What Will You Give Me?

There was a certain man named Lazarus of Bethany, who was taken very ill; and as he was the Brother of that Mary who had anointed Christ with ointment, and wiped his feet with her hair, She and her sister Martha sent to him in great trouble, saying, “Lord, Lazarus whom you love is sick, and like to die.”

Jesus did not go to them for two days after receiving this message; but when that time was past, he said to his Disciples, “Lazarus is dead. Let us go to Bethany.” When they arrived there (it was a place very near to Jerusalem) they found, as Jesus had foretold, that Lazarus was dead, and had been dead and buried, four days.

When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she rose up from among the people who had come to condole with her on her poor brother’s death, and ran to meet him: leaving her sister Mary weeping, in the house. When Martha saw Him she burst into tears, and said, “Oh Lord if Thou hads’t been here, my brother would not have died.”—“Thy brother shall rise again,” returned Our Savior. “I know he will, and I believe he will, Lord, at the Resurrection on the Last Day,” said Martha.

Jesus said to her, “I am the Resurrection and the Life. Dost thou believe this?” She answered, “Yes Lord”; and running back to her sister Mary, told her that Christ was come. Mary hearing this, ran out, followed by all those who had been grieving with her in the house, and coming to the place where he was, fell down at his feet upon the ground and wept; and so did all the rest. Jesus was so full of compassion for their sorrow, that He wept too, as he said, “Where have you laid him?”—They said, “Lord, come and see!”

He was buried in a cave; and there was a great stone laid upon it. When they all came to the Grave, Jesus ordered the stone to be rolled away, which was done. Then, after casting up his eyes, and thanking God, he said, in a loud and solemn voice, “Lazarus, come forth!” and the dead man, Lazarus, restored to life, came out among the people, and went home with his sisters. At this sight, so awful and affecting, many of the people there, believed that Christ was indeed the Son of God; come to instruct and save mankind. But others ran to tell the Pharisees; and from that day the Pharisees resolved among themselves—to prevent more people from believing in him, that Jesus should be killed. And they agreed among themselves—meeting in the Temple for that purpose—that if he came into Jerusalem before the Feast of the Passover, which was then approaching, he should be seized.

It was six days before the Passover, when Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead; and, at night, when they all sat at supper together, with Lazarus among them, Mary rose up, and took a pound of ointment (which was very precious and costly, and was called ointment of Spikenard) and anointed the feet of Jesus Christ with it, and, once again, wiped them on her hair; and the whole house was filled with the pleasant smell of the ointment. Judas Iscariot, one of the Disciples, pretended to be angry at this, and said that the ointment might have been sold for Three Hundred Pence, and the money given to the poor. But he only said so, in reality, because he carried the Purse, and was (unknown to the rest, at that time) a Thief, and wished to get all the money he could. He now began to plot for betraying Christ into the hands of the chief Priests.

The Feast of the Passover now drawing very near, Jesus Christ, with his disciples, moved forward towards Jerusalem. When they were come near to that city, He pointed to a village and told two of his disciples to go there, and they would find an ass, with a colt, tied to a tree, which they were to bring to Him. Finding these animals exactly as Jesus had described, they brought them away, and Jesus, riding on the ass, entered Jerusalem. An immense crowd of people collected round him as he went along, and throwing their robes on the ground, and cutting down green branches from the trees, and spreading them in His path, they shouted, and cried, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” (David had been a great King there.) “He comes in the name of the Lord! This is Jesus, the Prophet of Nazareth!” And when Jesus went into the Temple, and cast out the tables of the money-changers who wrongfully sat there, together with people who sold Doves; saying, “My father’s house is a house of prayer, but ye have made it a den of Thieves!”—and when the people and children cried in the Temple, “This is Jesus the Prophet of Nazareth,” and would not be silenced—and when the blind and lame came flocking there in crowds, and were healed by his hand—the chief Priests and Scribes, and Pharisees were filled with fear and hatred of Him. But Jesus continued to heal the sick, and to do good, and went and lodged at Bethany; a place that was very near the City of Jerusalem, but not within the walls.

One night, at that place, he rose from Supper at which he was seated with his Disciples, and taking a cloth and a basin of water, washed their feet. Simon Peter, one of the Disciples, would have prevented Him from washing his feet: but our Savior told Him that He did this, in order that they, remembering it, might be always kind and gentle to one another, and might know no pride or ill-will among themselves.
Then, he became sad, and grieved, and looking round on the Disciples said, “There is one here, who will betray me.” They cried out, one after another, “Is it I, Lord!—“Is it I!” But he only answered, “It is one of the Twelve that dippeth with me in the dish.” One of the disciples, whom Jesus loved, happening to be leaning on His Breast at that moment listening to his words, Simon Peter beckoned to him that he should ask the name of this false man. Jesus answered, “It is he to whom I shall give a sop when I have dipped it in the dish,” and when he had dipped it, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, saying, “What thou doest, do quickly.” Which the other disciples did not understand, but which Judas knew to mean that Christ had read his bad thoughts.

So Judas, taking the sop, went out immediately. It was night, and he went straight to the chief Priests and said, “What will you give me, if I deliver him to you?” They agreed to give him thirty pieces of Silver; and for this, he undertook soon to betray into their hands, his Lord and Master Jesus Christ.

Mark Water

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