Love Leads Us Home {following Christ to calvary}, Day 23: Scripture-Reading

Therefore many of the Jews who had come to visit Mary, and had seen what Jesus did, believed in Him…when it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, many went up from the country to Jerusalem for their ceremonial cleansing before the Passover. They kept looking for Jesus, and as they stood in the temple courts they asked on another, “What do you think? Isn’t He coming to the festival at all?” But the chief priests and the Pharisees had given orders that anyone who found out where Jesus was should report it so that they might arrest him. (John 11:45, 55-57)

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Jesus took the Twelve aside and told them, “We are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written by the prophets about the Son of Man will be fulfilled. He will be delivered over to the Gentiles. They will mock Him, insult Him, and spit on Him; they will flog Him and kill Him. On the third day He will rise again.”

The disciples did not understand any of this. Its meaning was hidden from them, and they did not know what He was talking about.

-Luke 18:31-34

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Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him.

Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.

But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.

Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. (She has done a beautiful thing to Me.) She did this in preparation for my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

 When all the people heard of Jesus’ arrival, they flocked to see him and also to see Lazarus, the man Jesus had raised from the dead.  Then the leading priests decided to kill Lazarus, too, for it was because of him that many of the people had deserted them and believed in Jesus

John 12: 1-11, (Matt.26:10)

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It was now two days before Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread. The leading priests and the teachers of religious law were still looking for an opportunity to capture Jesus secretly and kill him.

 “But not during the Passover celebration,” they agreed, “or the people may riot.”

-Mark 14: 1-2

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Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went to the leading priests  and asked, “How much will you pay me to betray Jesus to you?” ( They were delighted when they heard why he had come.) And they gave him thirty pieces of silver.  From that time on, Judas began looking for an opportunity to betray Jesus. –Matthew 26:14-16 (Mark 14:11)

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(The next day the great crowd that had come for the festival heard that Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet Him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!”

Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, as it is written: “Do not be afraid, Daughter Zion; see, your King is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.”)

 As he rode along, the crowds spread out their garments on the road ahead of him. When he reached the place where the road started down the Mount of Olives, all of his followers began to shout and sing as they walked along, praising God for all the wonderful miracles they had seen.

 “Blessings on the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven, and glory in highest heaven!”

 But some of the Pharisees among the crowd said, “Teacher, rebuke your followers for saying things like that!”

 He replied, “If they kept quiet, the stones along the road would burst into cheers!”

(Now the crowd that was with Him when He called Lazarus from the tomb and raised Him from the dead continued to spread the word. Many people, because they had heard that He had performed this sign, went out to meet Him.

So the Pharisees said to one another, “See, this is getting us nowhere. Look how the whole world has gone after Him!”)

-from Luke 19 (John 12)

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But as he came closer to Jerusalem and saw the city ahead, He began to weep.  “How I wish today that you of all people would understand the way to peace. But now it is too late, and peace is hidden from your eyes.  Before long your enemies will build ramparts against your walls and encircle you and close in on you from every side. They will crush you into the ground, and your children with you. Your enemies will not leave a single stone in place, because you did not recognize it when God visited you.”

-Luke 19: 41-44

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{Tomorrow, we will take a closer look at what the Chief Priests and Pharisees were thinking and planning as Jesus made His way into Jerusalem for the Passover Festival…}

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