine started to run out, Jesus' mother said to him: 'They don't have any more wine.'

4 And Jesus said to her: 'Why is this any of my business, woman? My hour hasn't come yet.'

5 Then his mother told the waiters: 'Do whatever he tells you to do.'

6 Well, there were six stone water jars sitting there, which the Judeans required for washing, each one of which held about fifteen gallons. 7 Then Jesus told them to fill the jars to the brim with water. 8 And he said, 'Now, dip some out and take it to the banquet director.'

So they took it to the banquet director, 9 and when he tasted the water that had been turned into wine (he didn't know where it came from, but the waiters who drew the water knew), the director called the bridegroom 10 and said to him: 'Everyone else puts out the finest wine first, and after people are intoxicated, the inferior. However, you've kept the best wine for now!'

11 So, there in Cana of Galilee was where Jesus first showed the signs that revealed his glory, and where his disciples [first started believing] in him.

12 Well after that; he, his mother, his brothers, and [his] disciples went down to CapharNaum. However, they didn't stay there long 13 because it was getting close to the Jewish Passover… so Jesus then went on up to JeruSalem. 14 And there he found [people] in the Temple selling cattle, sheep, and doves, as well as some currency exchangers who were sitting there. 15 So, after making a whip out of ropes, he drove all those with the sheep and cattle out of the Temple, and he poured out the currency exchangers' coins, turning their tables over. 16 Then he said to those who were selling the doves: 'Get these things out of here! Quit turning my Father's House into a marketplace!' 17 And that's when his disciples remembered that it was written: 'Zeal for Your House will consume me.'

18 Well after that, the Judeans asked: 'Since you're doing all these things, what sign can you show us?'

19 And Jesus replied: 'Tear down this Most Holy (gr. Naon or, Dwelling of God) and I'll rebuild it in three days.'

20 Then the Judeans said: 'It took forty-six years to build this Holy Place… and [you say] you'll rebuild it just in three days?'

21 Of course, he was talking about his most holy body (gr. Naou tou somatos autou or, Most/Holy of/the body of/him) 22 And after he was raised from the dead, his disciples remembered that he used to say this, and they believed the Scriptures and the things that Jesus said.

23 It was there (while he was in JeruSalem for the Passover and its festival) that many people started believing in his name… that is, after they saw the signs that he was performing. 24 But Jesus didn't trust them, because he knew them… 25 he didn't need anyone to tell him about people, because he knew what they were on the inside.

Chapter 3

1 Now, there was a man named NicoDemos (he was a Pharisee and a ruler of the Judeans) 2 who came to him one night and said: 'Rabbi, we know that you came as a teacher from God, because nobody can perform signs like you're doing unless God is with him.'

3 Then Jesus said: 'I tell you the truth; Unless a person is born from above, he can't see the Kingdom of The God.'

4 So NicoDemos asked: 'How can a man be born again after he's old… he can't go back into his mother's womb a second time to be born, can he?'

5 And Jesus replied: 'I tell you the truth; Unless a person is born from water and Spirit, he can't enter the Kingdom of God. 6 Because, things that have been born from the flesh are fleshly, while things that have been born from the Spirit are spiritual. 7 However, don't be surprised because I told you that people have to be born again… 8 for the wind blows wherever it wishes. And though you can hear the noise, you don't know where it's coming from or where it's going… and this is how it is for all those who have been born of the Spirit.'

9 Then NicoDemos asked, 'How can things like this happen?'

10 And Jesus replied: 'You're a teacher of IsraEl, and you don't know? 11 I tell you the truth; We tell about the things that we know and testify to things that we've seen… yet, you haven't accepted our testimony. 12 So if you don't believe the earthly things that I'm telling you, how will you believe the heavenly things?

13 'No one has gone to heaven other than the one who came down from heaven, the Son of Man, who is [from] the heavens. 14 And as Moses raised the [sign of the] snake in the desert; that's how the Son of Man must be raised, 15 so that all those who believe in him might have age-long life.

16 'This is how [much] The God loved the world: He gave His one-and-only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not be destroyed, but have age-long life.

17 'God didn't send His Son into the world to judge it, but so that the world might be saved through him! 18 Therefore, those who believe in [the Son] won't be condemned, while those who don't believe have already been condemned, because they haven't put faith in the name of God's one-and-only Son. 19 Indeed, this [is the basis] for their judgment!

'Though the light has now entered the world, these men love darkness more than the light, because the things that they're doing are evil. 20 For people who are doing what's foul hate the light and they don't come into the light so [they won't] be disciplined for the [bad] things they're doing. 21 However, those who are doing what is true will come to the light, so that the things they're doing can be exposed as having been done in God.'

22 Well after that, Jesus and his disciples traveled into the Judean countryside where he spent some time with them, [as they were] baptizing. 23 John was also baptizing in Aenon near Salim (because there's a lot of water there) and people kept going out to be baptized [by him], 24 for John hadn't been thrown into prison yet.

25 Well, there was a discussion that arose between John's disciples and [a certain] Judean concerning purification. 26 So they went to John and said: 'Rabbi; The man who was with you across the Jordan (the one whom you testified about) is also baptizing, and now everyone is going to him!'

27 And John replied: 'A man can have nothing unless he receives it from heaven… 28 and you are witnesses that I said I'm not the Anointed One, but that I've been sent ahead of him. 29 The one who has the bride is the bridegroom. But his friend, when he stands and listens to him, gains much joy from the voice of the bridegroom. So my joy is now complete, 30 and he must increase as I decrease.

31 'This one who came from above is over all, while the one who comes from the earth is earthly and talks about earthly things. Yes, the one who came from heaven is over all, 32 for he speaks of things that he's actually seen and heard… yet, they aren't accepting his testimony. 33 But those who do welcome his testimony are proving God to be true. 34 And since the one sent by God speaks God's words; he doesn't just measure out [small] portions of [God's] Breath, 35 because the Father loves the Son, and He has entrusted everything into his hands. 36 So those who believe in the Son will have age-long life, while those who disobey him won't see life at all, because the wrath of God remains upon them.'

Chapter 4

1 Now, when the Lord realized that the Pharisees knew he was making and baptizing more disciples than John 2 (although Jesus didn't really do any baptizing, his disciples did), 3 he left Judea and returned to Galilee.

4 Well, on the way, he had to travel through Samaria, 5 and he stopped at a Samaritan city called Sychar, which was close to the field that Jacob gave to his son JoSeph, 6 and it's where Jacob's [well] was located. Then, since Jesus was tired from the journey, he sat down at the edge of the [well] (at about the sixth hour), 7 and at the time, a Samaritan woman had come there to draw water. So Jesus said to her, 'Give me a drink.' 8 (at the time, his disciples were in the city buying some food.)

9 But the Samaritan woman asked him: 'So why are you, a Jew, asking me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink --?

10 And Jesus replied: 'If you knew about the gift of God and who's asking you for a drink, you might have asked him, and he would have given you living water.'

11 Then she said: 'Master, you don't have anything to draw water with… and it's a deep well! So, where will you get this living water? 12 You aren't greater than our ancestor Jacob who gave us this well and who drank from it with his sons and cattle, are you?'

13 And Jesus replied: 'Whoever drinks this water will just get thirsty again. 14 But whoever drinks the water that I give him won't be thirsty again in this age, for the water that I give will become a fountain inside him that bubbles age-long life.'

15 Then the woman said: 'Lord, give me this water so I won't be thirsty again and have to keep coming to this place to draw water!'

16 And he said to her: 'Go call your husband [and tell him] to come here.'

17 But the woman replied: 'I don't have a husband.'

And Jesus said: 'It's good that you say you don't have a husband, 18 because you've had five husbands; and the one you have now isn't your husband… you've told the truth.'

19 So the woman said: 'Lord, I see that you're a Prophet. 20 Our ancestors worshiped here on this mountain, but you people say that JeruSalem is where we should worship.'

21 Then Jesus said to her: 'Believe me, woman; the time is coming when you won't worship the Father on this mountain or in JeruSalem! 22 And though you worship what you haven't known; we worship what we have known, because salvation comes from the Jews. 23 But the time is coming (and it's now) when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth… because, the Father is searching for such people to worship Him. 24 And since God is spirit; those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth.'

25 Then the woman said: 'I know that the Messiah (who is called the Anointed One) is coming, and when he gets here, he will explain it all to us.'

26 And Jesus said: 'I (this one who is speaking to you) am he.'

27 Well, it was then that his disciples arrived and they were puzzled, because he was talking to a woman; and of course, no one asked what she was looking for or why he was talking to her. 28 Then the woman left her water jar and went back into the city, where she told the people: 29 'Come here and see a man who told me everything I did… this couldn't be the Anointed One could it?' 30 And as the result, they all came to him from the city.

31 Meanwhile, the disciples were urging him, saying, 'Rabbi, eat!'

32 But he told them: 'I have food to eat of which you're unaware.'

33 So the disciples started asking each other, 'No one has brought him anything to eat, have they?'

34 Then Jesus said: 'Doing the will of the One who sent me and finishing His work is my food. 35 Though you say that there are four more months until the harvest, I tell to you to look up and notices the fields, for they're already white and ready for harvesting! 36 The harvesters are already getting their pay and they're gathering in the fruit of age-long life… so the planters and the harvesters can now rejoice together. 37 The saying is true: 'One does the planting while another does the harvesting,' 38 so I'm sending you out to harvest what you didn't work on. Yes, though others did the work, you're now benefiting from their efforts!'

39 Well, many of the Samaritans from that city started believing in [Jesus] because of what the woman testified to when she said, 'He told me everything that I did.' 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them… and he spent a couple of days there. 41 But after that, many more started to believe because of the things he was saying. 42 So they told the woman: 'We don't believe just because of what you said, but because of what we've heard for ourselves… and now we know that this man is truly the Savior of the world!'

43 Well, two days later, he left for Galilee; 44 and there Jesus himself witnessed the fact that a Prophet receives no honor in his hometown. 45 Yet, when he [first] arrived in Galilee, the Galileans had welcomed him because they'd seen all the things he did in JeruSalem at the festival (since they'd also been there).

46 Then he returned to Cana of Galilee (where he turned the water into wine), and it was there that a man of royalty (who happened to be in CapharNaum at the time) had a son that was ill. 47 And when this man heard that Jesus had come out of Judea into Galilee, he went and asked him to heal his son (who was about to die). 48 However, Jesus said to him: 'You [people] just refuse to believe unless you see signs and omens.'

