First, he goes to visit Lazarus and his two sisters, Martha and Mary. It’s probably a kind of celebration. After all, Lazarus has been raised from the dead and Jesus sits down to a supper with them. Later in the chapter it states that many of the Jews knew that Jesus was there and had come not only to see Jesus but to get a look at Lazarus raised from the dead.
Mary takes out an expensive bottle of spikenard and uses it to anoint the feet of Jesus. This upsets Judas Iscariot. His outward indignance is that the spikenard could have been sold and given to the poor. But inwardly, he’s a bit of a thief and would like to have had some of the proceeds from the sale of the essential oil. Jesus defends her and tells Judas to leave her alone about it.
The next day many that were in Jerusalem heard that Jesus was coming and took palm branches and rushed to meet him. Jesus entered the city on a young ass to the shouts of, “Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.” The disciples were caught up in the events but didn’t fully understand its’ importance until later.
The Pharisees had seen what was going on. They went so far to say, “behold, the world is gone after him.” The Pharisees conspired against Jesus and even thought of putting Lazarus to death also.
The remaining days before his trial are spent going from Jerusalem to Bethany and back again, spending time in the temple, teaching his disciples, and praying. He does a lot in a few short days. His time is near and he feels the weight of it.
On the day most of you get this paper will be the evening Jesus ate the Passover meal with his disciples, Judas left to betray him, Jesus and the disciples went to Gethsemane, and Jesus was arrested. On the next morning Jesus was delivered to Pilate and crucified that same day. What a thought. Jesus was crucified and on the third day he arises.
This is a special week for all of Christianity. Our savior, Jesus Christ, arose on the third day and we celebrate that resurrection Sunday. Happy Easter to you!