Healing a Man Born Blind
9 Now as Jesus was passing by, 1 he saw a man who had been blind from birth. 2 His disciples asked him, 2 “Rabbi, who committed the sin that caused him to be born blind, this man 3 or his parents?” 4 3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man 5 nor his parents sinned, but he was born blind so that 6 the acts 7 of God may be revealed 8 through what happens to him. 9 4 We must perform the deeds 10 of the one who sent me 11 as long as 12 it is daytime. Night is coming when no one can work. 5 As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” 13 6 Having said this, 14 he spat on the ground and made some mud 15 with the saliva. He 16 smeared the mud on the blind man’s 17 eyes 7 and said to him, “Go wash in the pool of Siloam” 18 (which is translated “sent”). 19 So the blind man 20 went away and washed, and came back seeing.
8 Then the neighbors and the people who had seen him previously 21 as a beggar began saying, 22 “Is this not the man 23 who used to sit and beg?” 9 Some people said, 24 “This is the man!” 25 while others said, “No, but he looks like him.” 26 The man himself 27 kept insisting, “I am the one!” 28 10 So they asked him, 29 “How then were you made to see?” 30 11 He replied, 31 “The man called Jesus made mud, 32 smeared it 33 on my eyes and told me, 34 ‘Go to Siloam and wash.’ So I went and washed, and was able to see.” 35 12 They said 36 to him, “Where is that man?” 37 He replied, 38 “I don’t know.”
The Pharisees’ Reaction to the Healing
13 They brought the man who used to be blind 39 to the Pharisees. 40 14 (Now the day on which Jesus made the mud 41 and caused him to see 42 was a Sabbath.) 43 15 So the Pharisees asked him again how he had gained his sight. 44 He replied, 45 “He put mud 46 on my eyes and I washed, and now 47 I am able to see.”
16 Then some of the Pharisees began to say, 48 “This man is not from God, because he does not observe 49 the Sabbath.” 50 But others said, “How can a man who is a sinner perform 51 such miraculous signs?” Thus there was a division 52 among them. 17 So again they asked the man who used to be blind, 53 “What do you say about him, since he caused you to see?” 54 “He is a prophet,” the man replied. 55
18 Now the Jewish religious leaders 56 refused to believe 57 that he had really been blind and had gained his sight until at last they summoned 58 the parents of the man who had become able to see. 59 19 They asked the parents, 60 “Is this your son, whom you say 61 was born blind? Then how does he now see?” 20 So his parents replied, 62 “We know that this is our son and that he was born blind. 21 But we do not know how he is now able to see, nor do we know who caused him to see. 63 Ask him, he is a mature adult. 64 He will speak for himself.” 22 (His parents said these things because they were afraid of the Jewish religious leaders. 65 For the Jewish leaders had already agreed that anyone who confessed Jesus 66 to be the Christ 67 would be put out 68 of the synagogue. 69 23 For this reason his parents said, “He is a mature adult, 70 ask him.”) 71
24 Then they summoned 72 the man who used to be blind 73 a second time and said to him, “Promise before God to tell the truth. 74 We know that this man 75 is a sinner.” 25 He replied, 76 “I do not know whether he is a sinner. I do know one thing – that although I was blind, now I can see.” 26 Then they said to him, “What did he do to you? How did he cause you to see?” 77 27 He answered, 78 “I told you already and you didn’t listen. 79 Why do you want to hear it 80 again? You people 81 don’t want to become his disciples too, do you?”
28 They 82 heaped insults 83 on him, saying, 84 “You are his disciple! 85 We are disciples of Moses! 29 We know that God has spoken to Moses! We do not know where this man 86 comes from!” 30 The man replied, 87 “This is a remarkable thing, 88 that you don’t know where he comes from, and yet he caused me to see! 89 31 We know that God doesn’t listen to 90 sinners, but if anyone is devout 91 and does his will, God 92 listens to 93 him. 94 32 Never before 95 has anyone heard of someone causing a man born blind to see. 96 33 If this man 97 were not from God, he could do nothing.” 34 They replied, 98 “You were born completely in sinfulness, 99 and yet you presume to teach us?” 100 So they threw him out.
The Man’s Response to Jesus
35 Jesus heard that they had thrown him out, so he found the man 101 and said to him, “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” 102 36 The man 103 replied, 104 “And who is he, sir, that 105 I may believe in him?” 37 Jesus told him, “You have seen him; he 106 is the one speaking with you.” 107 38 [He said, “Lord, I believe,” and he worshiped him. 108 39 Jesus 109 said,] 110 “For judgment I have come into this world, so that those who do not see may gain their sight, 111 and the ones who see may become blind.”