49 But the man urged him, saying: 'Lord, come on, before my little boy dies!'

50 And finally, Jesus said: 'Be on your way! Your son is alive.'

So the man believed what Jesus said and went away. 51 Then on his way back, his slaves met him and told him that his boy was alive. 52 And when he asked them exactly what time he got better, they told him: 'The fever left him yesterday at the seventh hour.' 53 And the father recognized that it was the same time that Jesus told him, 'Your son is alive.' So he and his whole household became believers. 54 This was the second sign that Jesus performed when he came out of Judea into Galilee.

Chapter 5

1 Later on, because there was a Jewish festival, Jesus [once again] went up to JeruSalem. 2 And in JeruSalem, at the Sheep-gate Pool (called BethZatha in Hebrew) where there are five stone columns, 3 he found many people who were sick, blind, lame, and otherwise physically handicapped, and they were all lying down. 4 – – 5 Among them was a man who had been extremely weak for thirty-eight years. 6 So when Jesus saw this man lying there (being aware of the long time he'd had this condition), he asked him: 'Would you like to get well?'

7 And the sick man answered: 'Lord, I don't have anyone to put me into the pool when the water is shaking. And while I'm trying to get in, someone else steps in ahead of me!'

8 Then Jesus said: 'Get up, pick up your cot, and walk around.' 9 And with that, the man immediately became healthy, picked up his cot, and started walking around.

Now, that day was a Sabbath; 10 so the Judeans started telling the cured man: It's the Sabbath, so it's illegal for you to carry the cot!'

11 But he said to them: 'The one who cured me told me to pick up my cot and walk!'

12 And they asked: 'Which man was it that told you to pick it up and walk?'

13 But the healed man didn't know who he was, because Jesus had faded into crowd.

14 Then later on, Jesus found the man in the Temple and said: 'See… now you're healthy! Don't sin anymore, so that something worse doesn't happen to you.'

15 And after that, the man went off and told the Judeans that it was Jesus who had cured him. 16 And this is why the Judeans started persecuting Jesus… because he was doing these things on the Sabbath. 17 But he told them: 'My Father has kept working until now, so I keep working.' 18 As the result, the Judeans started looking [for ways to] kill him. For, not only was he breaking the Sabbath, but he also called God his own Father, making himself equal to God.

19 Then Jesus said to them: 'I tell you the truth; The Son can do nothing other than what he sees the Father doing… whatever [the Father] does is what the Son does. 20 And because the Father cares about the Son, He shows him everything that He's doing… and [God] will show him greater works than these, just to amaze you.

21 'Therefore, as the Father raises the dead and makes them alive; the Son can also give life to whomever he wishes. 22 And the Father doesn't judge anyone, for He has left all the judging to the Son, 23 so that all may honor the Son as they honor the Father. Therefore, whoever doesn't honor the Son, doesn't honor the Father who sent him.

24 'I tell you the truth; Whoever hears what I say and believes in the One that sent me will have age-long life… he won't have to be judged, for he has come out of the death and into the life!'

25 'I also truthfully say that the time is coming – – when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of The God, and those who listen to him will live. 26 For, just as the Father has life in Himself, He has given the Son life in himself 27 and authorized him to do judging… because he is the son of man.

28 'Now, don't be surprised at this, because the hour is coming when all who are in the tombs will hear his voice 29 and come out… those who did good things to a resurrection of life, and those who practiced what is foul to a resurrection of judgment.

30 'Why, I can't do anything on my own… I just judge by what I hear, and my judgments are righteous, because I'm not looking to do the things that I want, but to do the Will of the One who sent me.'

31 'Now, if I were to testify about myself, that testimony wouldn't be true. 32 But someone else has already testified about me, and I know that the testimony he gave about me is true. 33 For you sent [people] to John and he testified to the truth. 34 However, I don't really need the testimony of men… I'm just telling you these things to save you!

35 '[John] was a burning, shining lamp, and you all wished to rejoice in that light during his hour. 36 But now I have a testimony that's even greater than John's, because I'm doing the work that my Father assigned me to finish. And it's these things that will testify about me [and prove] that I was sent by the Father.

37 'Even the Father who sent me has testified about me… however, you've never heard His voice or seen His shape, 38 and His words don't stick with you, because you don't believe in the one whom He sent. 39 Rather, you keep searching the Scriptures, thinking that they will give you age-long life! And though they actually testify about me, 40 you still refuse to come to me so you can live!

41 'I don't [need] glory from people, 42 and I know that you don't have God's love in you. 43 For though I've come in the Name of my Father; you haven't welcomed me… yet if someone else came in his own name, you would welcome him! 44 So how can you believe, when you receive your glory from each other and you don't look to glorify the one who has come here from the one God?

45 'Now, don't think that I'm going to accuse you before the Father, because the one who accuses you is Moses… this person in whom you're putting all your hope. 46 For if you believed Moses, you'd also believe me, since he wrote about me! 47 However, if you don't even believe what he wrote, how can you believe what I have to say?'

Chapter 6

1 Well after this, Jesus crossed to the other side of the Sea of Galilee (or Tiberius), 2 and a large crowd followed along just to see the signs he was performing upon those who were sick. 3 And there, Jesus went up a mountain and sat down with his disciples. 4 It was close to the time of the Jewish Passover festival, 5 so when Jesus looked up and noticed the huge crowd coming, he asked Philip: 'Where should we buy bread for them all to eat?' 6 However, he just said this to test him, because he already knew what he was going to do.

7 Then Philip answered: 'Why, two hundred silver coins worth of loaves wouldn't be enough to provide everyone with even a little!'

8 And one of his disciples (Andrew the brother of Simon Peter) said to him: 9 'Here's a little boy who has five loaves of barley bread and two small fish. But what good is this when there are so many?'

10 Then Jesus said: 'Have the people recline as they would at a meal.'

Well, there was a lot of grass there, so they all, about five thousand men (gr. andres), got down on the ground. 11 Then Jesus took the bread, and after giving thanks, distributed it to those who were lying there. [He also did the same with] the small fish, [giving them as much] as they wanted. 12 And when they were all full, he told his disciples: 'Now pick up the leftovers, so nothing is wasted.' 13 And when they picked them up, they filled twelve baskets with what remained of the five loaves of barley that those who had eaten had left behind.

14 So when the people saw the signs he was performing, they started saying, 'This really is the Prophet that was to come into the world!'

15 And Jesus (because he knew that they were about to come and take him to make him their king) went away again… up on the mountain by himself.

16 Meanwhile, his disciples went down to the water that evening, 17 got into their boat, and left for the other side of the Sea to CapharNaum, because it had grown dark and Jesus hadn't returned. 18 But then a strong wind arose and the sea became very rough.

19 Well, after they'd rowed out for about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking across the sea toward the boat, and this frightened them. 20 But he said to them: 'Don't be afraid… it is me!' 21 And at that, they were finally willing to let him into the boat. Then shortly thereafter, they reached shore at the place where they were going.

22 Then the next morning, the crowd that was back on the opposite side of the sea saw just the single little boat and not the other… and they knew that Jesus hadn't gotten into the boat with his disciples and that [the disciples] had left by themselves. 23 And later, after some boats had arrived from Tiberias and docked close to the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord gave thanks, 24 the crowd started to realize that Jesus and his disciples were no longer there. So they got into their little boats and traveled to CapharNaum to look for Jesus. 25 And when they found him across the sea, they asked him, 'Rabbi, when did you get here?'

26 Then Jesus said to them: 'I tell you the truth; You aren't looking for me because you saw signs, but because you had a lot of bread to eat. 27 Don't work for food that can spoil. Rather, [work for] for the food of life that lasts through the ages, which the Son of Man (who was sealed by our Father, The God) will give to you.'

28 Then they asked: 'What must we do to perform the works of The God?'

29 And Jesus replied: 'All that The God requires is for you to believe in the one whom He sent.'

30 So they asked: 'Then, what sign will you perform for us so that we can see and believe… what [miracles] can you show us? 31 Why, Moses gave our ancestors manna as bread from heaven when they were in the desert.'

32 Then Jesus replied: 'I tell you the truth; the bread that Moses gave them didn't [really] come from heaven. However, my Father will give you bread that truly does come from heaven. 33 For God's bread is the person who came from heaven in order to give life to the world.

34 Then they said: 'Lord, always give us this bread!'

35 And Jesus went on to say: 'Well, I am that bread of life, and those who come to me won't ever be hungry again, nor will those who believe in me ever be thirsty again. 36 However, I tell you this: Though you've seen me, you still don't believe. 37 Only those whom the Father has given to me will come to me… and I won't throw away anyone who comes to me, 38 because I didn't come here from heaven to do my will, but [to do] the Will of the One who sent me. 39 And this is what His Will is: That I shouldn't lose any of those whom He has given to me, but that I should resurrect them [on] the Last Day. 40 Yes, it is the Will of my Father that everyone who pays close attention to the Son and believes in him should have age-long life. For I will resurrect him… [yes] me, on the Last Day!'

41 Well at this, the Judeans started grumbling about him, because he'd said, 'I am the bread that has come down out of heaven.' 42 And they started asking each other, 'Isn't this Jesus, the son of JoSeph, whose father and mother we all know? So, how is it that he's saying, I came down out of heaven?

43 Then Jesus told them: 'Stop your grumbling! 44 No one can come to me unless he is drawn by the Father who sent me… and then I will resurrect him on the last day. 45 It is written in the Prophets: They will all be taught by God. So all those who listen to the Father and learn, will come to me.

46 'Why, no one has seen the Father other than the one who was with The God… yes, he has seen the Father. 47 And I tell you the truth; those who believe this will have age-long life!

48 'For a fact, I am the bread of life! 49 Though your ancestors ate the manna in the desert, they [still] died. 50 However, no one who eats this bread that comes from heaven will die, 51 for I'm the living bread that came from heaven, and all who eat this bread will have age-long life. Now, the bread that I'm offering up is my flesh, and I'm giving it away so as to bring life into the world!'

52 Well at that, the Judeans started fighting with each other, asking, 'How can this man give us his flesh to eat?'

53 So Jesus said: 'I tell you the truth; if you don't eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you won't have life in yourselves. 54 For those who chew my flesh and drink my blood will have age-long life… because I will resurrect them on the Last Day. 55 Since my flesh is truly food and my blood is truly drink, 56 those who chew on my flesh and drink my blood will remain in me, and I in them.

57 'I was sent here by the living Father and I became alive through the Father. So those who chew on me will live because of me! 58 Yes, this is the bread that came down from heaven. It's not the same as the bread that your fathers ate and then died; for those who chew on this bread will live into the age.'

