Saturday, March 21, 2015

Jesus anointed at Bethany

3.21.2015 Saturday of Lent 4                       Mark 14:1-11 Jesus Anointed at Bethany

Jesus anointed at Bethany

In the town of Bethany, where Jesus often stayed, and in the house of a man who was known as Simon the Leper a woman arrives with an alabaster jar of costly and expensive perfume, and proceeds to anoint the head of Jesus. This act of love and devotion, which is mentioned, even to this day, is a prelude to what will transpire in the coming week. She poured perfume on Jesus body beforehand to prepare for His burial. Jesus must remind us again, within a week I will be gone.

According to John, It was Judas who growled at her; rebuking her vehemently. “It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages! The money could have been given to the poor! Why this waste!” Judas didn't say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief. He was in charge of the moneybag and would steal what was put into it.[2]

Mark reminds us concerning the timeframe in which these things took place. The Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were only two days away. The religious elite were looking for the opportunity to destroy Jesus by having Him arrested and killed. But the timing had to be perfect. “Not during the Feast,” they said, “or the people may riot.” Judas Iscariot changes everything when he meets with the leadership. They promise him money. He will keep watch for an opportunity to hand Jesus over to them.

Nothing is left to chance when it comes to your salvation. The Father’s plan came to fruition at the right time exactly. Jesus will execute this plan perfectly. Nothing is left to chance. The stakes are too high. There is no other way. In this we know the Father’s love for you. Nothing is left to chance.

Mercifully hear our prayers, O Lord, and spare all those who confess their sins to you; that those whose consciences are accuse by sin may by your merciful pardon be absolved; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen[3]

[1] Schnorr von Carolsfeld woodcuts © WELS permission granted for personal and congregational use
[2] John 12:4-6
[3] Collect for Saturday of Lent 4,

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