Jesus Anointed at Bethany
Jesus Anointed at
This is the first of two anointings that take
place at Bethany. This one takes place at the home of
Lazarus six days before the Passover. Only two days before
the Passover Jesus is anointed again at the house of Simon the
In this occurrence, we are told that Mary is the
one who does the anointing. At Simon's house we don't know
who anoints Jesus other than simply a woman.
John tells us that Judas Iscariot is upset over
this act, not because he considered it a waste but because he
had been stealing from the money bag. He hoped to convince
Jesus to sell the perfume and give the money to the poor so that
he could pocket some of it.
We are also told that many people have gathered
at Lazarus' house because they had heard he had been raised from
the dead. This is cause for alarm for the chief priests
because he is a very visible testimony to the power of Jesus.
They make plans to not only kill Jesus but also Lazarus to rid
themselves of the evidence of one of Jesus' greatest miracles.