Stories from the Life of Christ Told to the Children - Janet Kelman

The Alabaster Box of Ointment

Now when Jesus was in Bethany, they made him a supper. And Martha served; but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. Then took Mary an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very costly, and she brake the box and poured it on his head, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair, and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. Then saith Judas, "Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence and given to the poor?"

This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the bag and bare what was put therein.

And Jesus said, "Let her alone, why trouble ye her? She hath wrought a good work on me. For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good, but me ye have not always. She hath done what she could. Verily I say unto you, wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of."

And this same Judas, one of the twelve, went unto the chief priests to betray Jesus unto them, and said, "What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you?"

And when they heard it they were glad, and promised to give him thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought how he might betray him unto them in the absence of the people.

Then came the day of unleavened bread when the Passover must be killed.

And Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, "Go and prepare us the Passover, that we may eat."

And they said unto him, "Where wilt thou that we prepare?"

And he said unto them, "Go ye into the city, and there shall meet you a man bearing a pitcher of water. Follow him into the house where he entereth in, and say ye to the goodman of the house, 'The master saith, Where is the guest chamber, where I shall eat the Passover with my disciples?' And he will show you a large upper room. There make ready for us."

And they went forth, and came into the city, and found as he had said unto them. And they made ready the Passover.