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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.
ROM 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 perfume.
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
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 steal.
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 rich gift.
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 silver."
 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 them go."
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
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 disciples!"
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!"
JESUS RIDES INTO JERUSALEM
And Jesus went into the temple, and looked around it;
 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.