Mary Anoint’s Christ
Verse 1 – Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead, whom He raised from the dead.
Verse 2 – There they made Him a super; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him.
After raising Lazarus from the dead, Jesus went to where Martha, Mary, and Lazarus, lived and ate super with them.
Verse 3 – Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
This nard, was a fragrant ointment imported from the mountains of India. It was expensive and worth a year’s wage.
Verse 4 – Then one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said,
Verse 5 – “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?”
Verse 6 – This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money-box; and he used to take what was put in it.
Jesus knew this, but had not ever confronted Judas about it. Just because someone gets by with something for a while, doesn’t mean that God approves or doesn’t know it.
Verse 7 – Then Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial.
Verse 8 – “For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.”
This act does not mean that we ignore the poor and spend extravagantly for Christ. This was a unique act for ta specific occasion.
Verse 9 – Then a great many Jews knew that He was there; and they came, not for Jesus’ sake only, but that they might also see Lazarus, whom He had raised from the dead.
Verse 10 – But the chief priests took counsel that they might also put Lazarus to death,
Verse 11 – because on account of him many of the Jews went away and believed in Jesus.
One sin leads to another sin. They wanted Lazarus dead because he was a witness to Jesus power of the Holy Spirit.
The Triumphal Entry
Verse 12 – The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
Verse 13 – took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the LORD!’ The King of Israel!”
Jesus began His last week on earth by riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. Jesus picked this time, so that all of Israel would see Him, and He could proclaim His mission to many. However, after they found out His true mission, many turned against Him. It soon became apparent that Jesus was not going to destroy the Roman government.
Verse 14 – Then Jesus, when He found a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written:
Verse 15 – “Fear not, daughter of Zion; behold, your King is coming, sitting on a donkey’s colt.”
Verse 16 – His disciples did not understand these things at first; but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that they had done these things to Him.
After Jesus’ resurrection, the disciples understood the prophecies that they had missed while Jesus was with them. When they recalled Jesus actions and words, they took on new meanings. Do you ever look back on your life and see why things worked out the way the did? Did you see God’s hand in it along the way?
Verse 17 – Therefore the people, who were with Him when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead, bore witness.
Verse 18 – For this reason the people also met Him, because they heard that He had done this sign.
Devotion based only on curiosity, or popularity fades quickly.
Verse 19 – The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, “You see that you are accomplishing nothing. Look, the world has gone after Him!”
All their schemes, crafty councils, and their threats to throw people out of the synagogue for following Jesus, had amounted to nothing.
Verse 20 – Now there were certain Greeks among those who came up to worship at the feast.
Verse 21 – Then they came to Philip, who was from Bethsaida of Galilee, and asked him, saying, “Sir, we wish to see Jesus.”
These Greeks were probably converts to the Jewish faith. They may have went to Philip because he had a Greek name.
Verse 22 – Philip came and told Andrew, and in turn Andrew and Philip told Jesus.
Verse 23 – But Jesus answered them, saying, “The hour has come that the Son of Man should be glorified.
Verse 24 – “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.
Verse 25 – “He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it from eternal life.
This is a beautiful picture of the necessary sacrifice of Jesus. Unless a kernel of wheat is buried in the ground, it will not become a blade of wheat, producing many more seeds.
We must be so committed to living for Christ that our lives on our own, mean nothing in comparison to eternity. This does not mean that we are careless or destructive with our lives. We disown our self-centeredness. We release control of our own lives and submit to control under Christ, bringing eternal life.
Verse 26 – “If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor.
Verse 27 – “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.
Verse 28 – “Father, glorify Your name.” Then a voice came from heaven, saying, “I have both glorified it and will glorify it again.”
This is one of three times a heavenly voice sounded; Jesus baptism, the transfiguration, and now. “I have both glorified it,” meaning in the incarnation, ministry, obedience, and miracles of Christ, and raising Lazarus from the dead. “And will glorify it again,” by carrying Jesus through His sufferings and death, and by raising Him from the dead, and setting Him at the right hand of the Father.
Verse 29 – Therefore the people who stood by and heard it, said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to Him.”
Verse 30 – Jesus answered and said, “This voice did not come because of Me, but for your sake.
Verse 31 – “Now is the judgment of this world; now the ruler of this world will be cast out.
Satan was the ruler of this world until Christ’ resurrection. His resurrection shattered Satan’s deadly power. Please remember that. Satan has no power over the believer. He only has what we allow him to have. He was defeated at the cross!
Verse 32 – “And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself.”
Verse 33 – This He said, signifying by what death He would die.
Verse 34 – The people answered Him, “We have heard from the law that the Christ remains forever; and how can You say, ‘The Son of Man must be lifted up’? Who is this Son of Man?
From the people’s understanding of Scripture, they thought the Messiah would never physically die. There were other passages that said He would. What Jesus was saying did not fit with their concept of who the Messiah was.
Verse 35 – Then Jesus said to them, “A little while longer the light is with you. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness does not know where he is going.
Verse 36 – “While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.” These things Jesus spoke, and departed, and was hidden from them.
Like a light shinning in a dark place, He would be that Light, pointing the way they should walk. If they walked in the Light, they would become “sons of light.”
Verse 37 – But although He had done so many signs before them, they did not believe in Him,
Verse 38 – that the word of Isaiah the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spoke: “Lord, who has believed our report? And to whom has the arm of the LORD been revealed?”
Thousands had heard and seen Jesus’ miracles, but many still did not believe. Our responsibility is to be a witness. It’s their responsibility to respond.
Verse 39 – Therefore they could not believe, because Isaiah said again,
Verse 40 – “He has blinded their eyes and hardened their heart, lest they should see with their eyes and understand with their heart, lest they should turn, so that I should heal them.”
There is a point when people have resisted God for so long, that the heart becomes as hard as a rock. This is only one scripture that pertains to a hardening of the heart towards God, but a good one is Romans 1:24 – Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lust of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves,…
Verse 41 – These things Isaiah said when he saw His glory and spoke of Him.
Verse 42 – Nevertheless even among the rulers many believed in Him, but because of the Pharisees they did not confess Him, lest they should be put out of the synagogue;
Verse 43 – for they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.
Verse 44 – Then Jesus cried out and said, “He who believes in Me believes not in Me but in Him who sent Me.
Here again is another verse showing only One mediator between man and God – the Lord Jesus Christ!
Verse 45 – “And he who sees Me sees Him who sent Me.
Verse 46 – “I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness.
Verse 47 – “And if anyone hears My words and does not believe, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world.
Verse 48 – “He who rejects Me, and does not receive My words, has that which judges him – the word that I have spoken will judge him in the last day.
The first time He came, was to save. The second coming, He will judge people for how they lived on earth. Christ’s words that we would not accept and obey Him, will condemn us. We are to decide now whether we want an eternal life with Him, or damnation in hell by rejecting Him.
Verse 49 – “For I have not spoken on My own authority; but the Father who sent Me gave Me a command, what I should say and what I should speak.
Verse 50 – “And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told Me, so I speak.”