Daily Bible Reading
Today's reading: John 10-12
Look for the promises in God’s word. As you read and find them, write them in your journal along with the scripture reference.
Jesus as the Good Shepherd
1. “I tell you the solemn truth, the one who does not enter the sheepfold by the door, 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 opens the door for him, and the sheep hear his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.
4. When he has brought all his own sheep out, he goes ahead of them, and the sheep follow him because they recognize his voice.
5. They will never follow a stranger, but will run away from him, because they do not recognize the stranger’s voice.”
6. Jesus told them this parable, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.
7. So Jesus said to them again, “I tell you the solemn truth, I am the door for the sheep.
8. All who came before me were thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them.
9. I am the door. If anyone enters through me, he will be saved, and will come in and go out, and find pasture.
10. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come so that they may have life, and may have it abundantly.
11. “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
12. The hired hand, who is not a shepherd and does not own sheep, sees the wolf coming and abandons the sheep and runs away. So the wolf attacks the sheep and scatters them.
13. Because he is a hired hand and is not concerned about the sheep, he runs away.
14. “I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me –
15. just as the Father knows me and I know the Father – and I lay down my life for the sheep.
16. I have other sheep that do not come from this sheepfold. I must bring them too, and they will listen to my voice, so that there will be one flock and one shepherd.
17. This is why the Father loves me – because I lay down my life, so that I may take it back again.
18. No one takes it away from me, but I lay it down of my own free will. I have the authority to lay it down, and I have the authority to take it back again. This commandment I received from my Father.”
19. Another sharp division took place among the Jewish people because of these words.
20. Many of them were saying, “He is possessed by a demon and has lost his mind! Why do you listen to him?”
21. Others said, “These are not the words of someone possessed by a demon. A demon cannot cause the blind to see, can it?”
Jesus at the Feast of Dedication
22. Then came the feast of the Dedication in Jerusalem.
23. It was winter, and Jesus was walking in the temple area in Solomon’s Portico.
24. The Jewish leaders surrounded him and asked, “How long will you keep us in suspense? If you are the Christ, tell us plainly.”
25. Jesus replied, “I told you and you do not believe. The deeds 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 them eternal life, and they will never perish; no one will snatch them from my hand.
29. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one can snatch them from my Father’s hand.
30. The Father and I are one.”
31. The Jewish leaders picked up rocks again to stone him to death.
32. Jesus said to them, “I have shown you many good deeds from the Father. For which one of them are you going to stone me?”
33. The Jewish leaders replied, “We are not going to stone you for a good deed but for blasphemy, because you, a man, are claiming to be God.”
34. Jesus answered, “Is it not written in your law, ‘I said, you are gods’?
35. If those people to whom the word of God came were called ‘gods’ (and the scripture cannot be broken),
36. do you say about the one whom the Father set apart and sent into the world, ‘You are blaspheming,’ because I said, ‘I am the Son of God’?
37. If I do not perform the deeds of my Father, do not believe me.
38. But if I do them, even if you do not believe me, believe the deeds, so that you may come to know and understand that I am in the Father and the Father is in me.”
39. Then they attempted again to seize him, but he escaped their clutches.
40. Jesus went back across the Jordan River again to the place where John had been baptizing at an earlier time, and he stayed there.
41. Many came to him and began to say, “John performed no miraculous sign, but everything John said about this man was true!”
42. And many believed in Jesus there.
The Death of Lazarus
1. Now a certain man named Lazarus was sick. He was from Bethany, the village where Mary and her sister Martha lived.
2. (Now it was Mary who anointed the Lord with perfumed oil and wiped his feet dry with her hair, whose brother Lazarus was sick.)
3. So the sisters sent a message to Jesus, “Lord, look, the one you love is sick.”
4. When Jesus heard this, he said, “This sickness will not lead to death, but to God’s glory, so that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”
5. (Now Jesus loved Martha and her sister and Lazarus.)
