Narrator: Jesus spent Monday and Tuesday at the Temple healing people and teaching about how the religious leaders were not behaving how God wanted them to behave. The religious leaders got angrier and angrier at Jesus. At some point on Wednesday Jesus and the disciples left the Temple and Jesus went to teach them about what the Kingdom of Heaven is like. We pick up the story towards the end of Wednesday.
Narrator: And so this is what happened, finally. Jesus finished all His teaching, and He said to His disciples,
Jesus: The feast of Passover begins in two days. That is when the Son of Man is handed over to be crucified.
Narrator: And almost as He spoke, the chief priests were getting together with the elders at the home of the high priest, Caiaphas. They schemed and mused about how they could trick Jesus, sneak around and capture Him, and then kill Him.
Chief Priests: We shouldn’t try to catch Him at the great public festival. The people would riot if they knew what we were doing.
Narrator: Meanwhile Jesus was at Bethany staying at the home of Simon the leper. While He was at Simon’s house, a woman came to see Him. She had an alabaster flask of very valuable ointment with her, and as Jesus reclined at the table, she poured the ointment on His head. The disciples, seeing this scene, were furious.
Disciples: This is an absolute waste! The woman could have sold that ointment for lots of money, and then she could have given it to the poor.
Narrator: Jesus knew what the disciples were saying among themselves, so He took them to task.
Jesus: Why don’t you leave this woman alone? She has done a good thing. It is good that you are concerned about the poor, but the poor will always be with you—I will not be. In pouring this ointment on My body, she has prepared Me for My burial. I tell you this: the good news of the kingdom of God will be spread all over the world, and wherever the good news travels, people will tell the story of this woman and her good discipleship. And people will remember her.
Judas Iscariot: What will you give me to turn Him over to you?
Narrator: They offered him 30 pieces of silver. And from that moment, he began to watch for a chance to betray Jesus.
I wonder how Simon felt about being able to host a party?
I wonder why Jesus did so much teaching?
I wonder if Jesus’ voice was tired?
I wonder what the disciples forgot?
I wonder what you think of the woman’s gift?
I wonder why this made Judas go to betray Jesus?
I wonder if Judas felt good about his decision?