40 Some of the Pharisees 112 who were with him heard this 113 and asked him, 114 “We are not blind too, are we?” 115 41 Jesus replied, 116 “If you were blind, you would not be guilty of sin, 117 but now because you claim that you can see, 118 your guilt 119 remains.” 120
Jesus as the Good Shepherd
10 “I tell you the solemn truth, 1 the one who does not enter the sheepfold 2 by the door, 3 but climbs in some other way, is a thief and a robber. 2 The one who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. 3 The doorkeeper 4 opens the door 5 for him, 6 and the sheep hear his voice. He 7 calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. 8 4 When he has brought all his own sheep 9 out, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they recognize 10 his voice. 5 They will never follow a stranger, 11 but will run away from him, because they do not recognize 12 the stranger’s voice.” 13 6 Jesus told them this parable, 14 but they 15 did not understand 16 what he was saying to them.
7 So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth, 17 I am the door for the sheep. 18 8 All who came before me were 19 thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. 20 9 I am the door. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, 21 and find pasture. 22 10 The thief comes only to steal and kill 23 and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly. 24
11 “I am the good 25 shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life 26 for the sheep. 12 The hired hand, 27 who is not a shepherd and does not own sheep, sees the wolf coming and abandons 28 the sheep and runs away. 29 So the wolf attacks 30 the sheep and scatters them. 13 Because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep, 31 he runs away. 32
14 “I am the good shepherd. I 33 know my own 34 and my own know me – 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life 35 for 36 the sheep. 16 I have 37 other sheep that do not come from 38 this sheepfold. 39 I must bring them too, and they will listen to my voice, 40 so that 41 there will be one flock and 42 one shepherd. 17 This is why the Father loves me 43 – because I lay down my life, 44 so that I may take it back again. 18 No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down 45 of my own free will. 46 I have the authority 47 to lay it down, and I have the authority 48 to take it back again. This commandment 49 I received from my Father.”
19 Another sharp division took place among the Jewish people 50 because of these words. 20 Many of them were saying, “He is possessed by a demon and has lost his mind! 51 Why do you listen to him?” 21 Others said, “These are not the words 52 of someone possessed by a demon. A demon cannot cause the blind to see, 53 can it?” 54
Jesus at the Feast of Dedication
22 Then came the feast of the Dedication 55 in Jerusalem. 56 23 It was winter, 57 and Jesus was walking in the temple area 58 in Solomon’s Portico. 59 24 The Jewish leaders 60 surrounded him and asked, 61 “How long will you keep us in suspense? 62 If you are the Christ, 63 tell us plainly.” 64 25 Jesus replied, 65 “I told you and you do not believe. The deeds 66 I do in my Father’s name testify about me. 26 But you refuse to believe because you are not my sheep. 27 My sheep listen to my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. 28 I give 67 them eternal life, and they will never perish; 68 no one will snatch 69 them from my hand. 29 My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, 70 and no one can snatch 71 them from my Father’s hand. 30 The Father and I 72 are one.” 73
31 The Jewish leaders 74 picked up rocks again to stone him to death. 32 Jesus said to them, 75 “I have shown you many good deeds 76 from the Father. For which one of them are you going to stone me?” 33 The Jewish leaders 77 replied, 78 “We are not going to stone you for a good deed 79 but for blasphemy, 80 because 81 you, a man, are claiming to be God.” 82
34 Jesus answered, 83 “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’? 84 35 If those people to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods’ (and the scripture cannot be broken), 85 36 do you say about the one whom the Father set apart 86 and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’? 37 If I do not perform 87 the deeds 88 of my Father, do not believe me. 38 But if I do them, even if you do not believe me, believe the deeds, 89 so that you may come to know 90 and understand that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.” 39 Then 91 they attempted 92 again to seize him, but he escaped their clutches. 93
40 Jesus 94 went back across the Jordan River 95 again to the place where John 96 had been baptizing at an earlier time, 97 and he stayed there. 41 Many 98 came to him and began to say, “John 99 performed 100 no miraculous sign, but everything John said about this man 101 was true!” 42 And many believed in Jesus 102 there.
The Death of Lazarus
11 Now a certain man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village where Mary and her sister Martha lived. 1 2 (Now it was Mary who anointed the Lord with perfumed oil 2 and wiped his feet dry with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.) 3 3 So the sisters sent a message 4 to Jesus, 5 “Lord, look, the one you love is sick.” 4 When Jesus heard this, he said, “This sickness will not lead to death, 6 but to God’s glory, 7 so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” 8 5 (Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.) 9
6 So when he heard that Lazarus 10 was sick, he remained in the place where he was for two more days. 7 Then after this, he said to his disciples, “Let us go to Judea again.” 11 8 The disciples replied, 12 “Rabbi, the Jewish leaders 13 were just now trying 14 to stone you to death! Are 15 you going there again?” 9 Jesus replied, 16 “Are there not twelve hours in a day? If anyone walks around in the daytime, he does not stumble, 17 because he sees the light of this world. 18 10 But if anyone walks around at night, 19 he stumbles, 20 because the light is not in him.”