59 Now, he said all these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at CapharNaum. 60 But after they heard him say these things, many of his disciples said, 'These are tough words… who can listen to them?'

61 Well, because Jesus knew what his disciples were grumbling about, he asked them: 'Has this become a trap for you? 62 [If so], what will happen when you see the Son of Man going back up to the place from which he came?

63 [Your] breath is what makes you alive, for [without it], the flesh is useless. And these things that I'm telling you are your life and your breath… 64 yet, some of you still don't believe.'

Well, Jesus knew from the start who wouldn't believe and who would betray him; 65 so he went on to say: 'This is why I told you that none of you can come to me unless you've been given to me by the Father.'

66 Well, as the result of [these things that he was saying], many of his disciples went back to what they'd left behind and they wouldn't walk with him anymore. 67 Then Jesus asked the twelve: 'Don't you want to turn back also?' 68 But Simon Peter replied: 'Lord, to whom else should we turn? You're the one who speaks the words [that lead to] age-long life69 for we've known and believed that you're the Holy One of The God!'

70 Then Jesus said: 'I chose you twelve, didn't I? Yet, one of you is a slanderer' 71 (of course, he was talking about Judas, [the son] of Simon IsCariot; because, although he was one of the twelve, he was about to betray [Jesus]).

Chapter 7

1 Well, after all of these things had happened, Jesus kept his travels close to Galilee… he no longer cared to travel through Judea, because the Judeans were looking to kill him. 2 However, the Jewish Festival of Temporary Structures was coming up, 3 so his brothers said to him: 'You should leave here and go to Judea so your disciples there can also see the things that you're doing. 4 For no one does things in secret when they want everyone to know what they're saying.' 5 (Yes, it's a fact that his brothers didn't believe in him).

6 So Jesus told them: 'My time hasn't arrived yet… but it's always your time, 7 because the world has no reason to hate you. It hates me, because I testify to the fact that it's ways are wicked. 8 So, you go on up to the festival… I won't be going to this festival, because my time hasn't arrived yet.'

9 Well, he remained in Galilee [for a while] after telling them this. 10 However, after his brothers had left for the festival, Jesus also went (not openly, but in secret).

11 Well, the Judeans were all looking for him at the festival, for they were asking, 'Where is that [man]?' 12 And there was a lot of discussion about him among the crowds. Some were saying, 'He's a good man.' But others were saying, 'No he isn't… he's misleading them all!'

13 Of course, nobody would talk about him publicly, because they were all afraid of the Judeans.

14 Well, when Jesus finally arrived, the festival was half over. But then he went into the Temple, where he started teaching, 15 which caused the Judeans to wonder and ask, 'How is it that this man understands the scriptures, since he hasn't studied them?'

16 So Jesus told them: 'Well, what I'm teaching isn't mine… it belongs to the One who sent me. 17 And all those who want to do His Will already know whether the things I'm teaching come from God, or if I'm speaking on my own. 18 For those who speak on behalf of themselves are just trying to glorify themselves, while the person whose only wish is to glorify that One who sent him is truthful, and there isn't any unrighteousness in him. 19 And though Moses give you the Law, none of you are trying to do what the Law says, for why are you looking to kill me?'

20 Well at that, the crowd started shouting, 'You're demonized! Who's looking to kill you?' 21 And Jesus said: 'I did this one thing that really bothers you. 22 However, Moses gave you the circumcision (though it's not really from Moses but from your forefathers), so you circumcise men on the Sabbath. 23 So if a man can be circumcised on a Sabbath without breaking the Law of Moses, why are you so angry with me because I made an entire man healthy on a Sabbath? 24 Stop judging from the way things look on the surface… judge matters righteously!'

25 Well at that, some who lived in JeruSalem started asking: 'But isn't this the man that they're actually seeking to kill? 26 Yet look; here he is speaking in public and they haven't said anything to him! Have the rulers come to believe that he really is the Anointed One? 27 Yet, we all know where this man came from; and when the [real] Anointed One arrives, no one will know where he's from!'

28 Then (since he was standing in the Temple, teaching at the time), Jesus shouted aloud: 'Yes, you know me and you know where I'm from! But coming here wasn't my idea. Yet, you don't know the One who sent me… 29 I know Him, because I came from Him and He sent me here!'

30 Well after that, they started looking for ways to grab him, but no one was able to lay a hand on him, because his time hadn't come yet.

31 Meanwhile, many who were in the crowd started believing in him and were saying: 'When the Anointed One arrives, he surely won't perform more signs than this man has, will he?' 32 And because the Pharisees could hear what the crowd was saying about him, the Chief Priests and Pharisees sent officers to arrest him.

33 It was then that Jesus said: 'I will be here with you just a little while longer before I go to the One who sent me. 34 Then you will look for me but not find me… and where I'm [going] you can't go.'

35 So the Judeans started asking each other: 'Where does he plan to go that we won't be able to find him? He doesn't intend to go to those scattered among the Greeks and start teaching the Greeks, does he? 36 What does he mean when he says, You'll look for me but not find me, and, Where I'm going you can't go?'

37 Well, it was on the last day (the climax of the festival) that Jesus stood up and shouted: 'If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink! 38 For the scriptures say this about those who will put faith in me: A river of living water will flow from him.' 39 [Of course] when he said this, [he was talking] about The Spirit, which those who were putting faith in him were about to receive. However, the Spirit hadn't arrived yet, because Jesus hadn't been glorified.

40 Then some of the crowd who heard these words started saying, 'This is surely the Prophet!' 41 while others were saying, 'This is the Anointed One!' However, some also said, 'The Anointed One won't really come from Galilee, will he? 42 Didn't the Scriptures say the Anointed One is from the line of David and from BethLehem, the village of David?' 43 So the crowd became divided over him.

44 And although some among them had come to arrest him, nobody laid a hand on him. 45 So after the officers returned to the Chief Priests and Pharisees and were asked why they didn't bring him in, 46 they replied, 'No man has ever spoken like this!'

47 So the Pharisees said to them: 'You haven't been misled also, have you? 48 Why, none of the rulers or Pharisees believe in him, do they? 49 Yet this crowd that doesn't know the Law is cursed!'

50 Then NicoDemos (the man who had come to him previously and who was truly one of [Jesus' followers]) said to them: 51 'Our Law doesn't allow us to judge a man before we hear what he has to say and get to understand what he's up to, does it?'

52 But they said to him: 'Are you also a Galilean? Search [the Scriptures] and you'll see that no Prophet is to come from Galilee!'

Chapter 8

(1-11) 12 So Jesus spoke to them again, saying: 'I am the light of the world, and whoever follows me won't ever walk in darkness, because he'll have the light of life.'

13 Then the Pharisees said to him: 'You're testifying about yourself and what you're testifying to isn't true!'

14 And Jesus told them: 'Even if I am testifying about myself, my testimony is true, because I know where I came from and where I'll return. But you don't know where I came from or where I'm going, 15 since your judgment is fleshly. However, I'm not judging anyone! 16 But if I should judge, my judgment would be true, because I'm not alone… the Father who sent me is with me. 17 But it's written in your Law that whatever two men testify to is true; 18 and although I'm testifying about myself, the Father who sent me has also testified about me.'

19 Then they asked, 'So, where is your Father?'

And Jesus replied: 'You don't know me or my Father; for if you knew me, you would also know my Father.'

20 And although [Jesus] was saying these things right there in [the Temple] Treasury; during the entire time that he was teaching in the Temple, nobody arrested him, because his time hadn't come.

21 Then He told them again: 'I am going away and you will look for me. However, you will just die in your sins, because I'm going to a place where you can't go.'

22 So the Judeans started asking, 'Is he saying that he's going to kill himself? For he says, I'm going to a place where you can't go.'

23 But he went on to tell them this: 'You come from the things below and I come from the things above. You're from this world, but I'm not from this world. 24 So as I told you before; You will die in your sins… if you don't believe that I am the one, you will die in your sins!'

25 Then they asked, 'So, who are you?'

And Jesus said: 'Why am I even talking to you? 26 I have so many things to tell you and to judge about you; for the One who sent me is true, and I'm telling the world what I heard from Him.'

27 Well, because they really didn't understand that he was talking to them about the Father, 28 Jesus said: 'After you hang the Son of Man up, you'll know who I am, and that I haven't been doing anything on my own… I've just been saying what I was taught by the Father. 29 For the One who sent me is with me, and He didn't send me off alone, because I always do the things that please Him.'

30 Well, it was as he was saying these things that many started to believe in him. 31 So Jesus then addressed the Judeans who believed in him, and he told them this: 'If you hang onto these things that I'm talking to you about, you're really my disciples… 32 you will know the truth and the truth will set you free!'

33 But they replied: 'Since we're the seed of AbraHam and we've never been slaves to anyone, why are you saying that we'll be set free?'

34 Then Jesus said: 'I tell you the truth; everyone who sins is a slave to sin, 35 and a slave doesn't live in the house through the age. Only the son lives there through the age. 36 But if the Son sets you free, you'll really be free!

37 'I know that you're AbraHam's seed… however, you're looking to kill me, because what I'm saying isn't getting through to you. 38 Though I'm telling you the things that I saw [while I was] with my Father; you're doing the things that you heard from your father.'

39 Then they said: 'Well, our father is AbraHam!'

And Jesus said: 'If you really are AbraHam's children, do what AbraHam did! 40 Yet, you still want to kill me… a man who is just telling you the truth that I heard from The God! AbraHam wouldn't do that! 41 So, you're doing the things that your father wants.'

Then they said: 'We weren't fathered through some immoral relationship… we have one Father, God!'

42 And Jesus said to them: 'If God were your Father, you would love me, because I came here from God. I didn't come here on my own, He sent me!

43 '[Do you know] why it is that you don't understand what I'm saying? Because you aren't listening! 44 You're from your father the Slanderer, and you're wanting to do the will of your father, who was a murderer from the start… he didn't stick with the truth, because there isn't any truth in him. So when he tells a lie, he's saying something that's his, since he's a liar and the father of the lie. 45 This is why, although I'm telling you the truth, you don't believe me.

46 'Who among you accuses me of sin? And if I'm telling the truth, why don't you believe me? 47 Those who come from The God listen to what He says… and that's why you don't listen; because you aren't from The God!'

