Wednesday of Passion Week

[Wednesday] The religious leaders finalize a plot to kill Jesus as a political revolutionary before the Feast of Unleavened Bread. (Mark 14:1) Even the disciples were hoping and planning to be a part of a political revolution; however, Jesus didn`t come to kick out the Romans, but to die on a cross [aka Good Friday] taking the punishment that we all deserve on himself.

Mary responded in worship as she anointed Jesus with costly perfume. Both John 12:5 and Mark 14:5 record that the perfume was about a year's wages for the typical laborer and came in an expensive alabaster flask that Mary broke before Him as sacrificial act.

Judas ...who had earned their respect and trust as the group’s treasurer... did not voice his displeasure about Mary in front of Jesus, but led a private discussion among the disciples voicing shock that the gift was not redeemed for money and given to the poor. "This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it" (John 12:6). The disciples took their complaint - framed as a sharp rebuke - to Mary (Mark 14:4-5). Jesus knew their thoughts and words and rebuked them. (John 12:6)

At that moment, there was a higher need to be met than earthly poverty because Christ was about to die. He was nearing the end of his earthly ministry and soon He would be with them no more. He had told them this already. There was a symbolic significance to the act that had been sovereignly designed by God Himself. Jesus said, "For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial" (Matthew 26:12).

It may well be that Christ's rebuke on that occasion sealed a growing disillusionment in Judas's mind. Judas was questioning the Messianic credentials of Jesus. After all, like nearly everyone else, he expected a Messiah who would deliver Israel from Roman oppression and establish His throne. Judas (as well as the other disciples) no doubt had hoped to share in the glory and power of that kingdom (cf. Matthew 20:20-21). But as Jesus talked more and more about His rejection and impending death, Judas lost enthusiasm for following Him. He had hung on for three years hoping Jesus would take the throne of David and elevate him. His motives all along appear to have been greed and a selfish thirst for power. As Judas saw the potential profits evaporate, he may have decided then and there to make up for the loss by selling Jesus into the hands of His enemies.

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1 Stacey - Wed, April 1, 2015 @ 8:55 PM

Are we losing enthusiasm for him when it doesn't look like what we pictured? Like Judas, we can tend to be in it for what we gain. I pray I will follow, even when it looks different than what I had envisioned.

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