Six days before the Passover.
No service on Sunday February 12th
Six days before the Passover
One of those people was Mary, the sister of Lazarus.
The other was Judas, one of the twelve disciples.
John hardly ever mentions Judas without adding that he would betray Jesus.
His betrayal was so heinous that they could never think of him in any other way.
Even today we call someone who has betrayed a close friend a “Judas”.
Mary loved Jesus so much.
She believed Him when He said that He would be killed in Jerusalem.
This dinner might be her last opportunity to show how much she loved Him.
In the Bible, the fragrant aroma is associated with a costly sacrifice.
Mary lived up to the standard Jesus set for loving someone.
and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
To love is to give sacrificially, laying down your life for the one you love.
Mary held back nothing.
She sacrificed her respectability.
She sacrificed her wealth.
She poured out all her love and devotion, her gratitude, humility, and worship that day.
Judas didn’t love Jesus. He didn’t love God.
He followed Jesus for what he thought he could get out of the deal.
Judas served his own interests. He loved this present world, and he loved money.
He was willing to lie, cheat, steal and even murder to get what he wanted.
Jesus exposed Judas for the hypocrite that he was.
Mary knew that the time of His departure drew near (Joh 13:1).
So she honored Him the best way she could.
Jesus didn’t come to bring peace, but a sword (Matt 10:34).
The hearts of Mary and Judas were laid bare that day in Bethany.
The Lord implores us to act as those sons of Light.