Each year, I enjoy reading through the gospels during Lent, especially during Passion Week. As I read about what Jesus was doing each day leading up to the crucifixion, and then how he interacted with people the day of his resurrection, I gain new depths to my love of Jesus and what he went through for my reconciliation.
For each day starting with the Friday before Palm Sunday through Easter Sunday, I will post up chronological passages that correspond to that day in Jesus final week.
Today we will look at the events recorded about the Friday prior to Palm Sunday:
Now the Passover of the Jews was near, and many went up to Jerusalem out of the country before the Passover to purify themselves. So they were seeking for Jesus, and were saying to one another as they stood in the temple, “What do you think; that He will not come to the feast at all?” Now the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that if anyone knew where He was, he was to report it, so that they might seize Him.
The large crowd of the Jews then learned that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He raised from the dead. But the chief priests planned to put Lazarus to death also; because on account of him many of the Jews were going away and were believing in Jesus.
Mary Anoints Jesus at Bethany (John 12:1-8)
Jesus, therefore, six days before the Passover, came to Bethany where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they made Him a supper there, and Martha was serving; but Lazarus was one of those reclining at the table with Him. Mary then took a pound of very costly perfume of pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped His feet with her hair; and the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, who was intending to betray Him, said, “Why was this perfume not sold for three hundred denarii and given to poor people?” Now he said this, not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief, and as he had the money box, he used to pilfer what was put into it. Therefore Jesus said,“Let her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of My burial. For you always have the poor with you, but you do not always have Me.”