48 Well at that, the Judeans said: 'Aren't we [telling the truth] when we say that you're a demonized Samaritan?'

49 And Jesus answered: 'I don't have a demon; I'm honoring my Father and you're dishonoring me! 50 And though I'm not trying to glorify myself, there is someone who's watching and judging. 51 And I truthfully say that those who obey my words won't remain dead through the age.'

52 Then the Judeans said to him: 'Now we know that you're demonized! For although even AbraHam and the Prophets died, you're saying, If anyone obeys my words, he won't see death through the age. 53 You aren't greater than our father AbraHam or the Prophets who all died, are you? Who are you claiming to be?'

54 And Jesus told them: 'If I were just glorifying myself, my glory would be nothing. However, my Father is glorifying me. He's the One whom you say is your God, 55 yet you've never known Him! I know Him, and if I should ever say that I don't know Him, I'd be a liar like you. But I do know Him and I'm obeying His instructions.

56 [Then Jesus went on to tell them:] Your father AbraHam shouted in joy over the hope of seeing my day… yes, he saw it and he rejoiced!'

57 But the Judeans said: 'You aren't fifty years old yet, and you've seen AbraHam?'

58 And Jesus replied: 'I tell you the truth; I existed before AbraHam.'

59 And at that, they picked up rocks to throw them at him, but Jesus [went and] hid. Then he left the Temple.

Chapter 9

1 Well, as they were walking along, [Jesus' disciples] noticed a man who had been blind since birth. 2 So they asked [Jesus]: 'Rabbi; Who sinned, this man or his parents, that caused him to be born blind?'

3 And Jesus replied: 'It wasn't because of the sins of this man or his parents… it happened so that the works of God could be demonstrated through him. 4 For I must do the work of the One who sent me while it is still day, since the night is coming when no one can work. 5 And as long as I'm in the world, I'm its light.'

6 Then after he said that, he spit on the ground, made a paste with his saliva, and he put it on the man's eyes. 7 Then he told him: 'Go wash in the Pool of SiloAm' (which translates as The Sent Place). So he went off and washed, and then he came back seeing.

8 Well, when his neighbors (those who knew that he had been a beggar) saw this, they asked, 'Isn't this the same man that used to sit and beg?' 9 And though some agreed, saying, 'That's him;' others were saying, 'No, it just looks like him.' But then the man said, 'I'm the one!'

10 So they asked, 'Then, how were your eyes opened? 11 And he replied: 'The man called Jesus made a paste and smeared it on my eyes, then he told to me to go to SiloAm and wash. So I went and washed, and then I started seeing.'

12 Then they asked, 'Where is that man?' And he answered, 'I don't know.' 13 So they took the man who used to be blind to the Pharisees.

14 Well, the day that Jesus made the paste and opened his eyes was a Sabbath. 15 So the Pharisees asked him again how he had gained his sight. And he answered: 'He put a paste on my eyes, then I washed it off and I started seeing.'

16 And some of the Pharisees said, 'This man isn't from God, because he doesn't observe the Sabbath!' Yet others asked, 'If the man's a sinner, how can he perform such signs?' As the result, they were divided.

17 So they asked the blind man once more: 'Since he opened your eyes, what do you have to say about him?'

And the man said, 'He's a Prophet!'

18 However, the Judeans didn't believe that he had once been blind and started seeing, so they called his parents in 19 and asked them: 'Is this your son whom you say was born blind? If so, how is he able to see now?'

20 And his parents replied: 'We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 21 But we don't know how he started seeing or who opened his eyes… ask him, he's old enough… let him speak for himself!' 22 His parents said this, because they were afraid of the Judeans, since they had already agreed that if anyone would admit that [Jesus] is the Anointed One, they would be expelled from the synagogue. 23 So that's why his parents said, 'He's old enough, ask him.'

24 Then they asked the man who used to be blind a second time, saying: 'Glorify God! We know that this man is a sinner!'

25 But he answered: 'Whether he's a sinner or not, I don't know. The only thing I do know is that I was blind and now I can see!'

26 So they asked again: 'What did he do to you… how did he open your eyes?'

27 And he replied: 'I've already told you, but you aren't listening! Why do you want to hear it again? Do you also want to become his disciples?'

28 Well at that, they spoke insultingly to him, saying, 'You're one of that man's disciples, but we're disciples of Moses. 29 We know that God spoke to Moses, but we don't know where this man is from!'

30 And the man said: 'It's truly marvelous that you don't know where he's from… yet he opened my eyes. 31 We know that God doesn't listen to sinners, He only listens to those who are God-fearing and wish to do His Will. 32 Why, through the ages, no one has ever heard of anyone who could open the eyes of a person that was born blind. 33 And if this man wasn't from God, he couldn't do such a thing.'

34 Then they replied: 'You were born a complete sinner, and now you're teaching us?' So at that, they threw him out.

35 Well, Jesus heard about them throwing him out, and when he found him, he asked: 'Are you starting to put faith in the Son of Man?'

36 Then the man answered: 'Just who is he Lord, so that I can believe in him?'

37 And Jesus said: 'You've seen him, for this one who is speaking to you is him.'

38 Then he said: 'I do believe in him, Lord,' and he bowed low.

39 And Jesus said, 'The judgment that I'm bringing into this world is helping those who don't see, to see, and to make those who can see blind.'

40 But when some of the Pharisees who were there with him heard this, they asked, 'We aren't blind also, are we?'

41 And Jesus replied: 'If you were blind you wouldn't have any sin. But because you claim to see, your sins remain.'

Chapter 10

1 'I tell you the truth; Those who don't enter the sheep pen through the gate, but climb in at some other place, are thieves and robbers, 2 while the one who enters through the gate is the shepherd of those sheep. 3 He's the gatekeeper who opens to them, and the sheep listen to his voice. So he calls his sheep by their names and he leads them out. 4 Then after he has them all out, he leads and the sheep follow, because they recognize his voice. 5 They won't follow a stranger… they'll run from him, since they don't recognize the voice of a stranger.'

6 Well, because they didn't understand what he meant when Jesus gave them this illustration, 7 Jesus again said: 'I tell you the truth; I'm the gateway to the sheep, 8 and all those who came ahead of me were thieves and robbers, so the sheep didn't listen to them. 9 I'm the gateway, and whoever enters through me will be saved… he can come in or he can go out and find a place to graze. 10 So while thieves only enter to steal, kill, and destroy, I came here so they can have life… and plenty of it!

11 'I'm the good shepherd, and a good shepherd will give his life for his sheep. 12 A hired hand (someone who isn't a shepherd and who doesn't own the sheep) will leave them and run away whenever he sees a wolf coming… so the wolf can scatter them and snatch some away. 13 For since he's just a hired hand, he doesn't really care about the sheep. 14 But I'm the fine shepherd, and I know my sheep and they know me, 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father. Therefore, I will lay down my life for my sheep!

16 'However, I have other sheep that aren't in this pen, and I must also lead them. They too will listen to my voice and they will all become one flock under one shepherd. 17 And this is why I'm so loved by the Father… because I'm willing to lay down my life and then take it back again. 18 Nobody is going to take it from me… I'm giving it away! For I'm authorized to lay it down and I'm authorized to receive it again. Yes, this is the rule that I received from my Father!'

19 Well, the Judeans once again became divided over these words. 20 Many were saying, 'He's demonized and crazy, so why are you listening to him?' 21 But others were saying, 'These aren't the words of a demonized man, for a demon can't open the eyes of a blind man, can it?'

22 Well at the time, the Festival of Rededication was going on in JeruSalem (it was winter). 23 And as Jesus was walking in the Temple among the Columns of Solomon, 24 some Judeans gathered around him and asked: 'How long are you going to keep us in suspense? Just tell us if you're the Anointed One!'

25 And Jesus replied: 'I [already] told you, but you don't believe it! Although the things that I'm doing in my Father's Name are all testifying about me, 26 you still don't believe it, because you aren't my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice… I know them all and they follow me, 28 so I'm giving them age-long life! For none of them will be lost in this age, because no one will snatch them out of my hands, 29 since my Father who gave them to me is greater than everyone, and no one can grab them out of His hands… 30 for my Father and I are one!'

31 Then once again, the Judeans picked up rocks to stone him. 32 So Jesus said: 'I've shown you so many good things that I did, which came from the Father… for which of these good deeds are you ready to stone me?'

33 And the Judeans replied: 'We aren't stoning you for good deeds, but for blasphemy! Although you're just a man, you're making yourself a god!'

34 Then Jesus asked: 'Isn't it written in your Law, I say that you are gods? 35 So if God called those who were spoken against in His Word gods (and you can't void the Scriptures); 36 how can you tell me (one who was made holy and sent into the world by the Father) that I'm blaspheming because I say that I'm God's Son?

37 'If what I'm doing isn't my Father's Will, then don't believe me. 38 But if what I am [doing is His Will], then believe in what I'm doing, even if you don't believe in me! For then you will come to know (and keep on knowing) that the Father is in me and I am in the Father.'

39 So at that point they tried to grab him again, but he slipped out of their reach. 40 Then he went off and crossed the Jordan [River], and he stayed at the place that John had started his baptizing. 41 Many people also came to him there, and they were saying, 'John didn't perform a single sign, but everything John said about this man is true!' 42 So, many started believing in him there.

Chapter 11

1 Now, there was a man who was very ill, Lazarus of BethAny (he came from the same village as Mary and her sister Martha). 2 This is the Mary who greased the Lord with perfumed ointment and wiped his feet dry with her hair. And Lazarus (who was her brother), was very sick, 3 so his sisters sent word [to Jesus], saying, 'Lord, {Look!} the one whom you care for is very ill!'

4 But when Jesus heard this, he said: 'This sickness isn't for death, it's for the glory of God… so that the Son of God will be glorified by it!' 5 And though Jesus loved Martha, her sister, and Lazarus; 6 when he heard that [Lazarus] was ill, he actually stayed where he was for two more days. 7 And after that, he told the disciples: 'Let's go to Judea again.'

8 But the disciples reminded him, saying: 'Rabbi, the Judeans just tried to stone you, so are you going there again?'

9 And Jesus replied: 'Aren't there twelve hours of daylight? If a person walks in the daylight he doesn't bump into things, because he sees the light of this world. 10 But if someone walks around during the night he'll bump into things, because there isn't any light in him.'

11 Then after he said this, he told them: 'Our friend Lazarus is lying down and I'm going there to wake him up.'

12 So the disciples said to him: 'Lord, if he's just lying down, he'll survive.' 13 However, Jesus was talking about his death, while they thought he was talking about lying down to sleep. 14 Then Jesus told them plainly: 'Lazarus has died… 15 and I'm happy for your sakes that I wasn't there, so you can believe. Now, let's go to him!'

