What a rich passage to read today!
In it we learn about:
- The woman with the alabaster jar
- Judas deciding to betray Jesus
- The Last Supper
- Peter’s denial of Jesus
I hope you enjoyed reading it – if you haven’t read the passage yet – stop and do that now. God’s Word is WAY more important than my thoughts.
There’s so much I could say today for Mark 14, but I was most moved by the story of the woman in the beginning of the chapter. The priests and religious leaders were trying to capture and kill Jesus and He knew it. They were sneaky – but you can never outsmart Jesus.
Jesus went to Simon’s house – the Bible tells us this is the Simon who was cured of leprosy by Jesus. Leprosy, as you know, was a terrible, incurable disease. Jesus had healed Simon and they were undoubtedly celebrating this.
While Jesus is there, a woman anoints Him with an alabaster vial of costly perfume – pure nard. This was painstakingly imported and used for burial on dead bodies. It had value because of its characteristics and rarity. According to the text, it could have been sold for 300 denarii or about $50 (no small sum for the poor in Jesus day). Immediately Jesus’ critics (and Judas Iscariot) start in – “why wasn’t this sold and the money given to the poor,” they said. They didn’t care about the poor – this was simply a vain argument to accuse Jesus.
Jesus defended the actions of the woman – “leave her alone” – He said. She’s done a good thing. Others will hear of her action and her heart.
This story brings up some questions for us to ask ourselves today:
- What have we given to Jesus recently that cost us something great?
- Are we quick to criticize others for their costly gifts rather than focus on ourselves?
- Jesus obviously had the advantage – He could see into this woman’s heart. What does Jesus see in your heart today? Selfishness? Love? Passion? Frustration? Love for God?
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor