. . . a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table. - Matthew 26:7 ESV
. . . and [Judas] said, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” And they paid him thirty pieces of silver. - Matthew 26:15 ESV
What a contrast! There was a woman who valued Jesus more than her most precious possession. The ointment she poured on Jesus’ head was “very expensive” and if sold could have provided for many people’s needs. She broke the jar and poured every drop onto Him. To the disciples and to others, this act seemed irresponsible, but not to Jesus.
On the other hand, there is Judas. He went to the religious leaders to ask what they would be willing to give him for delivering Jesus to them. Thirty pieces of silver. Wow! Judas had walked with Jesus for a few years. He had seen the healings, heard the teachings, experienced the miraculous. Judas knew Jesus like few others (well, like only 11 others)! Yet, here he is selling him out for next to nothing.
The contrast: a woman gave her all, Judas sold out for little. Obviously, Matthew wants us to see the contrast and cry out, “O Lord, teach me to love You like her!” Which will it be?
When the woman poured the ointment on Jesus, it was mere days before His trial and crucifixion. The scent probably lingered on His head and body during that time (being of high quality). Did He catch the scent sometimes while on trial, while on the cross, and did it bring Him some slight comfort? Even seemingly trivial things done for Jesus are a great fragrance to Him!
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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