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  The Great Bible Story #109
Jesus gets betrayed

Jacob Ninan
The chief priests and Jewish rulers were upset with Jesus because His words and life exposed their hollowness and many people were following after Jesus seeing His miracles. They told themselves that if they lost the support of the people the Romans would take over completely. So they decided among themselves that it was better for everyone if Jesus was put to death (not realising that it was exactly what God had in mind). They began to wait for an opportunity to do it without much public uproar.

Six days before the Passover, Jesus was with His disciples in the house of Martha, Mary and Lazarus. Mary took some expensive perfume and wiped it on Jesus' feet with her hair. Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, commented that this was a sheer waste of money and this perfume should have been sold and the money given to the poor. (It was not that he cared for the poor. Judas was in charge of the money bag for Jesus' team and he used to help himself to it now and then.) When Jesus heard this He said that what Mary had done was to anoint Him for burial. He said that the poor would always be there, but they would not have Him with them for long. Judas was probably offended by this correction. Anyway he left immediately from there to the chief priests and agreed to identify Jesus for them for a price of thirty pieces of silver. They did not know that by this they were fulfilling another prophecy about Jesus.

After this, Jesus began to tell the disciples plainly that the chief priests and the rulers would hand Him over to the Romans who would put Him to death. But He would rise from the dead after three days just as Jonah the prophet came out of the belly of the fish after three days.

Jesus promised that after He went back to the Father He would send down the Holy Spirit to be with them as their Teacher, Comforter and Helper. He tried to explain to them that it would more advantageous for them to have the Holy Spirit with them than to have Him (Jesus) in bodily form. The Holy Spirit would be always with them, leading them into all the truth, reminding them about the things Jesus had taught them and exalting Jesus in everything.

Jesus warned the disciples that very few were going to be saved, while the majority would on the way to destruction. As long as they were in the world they were going to have trouble, but He who had conquered the world would be with them. He would prepare a place for them and take them there finally.

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