HOST: Ron House
Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”
It is hard to believe that one could spend so much time with Jesus and not be completely changed by Him. How could Judas be an apostle of the Lord and still be so enamored with worldly riches that he is characterized by John as “a thief”? Apparently, this was not a new problem for Judas. John says that it was his practice to take money out of the money box with which he had been entrusted. His mind and heart were given to physical things, so much so that he resented this act of love and honor that was being bestowed upon Jesus. Mark reveals that it was this event that prompted Judas to go to the chief priests for the purpose of betraying Jesus to them (Mark 14:10-11). Other than revealing the character of Judas, what can this text teach us? I believe that it is a grim reminder of the power and danger of the attraction of worldly things. If we allow them to, the things of this world can occupy our hearts in a way that leaves no room for Christ and causes us to betray Him just as Judas did. It is no wonder that Jesus warns us that we “cannot serve God and money” (Matthew 6:24).
Why do you think that worldly things are such a powerful temptation?
Don’t forget to pray and have a great day!