But Jesus said, "Leave her alone! Let her keep what she has for the day of my burial.
You will always have poor people with you, but you will not always have me." 1
A large number of people heard that Jesus was in Bethany, so they went there, not only because of Jesus but also to see Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from death.
So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus too,
because on his account many Jews were rejecting them and believing in Jesus.
The next day the large crowd that had come to the Passover Festival heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem.
So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet him, shouting, "Praise God! God bless him who comes in the name of the Lord! God bless the King of Israel!" 2
Jesus found a donkey and rode on it, just as the scripture says,
"Do not be afraid, city of Zion! 3 Here comes your king, riding on a young donkey."
His disciples did not understand this at the time; but when Jesus had been raised to glory, they remembered that the scripture said this about him and that they had done this for him.
The people who had been with Jesus when he called Lazarus out of the grave and raised him from death had reported what had happened.