3.4.9 Jesus' passion and sacrificial death

The last days before Jesus' sacrificial death are described in great detail in the gospels.


When the Lord rode into Jerusalem on a donkey, the prophecy of Zechariah 9: 9 was fulfilled. With the cleansing of the temple, Jesus made it clear that the house of the Lord is holy. The disputes with the Pharisees and Sadducees became more and more intense–they plotted to take His life (Luke 20).


According to His own words, when Jesus was anointed with costly oil of spikenard, it was to foreshadow His impending death (John 12: 7). Some of those present were indignant about this and considered it a waste: if the oil had been sold, the proceeds of 300 pieces of silver would have been a great help to the poor. Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve Apostles, then went to the high priests. They offered him 30 pieces of silver to betray Jesus, an amount that was customarily paid for a slave (Exodus 21: 32). Thereby the words of Zechariah 11: 12-13 were fulfilled: the Lord was placed on the same level as a slave, as it were.