16 Then Thomas (who was called the Twin) said to the other disciples: 'Let's go along also, so we can die with [Jesus].'

17 Well, when Jesus arrived, he found [that Lazarus] had already been in the tomb for four days, 18 and since BethAny was just about two miles from JeruSalem, 19 many people had come there from Judah to see Martha and Mary to console them over [the death of] their brother. 20 Then when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went to meet him, while Mary stayed at home. 21 And Martha said to Jesus: 'Lord, if you had just been here, my brother wouldn't have died. 22 But I know that whatever you ask of God, He'll give to you.'

23 Then Jesus told her: 'Your brother will stand again!'

24 And Martha said: 'I know that he'll stand again in the resurrection on the Last Day.'

25 But Jesus said to her: 'I am the resurrection and the life; so whoever believes in me, even if he dies, he will live. 26 And all the living who believe in me won't die through the age. Do you believe this?'

27 And she answered: 'Yes Lord; I have believed that you're the Anointed One, the Son of God, who was to come into the world.'

28 Then after saying this, she went off to call her sister Mary, and she told her secretly: 'The Teacher is here and he's asking for you.' 29 So when [Mary] heard this, she got up quickly and went to him.

30 Actually, Jesus hadn't gone into the village yet, but was still at the place where Martha had met him. 31 And when the Judeans who had come to the house to console her saw Mary get up quickly and go out, they followed her, thinking that she was going to the tomb to cry there. 32 Well, when Mary got to the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet, saying: 'Lord, if you had been here, my brother wouldn't have died!'

33 And when Jesus saw her and all the Judeans who came with her crying, he groaned a deep sigh and was visibly upset. 34 Then he asked, 'Where have you laid him?'

And they replied: 'Lord, come and see.'

35 Then Jesus broke into tears, 36 and the Judean [women] said: 'See how much he cared for him!' 37 But some of them asked: 'Wasn't this man who opened the eyes of the blind man able to keep him from dying?'

38 Well, after groaning deeply again, Jesus went to the tomb (it was actually a cave with a [large piece of] stone placed over it). 39 And Jesus said: 'Lift the stone.'

But Martha (the dead man's sister) said: 'Lord, by now he must smell, because it has already been four days!'

40 However, Jesus said: 'Didn't I tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God?'

41 So they lifted the stone. Then Jesus raised his eyes toward heaven and said: 'Father, thank You for listening to me! 42 I know that You always listen to me, but I said this for the sake of the crowd that's standing around… so they can believe that You sent me.'

43 And after he said that, he shouted loudly: 'Lazarus, come on out!'

44 Then the man who had been dead came out with his hands and feet still bound with wrappings and his face wrapped in a cloth. And Jesus said: 'Now, untie and unwrap him!'

45 So, many of the Judeans who came with Mary and saw what he had done started believing in him then. 46 However, others went off to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus was doing.

47 Then the Chief Priests and Pharisees assembled the Jewish Court and asked them: 'What should we to do… for this man is performing so many signs? 48 If we let him keep on doing this, everyone will believe in him and the Romans will come and take our land and our people!'

49 Well, one of those in the group, CaiAphas (who was the High Priest that year), said to them: 'You don't know anything 50 and you haven't figured it out yet… that it's best for one man to die for the people so the whole nation isn't destroyed!'

51 However, he didn't come up with this by himself; it was just because he was High Priest that year, that he spoke this prophesy about Jesus having to die for the nation… 52 and not just for the nation, but so that he could also bring the scattered children of God together as one.

53 Well, from that day on, these men were meeting and discussing ways to kill him, 54 so Jesus no longer traveled openly among the Judeans. He left there and traveled through the countryside near the desert to a city called Ephraim, where he remained with his disciples.

55 Now, the Judean Passover was coming, and many people had left the countryside for JeruSalem before the Passover, to undergo ceremonial cleansing. 56 And [all the while], people were looking for Jesus, asking each other (as they stood around in the Temple), 'What do you think? Won't he come to the Festival at all? 57 Why, the Chief Priests and Pharisees have given orders that if anyone knows where he is, they should tell it so they can arrest him.'

Chapter 12

1 Well, six days before the Passover, Jesus finally arrived at BethAny (the place where he had raised Lazarus from the dead), 2 and they prepared a supper for him there. Martha was doing the serving and Lazarus was reclining at the table with the others. 3 Then Mary took a pound of perfumed ointment (it was very expensive… genuine nard) and greased Jesus' feet, wiping them dry with her hair and filling the whole house with the scent of the perfume.

4 But Judas IsCariot (one of his disciples who was about to betray him) asked, 5 'Why wasn't this ointment sold for three hundred silver coins and given to the poor?' 6 However, he didn't say this because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief… he kept the money box, and he used to [steal some of] the money that was put into it.

7 But Jesus said: 'Leave her alone… let her keep this observance of the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor with you, but you won't always have me.'

9 Well, a large crowd of Judeans had learned that he was there, and they didn't just come to see Jesus, but also to see Lazarus whom he'd raised from the dead. 10 As the result, the Chief Priests then met in counsel to kill Lazarus also, 11 since many Judeans were going there and believing in Jesus because of him.

12 Then the next day, a huge crowd of those who had come to the festival (when they heard that Jesus was coming to JeruSalem) 13 took palm fronds and went out to meet him, shouting: '[God] save the Praised One who comes in Jehovah's Name as the King of IsraEl!'

14 And when Jesus found a young burro, he mounted it, just as it was written,
15 'Don't fear, O daughter of Zion;
For look, your king has arrived,
Sitting on the colt of a burro.'

16 And although his disciples didn't understand this at first; after Jesus was glorified, they realized that all of this had been written about him and that they actually did these things.

17 Also, the crowd that was with him when he had called Lazarus from the tomb and raised him from the dead, started testifying about him. 18 So, many among the throngs [of people who were there] came to meet him, because they'd heard about his performing this sign. 19 And as the result, the Pharisees started talking among themselves saying, 'Look, we're getting nowhere! See, the whole world is following him!'

20 Well, there were some Greeks among those who had come to worship at the Festival, 21 and they went up to Philip (who was from BethSaida of Galilee) and said: 'Lord, we'd like to see this Jesus.'

22 So Philip went and told Andrew, then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 But Jesus replied: 'No, for the time has arrived when the Son of Man is to be glorified. 24 I tell you the truth; Unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a kernel. But if it dies, it produces much fruit. 25 So, those who care for their lives will lose them, while those who don't care about their lives in this system of things are grabbing hold of age-long life. 26 Therefore, if someone wants to serve me he must follow me, so that my servants will be wherever I am… for the Father will honor all those who wish to serve me.

27 'Now, I'm deeply disturbed, so what should I say… Father, save me from this hour? No, for this is why I came to this hour! 28 So Father; Glorify Your Name!'

Then a voice came out of the sky that said: 'I glorified it and I will glorify it again!'

29 Well, [many in] the crowd who were standing there heard [the sound] and they said it was thunder; but others said, 'An angel has spoken to him!'

30 Then Jesus said: 'This voice didn't happen for my sake, but for yours, 31 since this system of things is now going to be judged and the ruler of this arrangement will be cast out! 32 For when I'm hung high off the ground, I will draw all men toward me.' 33 (He was really saying this to show what type of death he was about to die).

34 And the crowd started saying: 'Since the Law tells us that the Anointed One will be here through the age, why are you saying that the Son of Man must be hung up… just who is this Son of Man?'

35 And Jesus replied: 'The light will be among you for just a little while longer. Therefore, walk while you have the light so that darkness doesn't overtake you; for those who walk in darkness doesn't know where they're going. 36 But as long as you have the light, put faith in that light so you can become Sons of Light.'

Then after Jesus said these things, he went and hid from them. 37 For although he had performed so many signs before them, they still didn't believe in him. 38 But all of this happened so that the words of the Prophet IsaiAh could be fulfilled, which said,
'O Lord;
Who has believed in the things that we've heard,
And who has shown us the arm of the Lord?'

39 Now, the reason why they couldn't believe is as IsaiAh once again said:
40 'For the hearts of these people have hardened,
So, with their ears, they now listen slowly,
And their eyelids are closed;
Thus, they will not hear with their ears,
Nor will they see with their eyes,
And their hearts just won't comprehend,
To make them turn back so I'd heal them.'
41 Yes, IsaiAh said this, because he saw and talked about the glory [of Jesus]. 42 Why, even many of the rulers believed in him… but they wouldn't admit it because of the Pharisees, so they wouldn't be expelled from the synagogues. 43 For they loved the glory of men even more than the glory of God.

44 Then Jesus shouted [to the crowd]: 'Those who believe in me aren't just believing in me alone, but in the One who sent me. 45 And whoever sees me also sees the One who sent me! 46 For I came as a light to the world so that all those who believe in me won't remain in the darkness.

47 Now, if anyone hears what I say and doesn't obey it, I'm not going to judge him, for I didn't come to judge the world, but to save it! 48 And those who ignore me and don't welcome what I say already have someone who judges them… for the things that I've said are what will judge them on the last day, 49 since the things that I've said didn't come from me… it was the Father who sent me that commanded me what to tell and what to say! 50 And since I know that His Commandments mean age-long life, I've told you whatever the Father told me to say… yes, these are the things that I've been telling you!'

Chapter 13

1 Well, even before the Passover Festival, Jesus knew that the time had come for him to transfer from this world to the Father. Yet he loved those who were his own in the world to the end. 2 So, while they were eating supper (since the Slanderer had already put it into the heart of Judas IsCariot – the son of Simon – to betray him, 3 and because he knew that the Father had put everything into his hands, and that he came from God and was returning to God), 4 he got up from the meal and laid his outer clothing aside. Then he took a towel and wrapped it around him; 5 and he put water in a bowl and started washing his disciples' feet and drying them with the towel that he had around him. 6 But when he got to Simon Peter, [Peter] asked: 'Lord, why are you washing my feet?'

7 And Jesus replied: 'You won't understand what I'm doing right now, but you will understand later.'

8 Then Peter said: 'Well, you aren't going to wash my feet any time in this age!'

And Jesus replied: 'If I don't wash you, you will never have a share with me.'

9 And at that, Simon Peter said: 'Lord, then not just my feet, but my hands and head also!'

10 But Jesus told him: 'Someone who has taken a bath is completely clean and doesn't need to have anything more than his feet washed… and you men are clean… but not all.'

