Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus
was, which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead.
There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of
them that sat at the table with him.
12:3Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed
the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was
filled with the odour of the ointment.
(12:3-8) Mary wastes expensive ointment on Jesus' feet, rather than selling the ointment and
giving the money to the poor. But Jesus thinks his feet are more important, saying that poor people will always be
around, but he and his precious feet won't be. (According to the New Oxford Annotated Bible, 300 denarii would be nearly a year's wage for
a laborer.) Is it OK to use perfume?
(12:3) "Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus,
and wiped his feet with her hair."
(12:4-5) "Then saith ... Judas Iscariot ... Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the
(12:7-8) "Then said Jesus ... the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not
12:4Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should
12:5Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the
This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief,
and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.
12:7Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she
For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not
Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came
not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see Lazarus also, whom he had
raised from the dead.
But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;
Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on
On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard
that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried,
Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.
(12:14b-15) "As it is written
... thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt."
This verse claims that Jesus fulfils the
prophecy in Zechariah 9:9. But this can't be
since the person referred to in Zechariah (see verses 10-13) was both a military leader and the king of
an earthly kingdom.
12:14And Jesus, when he had
found a young ass, sat thereon;as it is written,
Fear not, daughter of
Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.
These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was
glorified, then remembered they that these things were written of him, and
that they had done these things unto him.
The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his
grave, and raised him from the dead, bare record.
For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had
done this miracle.
The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail
nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.
And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the
The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and
desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.
Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.
And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man
should be glorified.
(12:24) "Except a corn of wheat fall into the
ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much
fruit." Jesus was wrong about seeds. If a seed dies, it dies. It only produces a new plant if it stays alive (in a dormant stage)
until it germinates. Dead seeds bring forth no fruit.
(12:25) "He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this
world shall keep it." You must hate your life in order to keep it. (If you love your life, you'll go to hell after you die.) What must you do to be saved