As I have loved you
following is Bruce R. McConkie
s commentary of the parallel passages covered in the
above chapter of the student manual.
Reading the entire selection constitutes 34 pages.
Jesus Foretells Betrayal And Crucifixion
Matt. 26:1-2. Speaking with seeric foresight the Savior tells his disciples of his coming
betrayal and crucifixion. And it is to be during the coming feast! The time is at hand; the hour is
known; Jesus is going to his death -- knowingly, willingly, obediently -- to conform in all things
to the will of the Father.
Feast of the passover] See Matt. 26:17-20.
3-4. What awful iniquity is wrought when the wicked rule! It was the spiritual leaders of
the people, the very ones who should have been teaching them to follow their God-sent Messiah,
who now, with murder in their hearts, plotted and conspired to slay him. And how often it is
thus, that those arrayed in priestly robes, lest their iniquities be uncovered and their doctrines
debased, plan the persecutions and then incite the mobs which slay the saints.
p.696 - p.697
Caiaphas] Rule in God's earthly kingdom is by legal administrators appointed by the
Lord. Church officers are chosen by other church officers as the Holy Spirit directs. One of the
many sure signs of total apostasy is the appointment of religious leaders by civil authorities, as
often has been and now is the case among branches and sects of Christendom. This, also, was the
fallen spiritual state into which the once divinely approved Jewish religion had slipped.
Accordingly, Joseph Caiaphas, son-in-law of Annas, appointed high priest by the Roman
procurator Valerius Gratus (Pilate's predecessor), found himself in the priestly office at this
dread time in history when the Creator of men was to be taken by sinful men and hung on the
cross. Under the Jewish law the presiding priest in the Aaronic Priesthood was called the high
priest; it was, to them, a position of administration and spiritual supremacy.
5. How often the people stand higher than their leaders in spiritual Might. Among the
2,000,000 people crowded into Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, many sympathized with
Jesus; some believed his doctrines and espoused his cause; others from Galilee, with provincial
pride, would have taken his side should a demonstration or outbreak occur. All this restrained
Caiaphas and his conspirators.
Mary Anoints Jesus At Simon's Supper
Matt. 26:6. House of Simon the leper] This means of identifying the place of the feast
gives rise to many interesting speculations. Who was Simon? If living and present he was
obviously no longer afflicted with leprosy. Was he, then, one who had been healed by Jesus?
And since Martha served and Lazarus sat at the table, while Mary anointed the Master, was this