Jesus’ Life: Chapter 12 – Jesus’ Ministry In Judea
Six days before the Feast of the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany the home of Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead. Mary and Martha, Lazarus’ sisters, prepared a meal for Jesus. Also, present at the meal was Judas Iscariot who later betrayed Jesus for thirty pieces of silver.
While at the table, Mary took a jar of expensive aromatic oil made from pure nard and anointed Jesus’ feet. On seeing this, Judas complained asking, why couldn’t the oil have been sold for 300 silver coins and the money given to the poor?
Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. Let her keep this for the day of my burial. You always have the poor with you, but you do not always have me.”
(“Now Judas said this not because he was concerned about the poor, but because he was a thief. As keeper of the [disciples] money box, he used to steal what was put into it”. – John 12:6) (Matthew 26:6-13, Mark 14:3-9, Luke 7:36-50, John 12:1-8)
Like Judas, our selfish thoughts are often not far from our actions, we must keep both in check!
Lord Jesus, may I forever respect the thoughts and works of others, seeing only good and giving only thanks. Strengthen my commitment to seek no reward in this life, only that of meeting you in the next.
Prayer: Union with Jesus
I give you my hands to do your work
I give you my feet to go your way
I give you my eyes to see as you do
I give you my tongue to speak your words
I give you my mind that you may think in me
I give you my spirit that you may pray in me
I give you my heart that you may love in me,
your Father and all mankind.
I give you my whole self that you may grow in me,
So that it is you, Lord Jesus,
who live and work and pray in me.