11 He knew, of course, which man would betray him. That's why he said, 'Not all of you are clean.'

12 Well, after he'd finished washing their feet, he put his outer clothing back on, reclined at the table again, and then he asked: 'Do you know what I've done for you? 13 You call me Teacher and Lord, and there's nothing wrong with this, because that's what I am. 14 But if I as your Lord and Teacher washed your feet, you should also wash the feet of each other. 15 Now, I've set the pattern for you, so you must do just as I've done to you.

16 'I tell you the truth; A slave isn't greater than his master, nor is the one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. 17 So if you understand these things and do them, you will be blest.

18 'Now, I'm not talking about all of you, for I know those whom I chose. And the scripture must be fulfilled that says: The one who used to chew on my bread has lifted his heel against me. 19 So from now on, I will be telling you things before they happen. That way, when they do happen, you'll believe that I am the one.

20 'I tell you the truth; those who welcome anyone that I send are also welcoming me. And those who welcome me, are also welcoming the One who sent me.'

21 Well, after he said these things, Jesus became deeply disturbed and he testified to this: 'I tell you the truth; One of you will betray me!'

22 Well, the disciples started looking at each other and they were all at a loss as to which one he was saying this about. 23 And because the disciple whom Jesus particularly loved was reclining right next to Jesus, 24 Simon Peter nodded to him and said, 'Tell [us] who he's talking about.' 25 So this one leaned back against Jesus' chest and asked: 'Lord, who [are you saying this about]?'

26 And Jesus replied: 'It's the one to whom I'm going to give this piece of bread that I'm dipping.' So he dipped the piece of bread, then he took and gave it to Judas, the son of Simon IsCariot.

27 Well, after [Judas ate] the bread, the Opposer entered him. And Jesus said: 'Now, hurry and do all that you've planned to do!' 28 Meanwhile, none of the rest who were reclining at the table knew why he said this to him. 29 In fact, some thought that since Judas was in charge of the money box, Jesus was telling him to buy whatever was needed for the Festival, or that he should give something to the poor. 30 So [Judas] left immediately after he'd received that piece of bread late that evening.

31 Well, it was after [Judas] had left that Jesus said, 'Now the Son of Man is being glorified, and through him, God will also be glorified. 32 For God Himself will glorify him, and he'll be glorified right away!

33 'Little children; I'll be with you just a little while longer. For [soon] you will look for me, and as I told the Judeans, Where I'm going you can't come… and I'm saying the same thing to you right now.

34 'Therefore, now I'm giving you a new commandment… to love each other! Yes, love each other just as I've loved you. 35 For this is how they will know that you are my disciples: By the love that you have for each other.'

36 Then Simon Peter asked, 'Where are you going, Lord?'

And Jesus told him: 'You can't follow where I'm going now… but you will follow later.'

37 And Peter said: 'Lord, why can't I follow you now? I'm [willing to] give my life for you!'

38 But Jesus said: 'Will you give your life for me? I tell you the truth; a rooster won't crow before you've denied knowing me three times.'

Chapter 14

1 'Now, don't let your hearts be troubled… just have faith in God and have faith in me. 2 Understand that there are many places [for you] to stay in my Father's house. If this weren't so, I wouldn't have told you that I'm going there to prepare a place for you. 3 And if I'm going to prepare a place for you, I will also return and take you with me, so you'll be wherever I am4 and then you'll know the way to where I am going.'

5 But Thomas said: 'Lord, since we don't know where you're going, how can we know the way?'

6 And Jesus replied: 'I am the way, the truth, and the life; so no one can come to the Father unless [he comes] through me. 7 If you men had [truly] known me, you would have recognized my Father also… and from now on, you've known Him and you've seen Him.'

8 Then Philip said: 'Lord, show us the Father and that will be enough for us!'

9 And Jesus asked: 'Have I spent so much time with you and you still haven't come to know me Philip? Since those who have seen me have also seen the Father, why are you saying, Show us the Father? 10 Don't you believe that I'm in the Father and the Father is in me? Why, I'm not coming up with the things that I'm saying to you on my own… it's the Father who is in me that is doing His work. 11 Believe me when I say that I'm in the Father and the Father is in me… or just believe because of the things that I'm doing!

12 'I tell you the truth; Whoever believes in me will do the same things that I'm doing. In fact, he will do even greater things than these, because I'm going to the Father.… 13 and then I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son can glorify the Father. 14 Yes, whatever you ask in my name, I will do! 15 And if you truly love me, you'll follow my commandments.

16 'Now, I'm going to ask the Father and He will provide you with an advocate that will be with you through the age17 the Spirit of Truth. The world won't receive it, because they can't see it or understand it… but you'll recognize it, for it will stay with you and in you.

18 'And I'm not leaving you as orphans, because I'll be coming [back] to you. 19 Yet, in just a little while, the world won't see me anymore… but you will see me again, because I'll be alive and you'll be alive. 20 And in that day, you'll come to know that I am in my Father, just as you will be in me and I will be in you.

21 'Those who know my commandments and obey them are the ones who truly love me. And because they love me, they will be loved by my Father… and I'll love them and reveal myself to them.'

22 Then Judas (not IsCariot, [but ThadDaeus]) asked: 'Lord, what [is about to] happen so that you'll be showing yourself to us, but not to the world?'

23 And Jesus replied: 'If anyone loves me, he'll obey my words. Then my Father will love him and we will come to him and dwell in him. 24 But those who don't love me won't obey my words. And the words that you're hearing aren't mine… they belong to the Father who sent me.

25 'Now, I've told you these things while I was with you, 26 but the Advocate, the Holy Breath that the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything and remind you of everything that I've told you.

27 So I leave you peace… I'm giving you my peace. I'm not giving it to you in the same way as this system of things offers it. I'm giving it to you so your hearts won't be troubled or fearful. 28 For although you heard me say that I'm going away; believe that I will also return. For if you love me, you'll cry out in joy that I'm going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I am!

29 'Now, I've told you all of these things before they happen, so that when they do happen, you can believe. 30 I won't be saying many more things to you, because the Ruler of this system of things is coming… but he has no hold on me. 31 Then the world will know that I love the Father, and that I've [fulfilled] all the commandments that the Father gave to me.

'Now, get up! Let's leave this place!'

Chapter 15

1 'I am the true vine, and since my Father is the cultivator, 2 He removes every branch in me that doesn't produce fruit and He cleans up all those that do produce, so they can bear more fruit. 3 Therefore, you've already become clean by the things that I've told you… 4 so stick with me and I'll stick with you. For, just as a branch can't produce fruit unless it remains on the vine, you can't either, unless you're in me.

5 'I am the vine and you are the branches; so those who are in me (and I in them) will produce much fruit. But apart from me, you can't do anything. 6 For when someone doesn't remain in me, his branch will be removed and wither. Then men will gather up such branches and throw them into the fire, where they'll be burned. 7 But if you remain in me, and if the things that I tell you remain in you; you can ask for anything you wish and it will happen.

8 'My Father is glorified when you keep on producing much fruit and continue to prove that you're my disciples. 9 So in the same way that the Father has loved me and I've loved you; remain in my love. 10 If you obey my commandments, you'll remain in my love in the same way that I have obeyed the commandments of the Father and I remain in His love.

11 'I've told you these things so that you can share in the joy that I have and so that your joy can grow. 12 And this is my commandment: Love each other just as I've loved you! 13 No one has greater love than a person who will lay down his life for his friends… 14 and you are my friends as long as you keep on doing what I'm commanding you.

15 'I'm not calling you slaves, because a slave doesn't really know what his master is doing. Rather, I'm calling you friends, because I've told you everything that I heard from my Father. 16 You didn't choose me, I chose you… yes, I appointed you! So you must now go and produce fruit… fruit that will last, so that whatever you might ask from the Father in my name, He will give to you!

17 'Yes, this is what I'm commanding you: Love each other! 18 And know that if this world dislikes you, it disliked me first. 19 If you're from this world, the world will be fond of what is its own. But because you're no part of the world (since I chose you out of the world), it won't care much for you.

20 'Remember what I told you: A slave isn't greater than his master! So if they've chased me down, they'll also chase you down… but if they've obeyed my words, they'll also obey yours. 21 So they're going to do all these things against you because of my name, since they don't know the One who sent me.

22 'Why, if I hadn't come and spoken to them, they wouldn't be guilty of sin… but now they don't have any excuse for their sins! 23 Those who dislike me, dislike my Father also; 24 and if I hadn't done things that no one else has ever done among them, they wouldn't be guilty of sin. However, they have [in fact witnessed these things], and they've shown that they don't care for my Father or me. 25 Yet, all of these things have happened so that the words written in [the Psalms] would be fulfilled: They disliked me for no reason.

26 'So when the Advocate that I'm going to send you from the Father arrives (the Spirit of Truth that comes from the Father), that [one] will testify about me. 27 And you are also to testify [about me], because you've been with me since the beginning.'

Chapter 16

1 'Now, I'm telling you these things so you won't be stumbled, 2 for they're going to expel you from their synagogues… in fact, the time is coming when anyone who kills you will think he's doing a service to God! 3 However, they'll be doing these things because they don't know the Father, nor do they know me. 4 I've told you this so that when their hour arrives, you might remember that I [warned] you about these things.

'I didn't say anything about this in the beginning, because I was with you. 5 But now I'm going to the One who sent me… and yet, none of you have asked me where I'm going.

6 'I know that because I've told you these things, your hearts are filled with grief. 7 But believe me when I say that my going away is for your own good. Because, if I didn't go away, the Advocate wouldn't come to you. But after I go, I'll send him to you. 8 And when that one gets here, he'll condemn the world over its sins, its righteousness, and its judgments.
9 About sin: Because they have no faith in me.
10 About righteousness: Because I'm going to the Father and you won't see me anymore.
11 And about judgments: Because the Ruler of this world has been judged.

12 'I still have so many things to tell you, but you can't handle them all right now. 13 However, when that one (the Spirit of Truth) arrives, he will lead you to all truth… and he won't be speaking for himself. Rather, he'll tell you what he hears and then he will announce the things that are coming.

14 'That one will also glorify me, because he will receive things from me and then announce them to you. 15 For everything that the Father has is now mine, and that's why I say that he will receive things from me and then announce them to you! 16 Because, in just a little while you won't be able to see me anymore… but then after a little while you will also see me again.'

