Matthew xxi: 1 to
11; xxvi: 6 to 16;
Mark ii: 1 to 11; xiv: 3 to 11;
Luke xix: 29 to 41; xxii: 3 to 6;
John xii: 1 to 19.
Jericho, Jesus and his disciples went up from the
mountains, and came to Bethany, where his friends
Martha and Mary lived, and where he had raised
Lazarus to life, as we read in Story 135. Many
people in Jerusalem heard that Jesus was there; and
they went out of the city to see him, for Bethany
was only two miles from Jerusalem. Some came also to
see Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead;
but the rulers of the Jews said to each other:
"We must not only kill Jesus, but Lazarus also,
because on his account so many of the people are
going after Jesus and are believing on him."
The friends of Jesus in Bethany made a supper for
Jesus at the home of a man named Simon. He was
called "Simon the Leper;" and perhaps he was one
whom Jesus had cured of leprosy. Jesus and his
disciples, with Lazarus, leaned upon the couches
around the table, as the guests; and Martha was one
of those who waited upon them. While they were at
the supper, Mary, the sister of Lazarus, came into
the room, carrying a sealed jar of very precious
perfume. She opened the jar, and poured some of the
perfume upon the head of Jesus, and some upon his
feet, and she wiped his feet with her long hair. And
the whole house was filled with the fragrance of the
But one of the disciples of Jesus, Judas Iscariot,
was not pleased at this. He said, "Why was such a
waste of the perfume made? This might have been sold
for more than forty-five dollars, and the money
given to the poor!"
This he said, but not because he cared for the poor.
Judas was the one who kept the bag of money for
Jesus and the twelve, and he was a thief, and took
away for his own use all the money that he could
But Jesus said, "Let her alone; why do you find
fault with the woman? She has done a good work for
me. You have the poor always with you, and whenever
you wish you can give to them. But you will have me
with you only a little while. She has done what she
could; for she has come to perfume my body for its
burial. And truly I say to you, that wherever the
gospel shall be preached throughout the world, what
this woman has done shall be told in memory of her."
Perhaps Mary knew what others did not believe, that
Jesus was soon to die; and she showed her love for
him, and her sorrow for his coming death, by this
But Judas, the disciple who carried the bag, was
very angry at Jesus; and from that time he was
looking for a chance to betray Jesus, or to give him
up to his enemies. He went to the chief priests, and
said, "What will you give me if I will put Jesus
into your hands?"
They said, "We will give you thirty pieces of
And for thirty pieces of silver Judas promised to
help them take Jesus, and make him their prisoner.
On the morning after the supper at Bethany, Jesus
called two of his disciples and said to them, "Go
into the next village, and at a place where two
roads cross, and there you will find an ass tied,
and a colt with it. Loose them, and bring them to
me. And if anyone says to you, 'Why do you do this?'
say 'The Lord has need of them,' and they will let
They went to the place, and found the ass and the
colt, and were loosing them, when the owner said,
"What are you doing, untying the ass?"
And they said, as Jesus had told them to say, "The
Lord has need of it!"
Then the owner gave them the ass and the colt for
the use of Jesus. They brought them to Jesus, on the
Mount of Olives, and they laid some of their own
clothes on the colt for a cushion, and set Jesus
upon it. Then all the disciples and a very great
multitude threw their garments upon the ground for
Jesus to ride upon. Others cut down branches from
the trees and laid them on the ground.
And as Jesus rode over the mountain toward Jerusalem
many walked before him waving branches of
palm-trees. And they all cried together:
"Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is he that
cometh in the name of the Lord! Blessed be the
kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name
of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!"
These things they said because they believed Jesus
was the Christ, the Anointed King, and they hoped
that he would now set up his throne in Jerusalem.
Some of the Pharisees in the crowd, who did not
believe in Jesus, said to him, "Master, stop your
But Jesus said, "I tell you, that if these should be
still, the very stones would cry out!"
And when he came into Jerusalem with all this
multitude, all the city was filled with wonder. They
said, "Who is this?"
And the multitude answered, "This is Jesus, the
prophet of Nazareth in Galilee!"
And Jesus went into the temple, and looked around
it; but he did not stay, because the hour was late.
He went again to Bethany, and there stayed at night
with his friends.
These things took place on Sunday, the first day of
the week; and that Sunday in the year is called Palm
Sunday, because of the palm-branches which the
people carried before Jesus.