The Deal Is Made
Matthew 26:6–13, Mark 14:3–9, John 12:1-8
On Wednesday, we find Jesus at dinner in the home of Lazarus, Mary,and Martha in Bethany. I imagine He was held in great honor there since this was the home of the man He had recently raised from the dead.
Mary showed Jesus great respect by washing his feet with very costly ointment, a pound of it at that. She also wiped His feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. What a display of love that was in front of all who were present.
Judas did not see this as an act of love, but waste. He complained that Mary had used precious oil that could have been sold to help the poor. He was not genuine in his complaint. John 12:6 says, “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.”
Jesus told Judas that what Mary had done was a beautiful thing. She showed genuine honor and love for Him in this one act of kindness. He reminded them, again, of his death that was coming soon by saying,
“she has anointed my body beforehand for burial”
Now, the chief priests and the scribes were plotting to arrest Jesus but were afraid to do it in front of the crowds. They were motivated by fear and cowardice. But on this same day that Mary showed such great honor to her Lord, Judas openly betrayed Him to the cowardly priests and scribes with the same self-serving attitude. His question to priests was, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?”
You can see the difference of value our Lord had in the hearts of Mary and Judas. Precious in one and exchangeable in another. In just a few days, Jesus would be dead.
If you are a believer, what value was Jesus to you before he changed you? How precious is He to you now?