17 Well, some of his disciples started asking each other: 'What does he mean when he says, After a little while you won't see me, but after a little while you will see me again, and, because I'm going to the Father?' 18 They also asked: 'What does he mean by, a little while? We don't know what he's talking about!' 19 But Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him [about this], so he said: 'Are you asking each other questions because I said, After a little while you won't see me; and after a while you will see me again? 20 I tell you the truth; You will cry and bawl while the world rejoices… yes, you will be very sad, but then your grief will be turned into joy!

21 'Whenever a woman is about to give birth, she's in pain because her time has arrived. But after the child is born, she forgets about the difficult time that she had, because of her joy in knowing that a human has been born into the world. 22 So although you're now feeling grief, I'll see you again! Then your hearts will rejoice and no one will ever be able to take away that joy… 23 and then you won't have to ask me any more questions.

'I tell you the truth; If you ask the Father for anything, He'll give it to you in my name. 24 Until now, you haven't asked for anything in my name; but then you'll ask and receive, and your joy will be complete.

25 'I've also been explaining these things to you through illustrations. But the time is coming when I'll no longer have to speak to you with illustrations, for I'll talk to you openly and bring back reports to you about the Father. 26 In that day, you will ask in my name and I'll no longer [have to] tell you that I'll ask the Father for you.

27 'Why, the Father cares for you because you cared for me, and because you believed that I came here from the Father. 28 So, since I came into the world from the Father, I'll also be leaving the world and returning to the Father.'

29 Well at this, his disciples said: '{Look!} Now you're talking openly without any illustrations… 30 now we're aware that you know everything and that you don't need anyone to be questioning you. And this is why we believe that you came from The God!'

31 But Jesus asked: 'Do you believe right now? 32 Look, the hour is coming – in fact it has already arrived – when you will each be scattered to your own homes and you'll abandon me. Yet, I won't be alone, because the Father is [always] with me.

33 'I've told you these things so you can find peace in me; for in this world you'll only find hard times. But take courage, because I've conquered the world!'

Chapter 17

1 Well, after Jesus said these things, he raised his eyes toward the heavens and said: 'Father, the hour has arrived! Now glorify your son so your son can glorify You. 2 You've put him over all flesh, so that he can give age-long life to all those whom You've given to him. 3 And knowing You (the only true God) and the one whom You sent (Jesus the Anointed) means age-long life.

4 'Father, I've glorified You on the earth and perfectly completed the work that You've assigned to me. 5 So now, glorify me alongside You with the same glory that I had beside You before there was this arrangement. 6 For I've made Your Name shine among these men that You gave me from the world… they were Yours, but You gave them to me, and they've obeyed everything that You told them to do.

7 'They also realize that everything You gave me came from You, 8 for I've passed along to them all the things that You told me, and they welcomed these things… and they know for a fact that I came here from You! Yes, they believe that You're the One who sent me. 9 So this is why I'm asking on their behalf… I'm not asking on behalf of the whole world, just for these whom You've given to me, because they're Yours. 10 For all that is Yours is now mine, and all that is mine is Yours… and I've been glorified among them! 11 But because I'm no longer in this world (yet they are) and I'm coming to You, Holy Father; Watch over these whom You've given to me because of Your Name… so that they may be in [each other], as we are [in each other].

12 'I've watched over these while I was with them (these whom You've given to me because of Your Name)… I've watched over them so that none would be destroyed other than the son of destruction, and that the Scriptures might be fulfilled. 13 But now I'm coming to You and I'm saying these things in the world so that they may have all of my joy in themselves.

14 'I've also given them Your Word… so the world hasn't cared much for them, because they're no part of this world, just as I'm no part of this world.

15 '[So Father]; I'm not asking You to take them out of the world, just to protect them from the Wicked One, 16 since they're no part of this world, just as I'm no part of this world.

17 'Make them holy with the truth, for Your Word is the truth! 18 And as You sent me into the world, I'm now sending them into the world. 19 For I'm making myself holy on their behalf, so that they may be made holy through the truth.

20 'Now, I'm not just asking for just these; [I'm asking that] all those who say that they believe 21 may become one (as You Father are in me and I am in You)… yes, may they become one in us, so that the world may believe that You sent me.

22 'I've also given them the glory that You gave to me, so they can be one with [each other] just as we are one with [each other], 23 I in them and You in me. May they can be perfected into one, so the whole world may know that You sent me and that You love them as You love me.

24 'Father, as for those whom You've given to me; I want them to be where I am, so they can see the glory that You're giving to me because You've loved me since before the founding of the cosmos.

25 'Righteous Father; The world never knew You… but I know You, and these whom You've sent to me have come to know [You]. 26 I've made Your Name known to them, and I will [continue to] make it known, so Your love for me can be in them, and I [can be] in them also.'

Chapter 18

1 Well after he said this, Jesus and his disciples crossed the Cedar (Kidron) Wadi, where they entered a garden.

2 Now, Judas (his betrayer) also knew of this place, because Jesus often met there with his disciples. 3 So Judas brought along a contingent of soldiers and some officers from the Priests and Pharisees, who came with torches, lanterns, and weapons. 4 And since Jesus knew everything that was about to happen, he asked them: 'Who are you looking for?'

5 And they replied: 'Jesus the Nazarene!'

So he said: 'That's me!' (Judas, his betrayer, was also standing among them). 6 But when he said, 'That's me,' they all backed up and fell to the ground. 7 So he asked them once more: 'Who are you looking for?'

And they again said: 'Jesus the Nazarene!'

8 Then Jesus replied: 'I told you, that's me! If I'm the only one you're looking for, then let the rest of them go.' 9 (He said this so that the words he spoke could be fulfilled: 'I haven't lost a single one of those whom You gave me'). 10 And at that, Simon Peter, who had a sword, drew it and struck the Chief Priest's slave, cutting off his right ear (the slave's name was Malchus). 11 However, Jesus told Peter: 'Put the sword away… shouldn't I drink the cup that the Father has given me to drink?'

12 Then the officer, his soldiers, and the Judean officials grabbed Jesus and tied him up.

13 Well, first they took him to AnNas, the father-in-law of CaiAphas (who was the High Priest that year). 14 This was the same CaiAphas who had advised the Judeans that it was to their benefit for one man to die on behalf of the people.

15 Meanwhile, Simon Peter and another disciple followed behind Jesus. And since the Chief Priest was familiar with that disciple, he went into the Chief Priest's courtyard along with Jesus, 16 as Peter stood outside by the gate. Then the disciple who knew the Chief Priest went outside and spoke to the gatekeeper, and brought Peter into [the courtyard].

17 But the servant girl who served as the gatekeeper said to Peter: 'You aren't one of this man's disciples also, are you?'

And he said: 'No, I'm not!'

18 Now, the servants and the officers were standing around warming themselves by a charcoal fire that they had lit, because it was cold… and Peter was standing there with them, warming himself.

19 Well, the Chief Priest then questioned Jesus about his disciples and his teachings. 20 And Jesus told him: 'I've spoken publicly before the whole world, and I've taught in the synagogues and in the Temple where all the Judeans meet. So, since I haven't said anything in secret, 21 why are you questioning me? Question those who heard what I said. See… they all know what I said!'

22 And at that, one of the officers who was standing nearby slapped Jesus in the face and said: 'Is that any way to answer the Chief Priest?'

23 And Jesus replied: 'If I spoke in error, then testify that what I said was wrong. But if [what I said was] right, then why did you hit me?'

24 Well after that, AnNas sent [Jesus] away bound to CaiAphas, the High Priest.

25 Meanwhile, as Simon Peter was still standing and warming himself, someone asked him: 'Aren't you one of his disciples?'

But he denied it, saying, 'I am not!'

26 Then one of the Chief Priest's servants (a relative of the man whose ear Peter had cut off) said: I saw you in the garden with him, didn't I?'

27 But Peter denied it again… and immediately, a rooster crowed.

28 Well, early the next morning, they led Jesus from CaiAphas' [home] to the Governor's Palace. However, they didn't go inside because they didn't want to make themselves unclean, so they could eat the Passover. 29 As the result, Pilate came outside to them and asked, 'What is your accusation against this man?'

30 And they replied: 'If this man hadn't done anything wrong, we wouldn't be handing him over to you!'

31 But Pilate said: 'Then take him yourselves and judge him by your own laws.'

And the Judeans said: 'It isn't legal for us to execute anyone!' 32 (This was said so that Jesus' words would be fulfilled when he showed what sort of death he would die).

33 So then Pilate went back inside the governor's palace, where he called for Jesus and asked, 'Are you the King of the Jews?'

34 And Jesus replied: 'Is it your idea to ask this, or did others tell you about me?'

35 So Pilate said: 'I'm not a Jew am I? Your own people and Priests handed you over to me… what did you do?'

36 And Jesus said: 'My Kingdom isn't from this world. If my Kingdom were from this world, my followers would likely have fought so I wouldn't be handed over to the Judeans… but my Kingdom isn't from here.'

37 And Pilate said: 'So then, aren't you a king?'

And Jesus replied: 'You're the one who's saying that I am a king. The reason why I was born and came into the world is to testify to the truth, and everyone who's on the side of truth listens to my voice.'

38 Then Pilate asked, 'What is the truth?' And after he said this, he went back outside to the Judeans and told them this: 'I haven't found any reason [to hold this man]. 39 So, since you usually ask me to release someone to you on the Passover; do you want me release the King of the Jews?'

40 But they shouted repeatedly: 'Not him, but BarAbbas!' (BarAbbas was a robber).

Chapter 19

1 So Pilate took Jesus and had him flogged with a whip. 2 Then the soldiers braided a crown of thorns and placed it on his head, and they wrapped him in a purple cape 3 and started coming up to him and saying, 'Rejoice, O you king of the Jews,' as they were slapping him in the face!

4 Finally, Pilate went outside once more and said, 'Look; I'm bringing him outside to you so you'll know that I find no fault in him!' 5 Then he brought out Jesus wearing the crown of thorns and the purple cape. And [Pilate] said: 'Look; The man!'

6 However, when the Chief Priests and the Temple officers saw him, they shouted: 'Hang him on a pole! Hang him on a pole!'

And Pilate said to them: 'Take him yourselves and impale him! I don't find any fault in him!'

7 But the Judeans shouted back: 'We have a Law; and according to that Law he must die, because he made himself God's Son.'

8 Well when Pilate heard them say this, it frightened him. 9 So he went back inside the Governor's Palace and asked Jesus, 'Where are you from?' But Jesus wouldn't answer. 10 So Pilate said to him: 'Aren't you talking to me… don't you know that I have power to release you and the power to impale you?'

11 And Jesus replied: 'You wouldn't have any power at all over me unless it had been given to you from above. That's why the one who handed me over to you has the greater sin.'

