152. Anointing- Matt. 26:1-16, Mark 14:3-9, Luke 7:36-50, John 12:2-8
-We start with what appears to be the first of two incidents where Jesus was anointed by a woman. The first was in a Pharisees’ house where the woman came in and wiped His feet with her remorseful tears and kissed His feet and anointed them with an alabaster flask of ointment. The Pharisee had not given Jesus water for His feet, no kiss, and did not anoint His head with oil when He entered his house. In comparison the woman went out of her way to attend to the Christ’s needs. The Lord’s point is clear with the Pharisee in His illustration story, the one who is forgiven much will love much and the one who is forgiven little will love little (Luke 7:47). Jesus forgave her sins, which caused quite some controversy, and His final statement is important, “Your faith has saved you; go in peace (Luke 8:50).” *Application* This instance demonstrates the thankfulness we need to have toward our Lord and Savior for all that He has delivered us from. Also, it should remind us that those who have had a horrible past can be restored and are many times the ones that are most thankful and most effective in service for the King. Don’t be arrogant concerning a person’s past and discredit their future. With God all things are possible in the reconciliation process (Matthew 19:26, Mark 10:27).
-The other instance of an anointing occurs right before Christ’s crucifixion and burial in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, where Mary (simply indentified as a woman in Matthew and Mark), the sister of Martha and Lazarus (John 11:1-19) pours the alabaster ointment on the Head of Christ in preparation for His burial, as Jesus puts it. He assures the guests that observed this act that it was righteous and that it would be remembered throughout the course of gospel history in the whole world (which has certainly come to pass). The disciples, with the spokesman being the pilfering betrayer Judas Iscariot, were indignant and deceitfully remarked about using the money from this having greater potential with the poor. Jesus rebuked them and let them know that there would always be opportunity to help the poor, but He was only with them at this particular time. Had they really realized the significance of this moment and the fact that they were in the presence of Almighty God, their reaction would probably have been much different. Their eyes and ears were still somewhat dull and unperceptive. Jesus corrects them on this and commends the woman’s act of kindness done unto Him. *Application* The issue for us here is to consider our love and devotion to the King of kings and Lord of lords. We must anoint Him as God and Lord every day in our lives by coming into His presence and worshipping at His feet. For Mary to wipe the feet of Jesus with her hair, she had to bow before Him. We must also come humbly before Him every day and all the time for recognition as to who He is. It is only in this manner that we can rise up and do the service of our great and mighty King in the world in which we live. “Bless the LORD O my soul and all that is within me, bless His Holy Name (Psalm 103)!”
Verse to Memorize- Luke 7:47
153. Judas Iscariot plans Jesus’ betrayal- Matt. 26:14-16, Mark 14:10-11, Luke 22:3-6, John 13:2
-Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, goes to the chief priests and works out a deal for his own personal benefit to betray the Lord Jesus Christ. He is awarded 30 pieces of silver for the delivering over of the Lord to the religious authorities by seeking an opportunity to betray Him in the absence of a crowd. Some have speculated that Judas may have had decent motives in this activity. They will give him too much benefit of the doubt and say that perhaps he was simply trying to usher in the Kingdom by force through instigating a conflict. This in my opinion is a short-sighted misinterpretation of the Scriptures. John and Luke are very poignant that Satan had filled his heart and only had greedy and evil intent with this betrayal (Luke 22:3, John 13:2). Judas Iscariot goes down as one of the greatest villains of all time by denying the Lord Jesus. *Application* Anytime greed and selfish motivation become our foray we are in deep trouble with the Lord. Be careful not to turn away from God and His plans for your life by seeking your own desires and the world’s pleasures. It could absolutely mean your demise and lead to your destruction.
Verse to Memorize- Luke 22:6