Love Lesson
Love Lesson 28: by turtle

John 12:1-3 KJV
(1)  Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from
the dead.
(2)  There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.
(3)  Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her
hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

We are beginning the downward descent to the passion of the Christ. The reason Christ truly came. Mary of Bethany took a
bottle of expensive perfume and anointed Christ feet. She was preparing Christ for His death. Yet I doubt if she understood
this. She did it has a loving worshiping act.

John 12:4-6 KJV
(4)  Then saith one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon's son, which should betray him,
(5)  Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor?
(6)  This he said, not that he cared for the poor; but because he was a thief, and had the bag, and bare what was put therein.

Judas was the treasure keeper of the purse. He keep the money but was greedy. He was not thinking of the poor when he
suggested selling the perfume instead of wasting it as Mary had seemed to do. Judas greed would soon catch up with Him when
He betrays Christ for thirty pieces of silver.

John 12:7-8 KJV
(7)  Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this.
(8)  For the poor always ye have with you; but me ye have not always.

Christ made it clear why Mary anointed his feet. It was in preparation of his death. He made it clear the poor would always be
but that He soon would not be with Him. We will see how symbolic of the events to come were in the next few lessons.

John 12:9-11 KJV
(9)  Much people of the Jews therefore knew that he was there: and they came not for Jesus' sake only, but that they might see
Lazarus also, whom he had raised from the dead.
(10)  But the chief priests consulted that they might put Lazarus also to death;
(11)  Because that by reason of him many of the Jews went away, and believed on Jesus.

Because of this one miracle of raising Lazarus from the dead it caused many to believe that Jesus was the Messiah. One event
caused a lot of uproar. Even though they had seen Him heal the blind and lame. And even others had been raised but this was
four days after Lazarus was dead that He had called him to come forth out of the grave. People marveled. Because in Jewish
tradition he was completely dead when the fourth day arrived.

John 12:12-16 KJV
(12)  On the next day much people that were come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
(13)  Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh
in the name of the Lord.
(14)  And Jesus, when he had found a young ass, sat thereon; as it is written,
(15)  Fear not, daughter of Sion: behold, thy King cometh, sitting on an ass's colt.
(16)  These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these
things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.

The people got excited when they heard Jesus was coming they ran and got palm branches and waved them before Him.  This
was part of prophecy of the what was to happen before Christ died.

Zechariah 9:9 KJV
(9)  Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: behold, thy King cometh unto thee: he is just, and
having salvation; lowly, and riding upon an ass, and upon a colt the foal of an ass.

Even though this was prophecy no one recognized it at the time as fulfillment was happening. I often wonder what are we over
looking today in regards to fulfillment of prophecy.

John 12:16-18 KJV
(16)  These things understood not his disciples at the first: but when Jesus was glorified, then remembered they that these
things were written of him, and that they had done these things unto him.
(17)  The people therefore that was with him when he called Lazarus out of his grave, and raised him from the dead, bare
(18)  For this cause the people also met him, for that they heard that he had done this miracle.

We might think that their was no record of such events else where in history books, but we got to realize more then just one
person seen Lazarus come forth out of the grave. More then one person had eye witness accounts to the miracles that were
performed.  This is one reason when Christ arose the message could not be quieted. That is why when miracles were done and
Lazarus was raised the people did not keep quiet.  The Pharisees were angered by the spreading of the news about the miracles
because it took their power over the people away.
John 12:19 KJV
(19)  The Pharisees therefore said among themselves, Perceive ye how ye prevail nothing? behold, the world is gone after him.

The scene closes and a new scene opens to people other then Jews seeking to speak to Christ.

John 12:20-30 KJV
(20)  And there were certain Greeks among them that came up to worship at the feast:
(21)  The same came therefore to Philip, which was of Bethsaida of Galilee, and desired him, saying, Sir, we would see Jesus.
(22)  Philip cometh and telleth Andrew: and again Andrew and Philip tell Jesus.
(23)  And Jesus answered them, saying, The hour is come, that the Son of man should be glorified.
(24)  Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth
forth much fruit.
(25)  He that loveth his life shall lose it; and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.
(26)  If any man serve me, let him follow me; and where I am, there shall also my servant be: if any man serve me, him will
my Father honour.
(27)  Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say? Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.
(28)  Father, glorify thy name. Then came there a voice from heaven, saying, I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.
(29)  The people therefore, that stood by, and heard it, said that it thundered: others said, An angel spake to him.
(30)  Jesus answered and said, This voice came not because of me, but for your sakes.

The Greeks had heard of Jesus and came to worship in Jerusalem. The Disciples told Jesus, Christ response is to talk about his
coming death and the fact that those who wished to worship Him Jesus begins to speak of his death and resurrection in a
parable form. A piece of corn dying and then growing all over again. With Christ death and resurrection much fruit would be
bared. People would come to know Him. Those who would believe would also have to loose their life here on earth but would
have eternal life with Jesus.  If the gospel would be spread each person would have to do his/her part. Following Jesus is giving
your all to Him. We must continue to spread the message like those that seen and heard about Lazarus raising from the dead
did about Jesus.

Then a voice was heard and some thought it was the wind but it testified to those who heard who Jesus was. It was not for
Him but for those who heard.