12 Well because of that, Pilate kept on looking for ways to release him. But the Judeans shouted, 'If you release this man, you're no friend of Caesar. For every man who makes himself a king speaks against Caesar!'

13 So after Pilate heard this, he brought Jesus back outside. Then he seated himself in the public-court area called the Stone Pavement (GabBatha in Hebrew)… 14 it was about the sixth hour of the day of preparation for the Passover. And [Pilate] said to the Judeans: 'See; Your King!'

15 However, they shouted: 'Hang him up! Hang him up! Impale him!'

Then Pilate asked, 'Should I hang your king on a pole?'

And the Chief Priests answered: 'We have no king but Caesar!'

16 So at that, he handed [Jesus] over to them to be impaled. Then they took Jesus away, 17 bearing his own pole, out to the spot called Skull Place (GolGotha in Hebrew). 18 There they impaled him along with two other men, one on this side and one on the other, with Jesus in the middle.

19 Pilate also wrote a sign that he put on the pole, which said: 'Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.' 20 And as the result, many of the Judeans read this title (because the place where Jesus was impaled was close to the city); for it was written in Hebrew, Latin, and Greek. 21 However, the Judean Chief Priests told Pilate: 'Don't write The King of the Jews, but, He said that he's the King of the Jews.'

22 However Pilate told them: 'What I wrote is what I have written.'

23 Well, when the soldiers impaled Jesus, they took his robe and tore it into four sections, so each soldier could have a piece. But his long inner shirt was woven without a seam from top to bottom. 24 So they said to each other: 'Let's not tear it; we'll throw dice to see who gets it.' This happened so that the scripture might be fulfilled, 'They divided my robe among themselves and threw dice over my clothes.' And the soldiers really did these things.

25 Well, standing there by the impaling pole of Jesus was his mother, his mother's sister Mary (the wife of Cleopas), and Mary of Magdala. 26 So when Jesus saw his mother and the disciple he loved standing there, he said to his mother: 'Look, woman; Your son!' 27 Then he said to the disciple: 'Look; Your mother!' And from that day on, the disciple took her into his home.

28 Then later, when Jesus realized that everything had been completed (so the Scriptures could be fulfilled), he said, 'I'm thirsty.'

29 Well, they had a full jar of vinegar, so they put a sponge filled with the vinegar on a stalk and held it up to his mouth. 30 And when he received the vinegar, Jesus said: 'It's finished!' Then he hung his head and gave up the breath (gr. to pneuma).

31 Then, since it was Preparation and so that the bodies wouldn't hang on a pole over the Sabbath (because that was a Great Sabbath), the Judeans asked Pilate to have the men's legs broken and their bodies taken away. 32 So the soldiers came and broke the legs of both men who had been impaled with Jesus. 33 But when they got to Jesus, they saw that he was already dead, so they didn't break his legs. 34 However, one of the soldiers jabbed his side with a spear, at which blood and water poured out.

35 Now, the one who saw this is a witness to the facts and is offering this as a true testimony. He knows that he's telling the truth, and you can believe it! 36 It's a fact that these things happened so the scripture could be fulfilled, 'Not a bone of his will be crushed.' 37 And another scripture says, 'They will look to the one whom they pierced.'

38 Well after that, JoSeph from HariMathea (he was a secret disciple of Jesus, because he was afraid of the Judeans) asked Pilate if he could take Jesus' body away, and Pilate gave him permission. So he went and took the body down.

39 Then NicoDemos (the man who had come to him at night the first time) arrived with a roll of myrrh and about a hundred pounds of aloes. 40 So they took Jesus' body and bound it up with wrappings and spices (that's how the Judeans customarily prepare bodies for burial). 41 Then, because it was close to the place where he was impaled, they laid Jesus in a new unused tomb that was in a garden, 42 since this tomb was nearby, and it was the Jewish day of Preparation.

Chapter 20

1 Then on the first day of the week (Sunday), Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early while it was still dark, and she noticed that the stone had already been moved away. 2 So she ran to Simon Peter and the other disciple (the one whom Jesus cared for) and told them: 'They've taken the Lord out of the tomb and we don't know where they've put him!'

3 Then Peter and the other disciple went to the tomb… 4 the two started running together, but the other disciple out-ran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 And bending over, he saw the wrappings lying there, but he didn't go inside.

6 Then Simon Peter came following him, and he went into the tomb. There he saw the wrappings just lying there, 7 but the cloth that had been on his head wasn't with the wrappings… it was rolled up and laid in another spot. 8 Then the other disciple (the one who had reached the tomb first) also went in… and he saw… and he believed.

9 However, since they still didn't understand the scripture that spoke of how [Jesus] was to be resurrected from the dead, 10 they just returned to the [place where they were staying].

11 Meanwhile, Mary was standing outside the tomb crying. Then, as she was crying, she stooped over to look inside the tomb, 12 and she saw two [of God's] messengers dressed in white; one was sitting at the head and the other at the feet of where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 And they asked her: 'Woman; why are you crying?'

And she replied: 'They've taken my Lord away and I don't know where they've laid him.'

14 Then she turned around and saw Jesus standing there (but she didn't recognize [him]). 15 And Jesus asked: 'Woman; why are you crying… who is it that you're looking for?'

And she, thinking that he was the caretaker, said: 'Lord, if you've carried him off, tell me where you've laid him and I'll take him away.'

16 Then Jesus said: 'Mary!' And when she turned around, she said to him in Hebrew, 'Rabboni (My Teacher)!'

17 And Jesus said to her: 'Don't cling to me, because I haven't ascended to the Father yet. But go to my brothers and tell them that I'm ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.'

18 Well at this, Mary of Magdala went and carried the news to the disciples saying, 'I have seen the Lord!' And [then she told them] what he said.

19 So late that evening, although the doors were locked at the place where the disciples were (for fear of the Judeans), Jesus came and stood in their midst and said, 'May you have peace.' 20 Then after he said this, he showed them his hands and his side, and the disciples rejoiced at seeing the Lord. 21 And once again Jesus said, 'May you have peace.' Then he continued, 'In the same way that the Father sent me, I am now sending you.' 22 And after he said this, he blew on them, saying, 'Receive the Holy Breath. 23 From now on, if you forgive anyone's sins, they will remain forgiven. But if you don't forgive their sins, they won't be forgiven.'

24 However, Thomas (one of the twelve, who was called the Twin) wasn't with them when Jesus came. 25 So when the other disciples told him, 'We have seen the Lord,' he said, 'I won't believe it unless I see the print of the nails in his hands and stick my finger in them, and stick my hand into his side!'

26 Well, eight days later, his disciples were gathered inside… and this time Thomas was with them. Then Jesus came again and stood in their midst (although the doors were locked) and he said, 'May you have peace.' 27 And he said to Thomas: 'Now, put your finger here… and look at my hands, then take your hand and stick it into my side… stop doubting and start believing!'

28 Well at that, Thomas said: 'My Lord and my God!'

29 And Jesus said: 'Do you believe because you've seen me? It's those who haven't seen and still believe that are blest.'

30 Well, it's a fact that Jesus performed many other signs before his disciples, which I haven't written about in this scroll. 31 However, I've written these things so you can believe that Jesus is the Anointed One, the Son of God… and that by believing, you may also gain life through his name.

Chapter 21

1 Well after that, Jesus showed himself to the disciples again at the Sea of Tiberius, and this is how he did it: 2 There was Simon (Peter), Thomas (the Twin), NathaniEl ([BarTholomew]) from Cana of Galilee, the sons of ZebediOu, and two other disciples; 3 for Simon Peter had told them that he was going fishing, and they told him that they wanted to come along. So they all went out and got into the boat. However, they didn't catch anything all night long.

4 Then, just as it was starting to get light, there was Jesus standing on the beach… but the disciples didn't recognize him. 5 And Jesus shouted, 'Children; You don't have anything to eat, do you?'

And they answered, 'No!'

6 So he said, 'Cast your net on the right side of the boat and you'll find some!'

Then they threw the net out, but they weren't able to bring it back in, because there were too many fish. 7 And at that, the disciple whom Jesus used to love said to Peter: 'It's the Lord!'

And when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he slipped on his robe (because he was naked) and dove into the sea. 8 However, the rest of the disciples followed him in on the boat, dragging along their net full of fish, because they weren't very far from land (only about three hundred feet). 9 And when they reached the shore, they noticed a charcoal fire with fish and bread lying on it. 10 Then Jesus said: 'Bring some of those fish you just caught.'

11 So Simon Peter pulled the net to land, and he found it was filled with a hundred and fifty-three large fish. But despite the fact that there were so many, the net didn't rip.

12 Then Jesus said: 'Come and get your breakfast.' However, none of the disciples had enough courage to ask him who he was, because they knew it was the Lord. 13 So Jesus went over and handed each of them some bread and some fish 14 (this was the third time that Jesus appeared to the disciples after he had been raised from the dead).

15 Well, following breakfast, Jesus said to Simon Peter: 'Simon, son of Jonah; Do you love me more than these [fish]?'

And he replied, 'Yes Lord; You know how much I care for you!'

Then [Jesus] said, 'Feed my lambs!'

16 A second time [Jesus] asked, 'Simon, son of Jonah; Do you love me?'

And he said, 'Yes Lord, you know how much I care for you!'

And he said, 'Shepherd my sheep!'

17 Then he asked a third time: 'Simon, son of Jonah; Do you care for me?'

Well, Peter was hurt when he asked the third time, 'Do you care for me?' So he said, 'Lord, you know everything… and you know how much I care for you!'

Then Jesus said to him: 'Feed my sheep!'

18 'I tell you the truth; When you were young, you used to wrap your clothes around you and walk wherever you wished. But when you grow old, you will stretch out your hands and someone else will wrap you up and take you where you don't wish to go' 19 (he said this to show [Peter] the type of death he would [die, to] glorify God). And after that, he said, 'Keep on following me!'

20 Well, when he turned around, Peter saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following them (the one who had leaned back on [Jesus'] chest after supper and asked him, 'Lord, who will betray you?'). 21 And upon seeing him, Peter asked Jesus: 'Lord, what about him?'

22 And Jesus answered: 'If I want him to remain until I return, what is that to you? You just keep on following me!' 23 But because of that, word was spread among the brothers that this disciple wouldn't die. However, Jesus didn't say that he wouldn't die, he just said, 'If I want him to remain until I return, what is that to you?'

24 This is the same disciple who is now testifying and writing about these things, and you should know that the testimony he is providing is the truth.

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