Man, this passage has so much packed into it! Let’s take a quick overview of all that is going on:
- Jesus predicts his death and the Pharisees strategize how to make it happen. (v. 1-5)
- A woman anoints Jesus with oil, and in the process reveals the hearts of the disciples. (The disciple speaking is believed to be Judas Iscariot [the treasurer of the disciples], who would later betray Jesus for money.) (v. 6-16)
- Jesus takes the most sacred remembrance of the Jews (the Passover) and shows that He is the ultimate Passover Lamb. By instituting the Lord’s Supper, Jesus is showing that He is the ultimate forgiver of sins; He is the way people can have the curse of sin (death) truly taken from them. (v. 17-29)
- Jesus predicts Peter’s bold proclamations that he would not fall away from Jesus would not be true. (v. 30-35)
What can we walk away with from this packed portion of scripture? If I could sum this section up it would be:
Jesus’ sacrifice for our sin on the cross was not an accident, but an act of love for the glory of God.
What we can gather from these verses is Jesus knew His purpose was to die on the cross for our sins. He was not pressured into it. This week, when you think about all that is going on in your world—different trials or hardships, or maybe you have fallen back into sin that you can’t shake—it’s encouraging to remember that Jesus willingly died on the cross for your sin so that He might bring you to God. And with His death comes power to overcome sin and find hope in hopeless situations.
May you find hope and power in the cross today!
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Apprentice