The Anointing at Bethany

The Arrest Order is Issued (John 11:44-12:1). Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived in Bethany,

a short walk over the Mt. Olives from Jerusalem. The chief priests and Pharisees had given orders that if
anyone found out where Jesus was, he should report it so that they might arrest Him.

Mary Anoints Jesus for Burial (Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9: John 12:2-11). Jesus found refuge in
the house of Simon the leper. Certainly, the religious leaders would not look for Him there. Mary’s act
of love was accepted by Jesus, criticized by Judas and the other disciples. The word “waste” (Mark 14:4)
is the same Greek word as “perdition” or “destruction” (John 17:12), which refers to Judas. It was Judas
the “waster.” He wasted his God-given opportunities and eventually wasted his life, ending it by
committing suicide. What a contrast between Mary the worshiper and Judas the traitor. Both understood
Jesus prediction of His approaching death. Mary gave a year’s wages and Judas received thirty pieces of

Following this, we enter in the final events of Jesus’ life, typically referred to as the Passion of
Christ or the events of Passion Week.  This is a whole other study which will be put online at a later time.

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