March 12 – Chronological Life of Jesus Day 51
…Jesus did not come to judge the world, but to save it. (John 3:17)
READ: John 12
On a chronological note, in today’s reading, the events actually occur before Matthew 21:18-46 and Mark 11:20-33.
In casual reading, someone would think that Jesus being anointed in verses 1-11 is the same account as in Matthew 26:2-13, but they differ quite significantly. As we read today, Jesus arrives at Lazarus, Martha, and Mary’s six days before the passover, where a dinner was given in his honor. It only mentions Judas Iscariot being on scene (unsure the location of the other disciples) and his having a huge ‘heart issue’ with Mary and her adorning action of pouring expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet. Now let’s take a look at Matthew 26–Jesus arrived two days before the Passover and an unnamed woman anointed Jesus, pouring her expensive perfume on his head, but in the home of a man named Simon the Leper. Unlike Judas in the account of John, the disciples rebuke this woman for her actions. I’m curious; where were the disciples when Jesus replied to Judas, “leave her alone”, referring to Mary? I wonder, had they not heard Jesus, or had Judas complained to them later about the confrontation? Had that led to the ‘power of suggestion’ reflecting the same kind of ‘heart issue’ for the disciples? At any rate, Jesus now told them “to leave her alone”.
Switching gears a bit, we’ve been reading that there is a plot to kill Jesus. I’m going to jump the gun a little and expound and say this is where it takes the turn and is laid out. As you read in Matthew 26, Judas, who again is present and probably even more angry observing the same type of so-called “waste” incident happening again, leaves. It is revealed that in Luke 22:3, Satan had actually entered him at this time, and he left to find the chief priest and other officials to betray Jesus. Can you feel all the hate and threat in these hearts of these chief priests? You can feel it in John 12:10 too; Lazarus got a ‘green light’ as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were putting their faith in Jesus.
Back to point, we witness in both accounts both women expressing their love for Jesus in a costly act of worship, spending the equivalent of a year’s wages in a few minutes of adoration. Both women obviously “believed” Jesus was God! Jesus was and is worth all of that and more. Judas, case and point, is a standard model of someone whose true god is money. For any person who enriches himself in ways that are sinful or unethical proves that money is his god.
In verses 12-19, it’s now five days before the Passover, and as Becky posted Monday, Jesus is riding in, so peaceful and gentle on his donkey, coming as the Prince of Peace, opposite of what the crowd, now beyond control, was expecting. They were expecting the Messiah but envisioned him differently, acting as a king that would lead them into a victorious battle against the Romans. Hence them shouting, “Hosanna”, which means ‘praise’, ‘joy’ along with ‘save, we pray’. Little did they know, He didn’t come as a king, He is the King, and he is about to win the battle forever. As we read in verse 15, “…your king is coming” (now a futuristic event and what a glorious event that will be), but the disciples did not understand any of this (vs.16). It wasn’t until Jesus was glorified– his crucifixion, dying, conquering death, ascension and even the receiving of the Holy Spirit that they fully understood.
Jesus had already predicted his death on several occasions to his disciples. Now he wants them to understand the purpose. It’s not an end but a beginning for anyone who chooses to “follow” Jesus. Jesus’ death would glorify God because it reveals the greatness of His LOVE (1 Corinthians 13:13). We can’t forget that it’s the beginning of the end of Satan’s rule.
I received a post card in the mail yesterday all the way from Lawton, Oklahoma, known as the “Holy City”; there were two verses:
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. (Psalm 100:4)
“- – – Walk while ye have light – -” (John 12:35), as if He knew I was going to be posting for John. (wink). What a verse to hold on to as we’re among even darker days.
You are closer and closer to Your ‘LOVE’ mission for us, both in the study and reality. You scream our rallying cry in verse 26: “Whoever serves me must ‘follow me’; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me”. Let me not forget this, all the days of my life.
Father, because of You, I have a light and an eternal guide. In the deepest part of my being and weightiness of my heart, I want the deaf and blind of the world to see Your glory and walk in Your light. I want to be a voice to glorify Your name. I love You…