11 After he said this, he added, 21 “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep. 22 But I am going there to awaken him.” 12 Then the disciples replied, 23 “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.” 13 (Now Jesus had been talking about 24 his death, but they 25 thought he had been talking about real sleep.) 26
14 Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died, 15 and I am glad 27 for your sake that I was not there, so that you may believe. 28 But let us go to him.” 16 So Thomas (called Didymus 29 ) 30 said to his fellow disciples, “Let us go too, so that we may die with him.” 31
Speaking with Martha and Mary
17 When 32 Jesus arrived, 33 he found that Lazarus 34 had been in the tomb four days already. 35 18 (Now Bethany was less than two miles 36 from Jerusalem, 37 19 so many of the Jewish people of the region 38 had come to Martha and Mary to console them 39 over the loss of their brother.) 40 20 So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary was sitting in the house. 41 21 Martha 42 said to Jesus, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. 22 But even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will grant 43 you.” 44
23 Jesus replied, 45 “Your brother will come back to life again.” 46 24 Martha said, 47 “I know that he will come back to life again 48 in the resurrection at the last day.” 25 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live 49 even if he dies, 26 and the one who lives and believes in me will never die. 50 Do you believe this?” 27 She replied, 51 “Yes, Lord, I believe 52 that you are the Christ, 53 the Son of God who comes into the world.” 54
28 And when she had said this, Martha 55 went and called her sister Mary, saying privately, 56 “The Teacher is here and is asking for you.” 57 29 So when Mary 58 heard this, she got up quickly and went to him. 30 (Now Jesus had not yet entered the village, but was still in the place where Martha had come out to meet him.) 31 Then the people 59 who were with Mary 60 in the house consoling her saw her 61 get up quickly and go out. They followed her, because they thought she was going to the tomb to weep 62 there.
32 Now when Mary came to the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said to him, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” 33 When Jesus saw her weeping, and the people 63 who had come with her weeping, he was intensely moved 64 in spirit and greatly distressed. 65 34 He asked, 66 “Where have you laid him?” 67 They replied, 68 “Lord, come and see.” 35 Jesus wept. 69 36 Thus the people who had come to mourn 70 said, “Look how much he loved him!” 37 But some of them said, “This is the man who caused the blind man to see! 71 Couldn’t he have done something to keep Lazarus 72 from dying?”
Lazarus Raised from the Dead
38 Jesus, intensely moved 73 again, came to the tomb. (Now it was a cave, and a stone was placed across it.) 74 39 Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” 75 Martha, the sister of the deceased, 76 replied, “Lord, by this time the body will have a bad smell, 77 because he has been buried 78 four days.” 79 40 Jesus responded, 80 “Didn’t I tell you that if you believe, you would see the glory of God?” 41 So they took away 81 the stone. Jesus looked upward 82 and said, “Father, I thank you that you have listened to me. 83 42 I knew that you always listen to me, 84 but I said this 85 for the sake of the crowd standing around here, that they may believe that you sent me.” 43 When 86 he had said this, he shouted in a loud voice, 87 “Lazarus, come out!” 44 The one who had died came out, his feet and hands tied up with strips of cloth, 88 and a cloth wrapped around his face. 89 Jesus said to them, “Unwrap him 90 and let him go.”
The Response of the Jewish Leaders
45 Then many of the people, 91 who had come with Mary and had seen the things Jesus 92 did, believed in him. 46 But some of them went to the Pharisees 93 and reported to them 94 what Jesus had done. 47 So the chief priests and the Pharisees 95 called the council 96 together and said, “What are we doing? For this man is performing many miraculous signs. 48 If we allow him to go on in this way, 97 everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away our sanctuary 98 and our nation.”
49 Then one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said, 99 “You know nothing at all! 50 You do not realize 100 that it is more to your advantage to have one man 101 die for the people than for the whole nation to perish.” 102 51 (Now he did not say this on his own, 103 but because he was high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the Jewish nation, 104 52 and not for the Jewish nation 105 only, 106 but to gather together 107 into one the children of God who are scattered.) 108 53 So from that day they planned together to kill him.
54 Thus Jesus no longer went 109 around publicly 110 among the Judeans, 111 but went away from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, 112 and stayed there with his disciples. 55 Now the Jewish feast of Passover 113 was near, and many people went up to Jerusalem 114 from the rural areas before the Passover to cleanse themselves ritually. 115 56 Thus they were looking for Jesus, 116 and saying to one another as they stood in the temple courts, 117 “What do you think? That he won’t come to the feast?” 57 (Now the chief priests and the Pharisees 118 had given orders that anyone who knew where Jesus 119 was should report it, so that they could arrest 120 him.) 121