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John 12:1-19 TPT

Six days before the Passover began, Jesus went back to Bethany, the town
where he raised Lazarus from the dead. They had prepared a supper for Jesus.
Martha served, and Lazarus and Mary were among those at the table. Mary
picked up an alabaster jar filled with nearly a liter of extremely rare and costly
perfume—the purest extract of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet. Then she
wiped them dry with her long hair. And the fragrance of the costly oil filled the
house. But Judas the locksmith, Simon’s son, the betrayer, spoke up and said,
“What a waste! We could have sold this perfume for a fortune and given the
money to the poor!”

(In fact, Judas had no heart for the poor. He only said this because he was
a thief and in charge of the money case. He would steal money whenever he
wanted from the funds given to support Jesus’ ministry.)

Jesus said to Judas, “Leave her alone! She has saved it for the time of my
burial. You’ll always have the poor with you; but you won’t always have me.

When the word got out that Jesus was not far from Jerusalem, a large
crowd came out to see him, and they also wanted to see Lazarus, the man
Jesus had raised from the dead. This prompted the chief priests to seal their
plans to do away with both Jesus and Lazarus, for his miracle testimony was
incontrovertible and was persuading many of the Jews living in Jerusalem to
believe in Jesus.

The next day the news that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem swept
through the massive crowd gathered for the feast. So they took palm
branches and went out to meet him. Everyone was shouting, “Lord, be our
Savior! Blessed is the one who comes to us sent from Jehovah-God, the King
of Israel!”

Then Jesus found a young donkey and rode on it to fulfill what was prophesied:
“People of Zion, have no fear! Look—it’s your king coming to you
riding on a young donkey!”

Now Jesus’ disciples didn’t fully understand the importance of what was
taking place, but after he was raised and exalted into glory, they understood how
Jesus fulfilled all the prophecies in the Scriptures that were written about him.
All the eyewitnesses of the miracle Jesus performed when he called
Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead kept spreading the
news about Jesus to everyone. The news of this miracle of resurrection
caused the crowds to swell as great numbers of people welcomed him into
the city with joy. But the “Separated Ones” were disturbed by this and said
to each other, “We won’t be able to stop this. The whole world is going to
run after him!”

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