Mark 14:1-31

The story of Jesus’ anointing is also reported in Matt. 26:6–13 and in John 12:1–8, where the woman is identified as Mary, the sister of Martha and Lazarus. She pours oil worth about a years wages over Jesus’ head. Some are offended, but Jesus defends her. She is showing more care and devotion than the disciples are, even though they are the ones He’s revealed His future to. As a result, her act of devotion is remembered to this day.

And her act of devotion is set in opposition to an act of betrayal. Judas agrees to betray Jesus for money. Jesus knows this, and even reveals to the disciples that one of them will turn on Him. They all declare their devotion, especially Peter! But Jesus knows what will happen, and foretells that they will all deny Him before it’s over.

However, even knowing that, Jesus is still willing to die for them – and us! The Passover Meal foreshadows His role as the Lamb of God who takes away our sins. He gave His body and blood for us, and if we believe in His sacrifice, we will be saved. We who are just as sinful, belligerent, and ignorant as the disciples! We can be forgiven; but not those who willingly and willfully embrace their sin and refuse to believe. Not those who betray the Lord and Savior who created them.

Mark 14:21 “The Son of Man indeed goes just as it is written of Him, but woe to that man by whom the Son of Man is betrayed! It would have been good for that man if he had never been born.”

Once again we’re reminded that none of this caught God by surprise: “just as it is written.” He created us, knowing that we would turn from Him. He came to earth, knowing that we would reject Him. And yet He still was willing to suffer and die for us. That’s just amazing grace!

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