- The Assembly: The Supper at Bethany, Mary Anoints Jesus’ Feet (12:1-11)
- The Appearing: The Triumphal Entry of the Son of David into Jerusalem (12:12-19)
- The Millennium: The Son of Man sought by Gentiles (12:20-36)
- Summary of Israel’s Response to the Lord’s Ministry (12:37-50)
The Assembly: The Supper at Bethany, Mary Anoints Jesus’ Feet (12:1-11)
Psalm 23. We see a beautiful fulfillment of the 23rd Psalm in the experience of Jesus as He traveled toward Jerusalem. While Jesus was fully Divine, He was also fully man; with a human soul, feelings, and emotions. He rejoiced to count Jehovah as His shepherd, and cast all His care upon the Father. He had walked through parched desert for days, but the supper at Bethany was to His soul as “green pastures” and the fellowship of Mary, Martha, and Lazarus as “still waters”. In this sense, His soul was restored and led forward in the “paths of righteousness”. Times like this one gave our Lord courage, and that though He walked “through the valley of the shadow of death”, we was not afraid, because His God was with Him. In Bethany, there were friends, but also enemies. The betrayer was there. The chief priests were taking counsel to put Him to death. Yet God was able to “prepare a table” before Him even in the presence of His enemies. Finally, God brought along Mary, to anoint anoint His head with oil. How this display of love would cause His cup (joy) to run over! In the refreshment of this scene, Jesus could go on to the cross, with confidence that goodness and mercy would follow Him, and after the work was accomplished, to enjoy of the presence of God forever!
Lazarus is a picture of Israel, raised from a condition national death. Mary is a type of the Church.