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B.W. Johnson Commentary on John 12:12-19

From The People's New Testament, B.W. Johnson, 1891

The Royal Entrance into Jerusalem.

SUMMARY.--The Feast at Bethany. The Anointing by Mary. The Anger of Judas. The Purpose to Put Lazarus to Death. The Entrance into Jerusalem. The Greeks Seeking Jesus. "The Hour Is Come." The Voice from Heaven. The Son of Man to Be Lifted Up. The Cause of Unbelief.

1. Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany. From the other Gospels we learn that he went from Ephraim beyond the Jordan and came back through Jericho with the great company of Galileans who came to attend the passover. The supper at Bethany was Saturday evening before he was crucified.

2-9. There they made him a supper. For notes on this supper and the anointing, see Matt. 26:6-16. Compare Mark 14:3-11 and Luke 7:36-50. Then saith one of his disciples. Judas Iscariot. Three hundred pence. Silver to the amount of $45, equivalent to about $300 now, owing to the change of values. Against the day of my burying hath she kept this. Before a week he was to be in the tomb. It was customary to anoint dead bodies for burial. Much people . . . came. From Jerusalem to Bethany.

10, 11. The chief priests consulted. Lazarus was a living proof of the Divine power of Christ, and they wished him out of the way. [377]

12-15. On the next day. Sunday. For notes on the entrance to Jerusalem, see Matt. 21:1-11. Compare Mark 11:1-11; Luke 19:29-44.

19. The world is gone after him. The Pharisees observed the vast crowds that attended him and were filled with alarm. The city was filled with commotion (Matt. 21:10, 11).

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