40 Jesus responded, "Didn't I tell you that you will see God's glory if you believe?"
41 So they rolled the stone aside. Then Jesus looked up to heaven and said, "Father, thank you for hearing me.
42 You always hear me, but I said it out loud for the sake of all these people standing here, so they will believe you sent me."
43 Then Jesus shouted, "Lazarus, come out!"
44 And Lazarus came out, bound in graveclothes, his face wrapped in a headcloth. Jesus told them, "Unwrap him and let him go!"
45 Many of the people who were with Mary believed in Jesus when they saw this happen.
46 But some went to the Pharisees and told them what Jesus had done.
47 Then the leading priests and Pharisees called the high council* together to discuss the situation. "What are we going to do?" they asked each other. "This man certainly performs many miraculous signs.1
48 If we leave him alone, the whole nation will follow him, and then the Roman army will come and destroy both our Temple and our nation."
49 And one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said, "How can you be so stupid?
50 Why should the whole nation be destroyed? Let this one man die for the people."
51 This prophecy that Jesus should die for the entire nation came from Caiaphas in his position as high priest. He didn't think of it himself; he was inspired to say it.
52 It was a prediction that Jesus' death would be not for Israel only, but for the gathering together of all the children of God scattered around the world.
53 So from that time on the Jewish leaders began to plot Jesus' death.
54 As a result, Jesus stopped his public ministry among the people and left Jerusalem. He went to a place near the wilderness, to the village of Ephraim, and stayed there with his disciples.
55 It was now almost time for the celebration of Passover, and many people from the country arrived in Jerusalem several days early so they could go through the cleansing ceremony before the Passover began.
56 They wanted to see Jesus, and as they talked in the Temple, they asked each other, "What do you think? Will he come for the Passover?"
57 Meanwhile, the leading priests and Pharisees had publicly announced that anyone seeing Jesus must report him immediately so they could arrest him.
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