6. So when he heard that Lazarus 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.”
8. The disciples replied, “Rabbi, the Jewish leaders were just now trying to stone you to death! Are you going there again?”
9. Jesus replied, “Are there not twelve hours in a day? If anyone walks around in the daytime, he does not stumble, because he sees the light of this world.
10. But if anyone walks around at night, he stumbles, because the light is not in him.”
11. After he said this, he added, “Our friend Lazarus has fallen asleep. But I am going there to awaken him.”
12. Then the disciples replied, “Lord, if he has fallen asleep, he will recover.”
13. (Now Jesus had been talking about his death, but they thought he had been talking about real sleep.)
14. Then Jesus told them plainly, “Lazarus has died,
15. and I am glad for your sake that I was not there, so that you may believe. But let us go to him.”
16. So Thomas (called Didymus) said to his fellow disciples, “Let us go too, so that we may die with him.”
Speaking with Martha and Mary
17. When Jesus arrived, he found that Lazarus had been in the tomb four days already.
18. (Now Bethany was less than two miles from Jerusalem,
19. so many of the Jewish people of the region had come to Martha and Mary to console them over the loss of their brother.)
20. So when Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary was sitting in the house.
21. Martha 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 you.”
23. Jesus replied, “Your brother will come back to life again.”
24. Martha said, “I know that he will come back to life again 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 even if he dies,
26. and the one who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”
27. She replied, “Yes, Lord, I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God who comes into the world.”
28. And when she had said this, Martha went and called her sister Mary, saying privately, “The Teacher is here and is asking for you.”
29. So when Mary 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 who were with Mary in the house consoling her saw her get up quickly and go out. They followed her, because they thought she was going to the tomb to weep 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 who had come with her weeping, he was intensely moved in spirit and greatly distressed.
34. He asked, “Where have you laid him?” They replied, “Lord, come and see.”
35. Jesus wept.
36. Thus the people who had come to mourn said, “Look how much he loved him!”
37. But some of them said, “This is the man who caused the blind man to see! Couldn’t he have done something to keep Lazarus from dying?”
Lazarus Raised from the Dead
38. Jesus, intensely moved again, came to the tomb. (Now it was a cave, and a stone was placed across it.)
39. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the deceased, replied, “Lord, by this time the body will have a bad smell, because he has been buried four days.”
40. Jesus responded, “Didn’t I tell you that if you believe, you would see the glory of God?”
41. So they took away the stone. Jesus looked upward and said, “Father, I thank you that you have listened to me.
42. I knew that you always listen to me, but I said this for the sake of the crowd standing around here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
43. When he had said this, he shouted in a loud voice, “Lazarus, come out!”
44. The one who had died came out, his feet and hands tied up with strips of cloth, and a cloth wrapped around his face. Jesus said to them, “Unwrap him and let him go.”
The Response of the Jewish Leaders
45. Then many of the people, who had come with Mary and had seen the things Jesus did, believed in him.
46. But some of them went to the Pharisees and reported to them what Jesus had done.
47. So the chief priests and the Pharisees called the council 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, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away our sanctuary and our nation.”
49. Then one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said, “You know nothing at all!
50. You do not realize that it is more to your advantage to have one man die for the people than for the whole nation to perish.”
51. (Now he did not say this on his own, but because he was high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the Jewish nation,
52. and not for the Jewish nation only, but to gather together into one the children of God who are scattered.)
53. So from that day they planned together to kill him.
54. Thus Jesus no longer went around publicly among the Judeans, but went away from there to the region near the wilderness, to a town called Ephraim, and stayed there with his disciples.
55. Now the Jewish feast of Passover was near, and many people went up to Jerusalem from the rural areas before the Passover to cleanse themselves ritually.
56. Thus they were looking for Jesus, and saying to one another as they stood in the temple courts, “What do you think? That he won’t come to the feast?”
57. (Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who knew where Jesus was should report it, so that they could arrest him.)
1. Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom he had raised from the dead.
2. So they prepared a dinner for Jesus there. Martha was serving, and Lazarus was among those present at the table with him.
3. Then Mary took three quarters of a pound of expensive aromatic oil from pure nard and anointed the feet of Jesus. She then wiped his feet dry with her hair. (Now the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfumed oil.)
4. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was going to betray him) said,
5. “Why wasn’t this oil sold for three hundred silver coins and the money given to the poor?”
6. (Now Judas said this not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief. As keeper of the money box, he used to steal what was put into it.)
7. So Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She has kept it for the day of my burial.
8. For you will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me!”
9. Now a large crowd of Judeans learned that Jesus was there, and so they came not only because of him but also to see Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead.
10. So the chief priests planned to kill Lazarus too,
11. for on account of him many of the Jewish people from Jerusalem were going away and believing in Jesus.
The Triumphal Entry
12. The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.
13. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him. They began to shout, “Hosanna! Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!”
14. Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written,
15. “Do not be afraid, people of Zion; look, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt!”
16. (His disciples did not understand these things when they first happened, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about him and that these things had happened to him.)
17. So the crowd who had been with him when he called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead were continuing to testify about it.
18. Because they had heard that Jesus had performed this miraculous sign, the crowd went out to meet him.
19. Thus the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you can do nothing. Look, the world has run off after him!”
20. Now some Greeks were among those who had gone up to worship at the feast.
21. So these approached Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee, and requested, “Sir, we would like to see Jesus.”
22. Philip went and told Andrew, and they both went and told Jesus.
23. Jesus replied, “The time has come for the Son of Man to be glorified.
24. I tell you the solemn truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains by itself alone. But if it dies, it produces much grain.
25. The one who loves his life destroys it, and the one who hates his life in this world guards it for eternal life.
26. If anyone wants to serve me, he must follow me, and where I am, my servant will be too. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him.
27. “Now my soul is greatly distressed. And what should I say? ‘Father, deliver me from this hour’? No, but for this very reason I have come to this hour.
28. Father, glorify your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”
29. The crowd that stood there and heard the voice said that it had thundered. Others said that an angel had spoken to him.
30. Jesus said, “This voice has not come for my benefit but for yours.
31. Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be driven out.
32. And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”
33. (Now he said this to indicate clearly what kind of death he was going to die.)
34. Then the crowd responded, “We have heard from the law that the Christ will remain forever. How can you say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?”
35. Jesus replied, “The light is with you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, so that the darkness may not overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going.
36. While you have the light, believe in the light, so that you may become sons of light.” When Jesus had said these things, he went away and hid himself from them.
The Outcome of Jesus’ Public Ministry Foretold
37. Although Jesus had performed so many miraculous signs before them, they still refused to believe in him,
38. so that the word of Isaiah the prophet would be fulfilled. He said, “Lord, who has believed our message, and to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?”
39. For this reason they could not believe, because again Isaiah said,
40. “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, so that they would not see with their eyes and understand with their heart, and turn to me, and I would heal them.”
41. Isaiah said these things because he saw Christ’s glory, and spoke about him.
42. Nevertheless, even among the rulers many believed in him, but because of the Pharisees they would not confess Jesus to be the Christ, so that they would not be put out of the synagogue.
43. For they loved praise from men more than praise from God.
Jesus’ Final Public Words
44. But Jesus shouted out, “The one who believes in me does not believe in me, but in the one who sent me,
45. and the one who sees me sees the one who sent me.
46. I have come as a light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in darkness.
47. If anyone hears my words and does not obey them, I do not judge him. For I have not come to judge the world, but to save the world.
48. The one who rejects me and does not accept my words has a judge; the word I have spoken will judge him at the last day.
49. For I have not spoken from my own authority, but the Father himself who sent me has commanded me what I should say and what I should speak.
50. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. Thus the things I say, I say just as the Father has told me.”