The Need for a Traitor
1Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 2“But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.”
3While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
4Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? 5It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages5 Greek than three hundred denarii and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
6 “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7The poor you will always have with you,7 See Deut. 15:11. and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 8She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. 9Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
10Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. 11They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
It’s Wednesday of Holy Week
What happened on that day?
- Jesus was anointed by an unnamed woman in the house of Simon the leper.
- This woman was scolded for ‘wasting’ expensive oils.
- Judas went to the chief priests to betray Jesus.
How much is ‘too much’ when expressing our love for Jesus?
Jesus said, “The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want.” How is this Scripture misused in today’s society?
The disciples dearly loved Jesus and had spent three years with him at this point. However, they often still missed the point. Even in our love and worship of Jesus, how might we still be missing the point? What is it that we may be trying to do ‘right’ that is so wrong?
Debbie Reese is Co-Directing Pastor of Calvary UMC