Bible: John 12:1-19

Jesus’ Anointing

12:1 Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom he 1  had raised from the dead. 12:2 So they prepared a dinner for Jesus 2  there. Martha 3  was serving, and Lazarus was among those present at the table 4  with him. 12:3 Then Mary took three quarters of a pound 5  of expensive aromatic oil from pure nard 6  and anointed the feet of Jesus. She 7  then wiped his feet dry with her hair. (Now the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfumed oil.) 8  12:4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (the one who was going to betray him) 9  said, 12:5 Why wasn’t this oil sold for three hundred silver coins 10  and the money 11  given to the poor? 12:6 (Now Judas 12  said this not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief. As keeper of the money box, 13  he used to steal what was put into it.) 14  12:7 So Jesus said, “Leave her alone. She has kept it for the day of my burial. 15  12:8 For you will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me! 16 

12:9 Now a large crowd of Judeans 17  learned 18  that Jesus 19  was there, and so they came not only because of him 20  but also to see Lazarus whom he had raised from the dead. 12:10 So the chief priests planned to kill Lazarus too, 21  12:11 for on account of him many of the Jewish people from Jerusalem 22  were going away and believing in Jesus.

The Triumphal Entry

12:12 The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. 23  12:13 So they took branches of palm trees 24  and went out to meet him. They began to shout, 25 Hosanna! 26  Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord! 27  Blessed is 28  the king of Israel! 12:14 Jesus found a young donkey 29  and sat on it, just as it is written, 12:15 Do not be afraid, people of Zion; 30  look, your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt! 31  12:16 (His disciples did not understand these things when they first happened, 32  but when Jesus was glorified, 33  then they remembered that these things were written about him and that these things had happened 34  to him.) 35 

12:17 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. 36  12:18 Because they had heard that Jesus 37  had performed this miraculous sign, the crowd went out to meet him. 12:19 Thus the Pharisees 38  said to one another, “You see that you can do nothing. Look, the world has run off after him!

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