Bible: John 11:55-12:11

11:55 Now the Jewish feast of Passover 1  was near, and many people went up to Jerusalem 2  from the rural areas before the Passover to cleanse themselves ritually. 3  11:56 Thus they were looking for Jesus, 4  and saying to one another as they stood in the temple courts, 5 What do you think? That he won’t come to the feast? 11:57 (Now the chief priests and the Pharisees 6  had given orders that anyone who knew where Jesus 7  was should report it, so that they could arrest 8  him.) 9 

Jesus’ Anointing

12:1 Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom he 10  had raised from the dead. 12:2 So they prepared a dinner for Jesus 11  there. Martha 12  was serving, and Lazarus was among those present at the table 13  with him. 12:3 Then Mary took three quarters of a pound 14  of expensive aromatic oil from pure nard 15  and anointed the feet of Jesus. She 16  then wiped his feet dry with her hair. (Now the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfumed oil.) 17  12:4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was going to betray him) 18  said, 12:5 Why wasn’t this oil sold for three hundred silver coins 19  and the money 20  given to the poor? 12:6 (Now Judas 21  said this not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief. As keeper of the money box, 22  he used to steal what was put into it.) 23  12:7 So Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She has kept it for the day of my burial. 24  12:8 For you will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me! 25 

12:9 Now a large crowd of Judeans 26  learned 27  that Jesus 28  was there, and so they came not only because of him 29  but also to see Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead. 12:10 So the chief priests planned to kill Lazarus too, 30  12:11 for on account of him many of the Jewish people from Jerusalem 31  were going away and believing in Jesus.

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