11:15 and I am glad 1 for your sake that I was not there, so that you may believe. 2 But let us go to him.”
11:42 I knew that you always listen to me, 3 but I said this 4 for the sake of the crowd standing around here, that they may believe that you sent me.”
1 tn Grk “and I rejoice.”
2 sn So that you may believe. Why does Jesus make this statement? It seems necessary to understand the disciples’ belief here in a developmental sense, because there are numerous references to the disciples’ faith previous to this in John’s Gospel, notably 2:11. Their concept of who Jesus really was is continually being expanded and challenged; they are undergoing spiritual growth; the climax is reached in the confession of Thomas in John 20:28.
3 tn Grk “that you always hear me.”
4 tn The word “this” is not in the Greek text. Direct objects in Greek were often omitted when clear from the context.