Unraveled

Let me set the table for us. While Jesus is having Passover with His disciples, during the supper, a woman, whom John identifies in His Gospel as Mary in John 12:3, Matty Nice rights in Matthew 26:7~a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table. (ESV) 

This was shocking! That is why when the disciples see this act, they are indignant. Matthew 26:8-9~…“Why this waste? For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.” (ESV) Let’s listen as this is recorded by another eyewitness in the Gospel of John. John 12: 4-5~But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor? (ESV) John 12:6~He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. (ESV) 

This is a wonderful example of well-meaning believers thinking they know what the Lord is up to. Jesus knows that in 3 days, 72 hours from this very dinner, His body will be laying in a borrowed tomb belonging to Joseph of Arimathea. (Mark 15:42-46) Aware of everything, Judas the devil who betrays, Simon the Rock who slips, sweet tender-hearted John who will follow all the unfolding events to come, and the future of His own demise, Jesus reprimands them by asking why they are rouwing? (26:10) Matthew 26:11~In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial. (ESV) Jesus says she gets it.

Do you get it? Do you recognize what Jesus is up to in your life? We sit and read and the Bible speaks into our lives. We run into someone who says the very same thing. We read a story and the Holy Spirit shares the same thing with us, but are we paying attention. The disciples are truly wonderful people, though I wonder about Judas. However, to this point, it seems only Mary gets it, and so she performs a beautiful act of love, knowing that it is a sacrifice for her Lord. What do you have that you could sacrifice for the Lord in your life or in the lives of those around you? What we are witnessing is two diverse views juxtaposed.

Mark 14:7~The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. (NIV) Jesus tells His disciples back in verse 10 Mary has done a beautiful, a good thing, (καλός kalos) The disciples would always have the poor to help, but in a couple of days, Jesus Christ the Son of God would no longer be with them. 

If you were a disciple of Jesus, who had just had your last supper with Him, what would you want to say? What are the final words you want to say to the Lord and Savior of the world? Today, why not take time to express those very words to the Lord. Take time to pour out your heart.


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