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Jesus in Bethany with His Friends
(Mt. 26:6-13; Mk. 14:3-9)
12 1Six days before the Passover* festival, Jesus went to Bethany. Bethany is
the town where Lazarus lived. (Lazarus is the man Jesus raised from death.) 2In
Bethany they had a dinner for Jesus. Martha served the food. Lazarus was one of
the people eating with Jesus. 3Mary brought in a pint of very expensive perfume
made from pure nard.* Mary poured the perfume on Jesus' feet. Then she wiped his
feet with her hair. And the sweet smell from the perfume filled the whole house.
4Judas Iscariot was there. Judas was one of Jesus' followers. (He was the one that
would later be against Jesus.) [Judas did not like what Mary did]. Judas said, 5"That
perfume was worth 300 silver coins.* It should have been sold, and the money should
have been given to the poor people." 6But Judas did not really care about poor people.
Judas said this because he was a thief. Judas was the one that kept the money box
[for the group of followers]. And Judas often stole money from the box. 7Jesus answered,
"Don't stop her. It was right for her to save this perfume for today--the day for
me to be prepared for burial. 8The poor people will always be with you. But you
will not always have me."
The Plot Against Lazarus
9Many of the Jews heard that Jesus was in Bethany. So they went there to see Jesus.
They also went there to see Lazarus. Lazarus was the one Jesus raised from death.
10So the leading priests made plans to kill Lazarus too. 11Because of Lazarus, many
Jews were leaving [their leaders] and believing in Jesus. That is why the Jewish
leaders wanted to kill Lazarus too.
Jesus Enters Jerusalem
(Mt. 21:1-11; Mk. 11:1-11; Lk. 19:28-40
12The next day the people in Jerusalem heard that Jesus was coming there. These
were the many people that had come to the Passover* festival. 13The people took
branches of palm trees and went out to meet Jesus. The people shouted, "'Praise*
Him! Welcome! God bless the One that comes in the name of the Lord!'
God bless the King of Israel!" 14Jesus found a donkey and rode on it. This was like
the Scripture* says: 15"Do not be afraid, city of Zion* ! Look! Your king is coming.
He is riding on a young donkey."
16The followers of Jesus did not understand at that time what was happening. But
after Jesus was raised to glory, they understood that these things were written
about him. Then the followers remembered that they had done these things for him.
People Tell About Jesus
17There were many people with Jesus when he raised Lazarus from death and told him
to come out of the tomb.* Now those people were telling other people about what
Jesus did. 18Many people went out to meet Jesus, because they heard that Jesus did
this miracle.* 19So the Pharisees* said to each other, "Look! Our plan is not working.
All the people are following him!"
Jesus Talks About Life and Death
20There were some Greek people there too. These were some of the people that went
to Jerusalem to worship at the Passover* festival. 21These Greek people went to
Philip. (Philip was from Bethsaida, in Galilee.) The Greek people said, "Sir, we
want to meet Jesus." 22Philip went and told Andrew. Then Andrew and Philip went
and told Jesus. 23Jesus said to them, "Now is the time for the Son of Man* to receive
his glory. 24I tell you the truth. A grain of wheat must fall to the ground and
die. Then it grows and makes many seeds. But if it never dies, then it will always
be only a single seed. 25The person that loves his own life will lose it. But the
person that hates his life in this world will keep it. He will have life forever.
26The person that serves me must follow me. Then my servant will be with me everywhere
I am. My Father will give honor to people that serve me.
Footnotes: Passover An important Jewish holy day. The Jews ate a special meal on
this day every year to remember that God freed them from slavery in Egypt in the
time of Moses. nard An expensive oil from the root of the nard plant. silver coins
One coin, a Roman denarius, was the average pay for one day's work. Praise Literally,
"Hosanna," a Hebrew word used in praying to God for help. Here, it was probably
a shout of celebration used in praising God or his Messiah. Scripture Part of the
Holy Writings--Old Testament. city of Zion Literally, "daughter of Zion," meaning
Jerusalem. tomb A grave dug in a wall of rock. miracle(s) Miracles are amazing works
done by God's power. Pharisees The Pharisees were a Jewish religious group that
claimed to follow carefully all Jewish laws and customs. Son of Man A name Jesus
used for himself. In Dan. 7:13-14, this is the name for the Messiah, the one God
chose to save his people.
"Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: EASY-TO-READ VERSION © 2001 by World Bible Translation
Center, Inc. and used by permission."
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