Are You Sure? Teaching Blog #7
I want to draw your attention to an interesting point here because of all the disciples and apostles, there was a woman named Mary of Bethany that stood out, head and shoulders, above the rest in that Mary understood what was happening. Let me explain it further because every time we see Mary of Bethany in Scripture she is at the feet of Jesus. She is there when Jesus is teaching and everyone knows when Martha was serving and complaining about her, Jesus told her that Mary has chosen the good thing because she is at My feet listening to the Word. And when her brother, Lazarus, died we read that Mary once again sat at the feet of Jesus.
Mary had saved a year’s worth of wages to buy precious ointment for the burial of Jesus because she knew He was going to die. Stop and think about this for a moment because she prepared in advance for His death when the other apostles, after listening three and a half years to His teachings, were still confused at the last supper. But when she poured the ointment on the feet of Jesus we are told in John’s gospel that it was Judas who asked why it was not sold and given to the poor? Jesus told them the poor will be with you always, but you will not have Me with you always. In other words, you need to focus on Me and who I Am and what I am about to do.
Before we look at Judas and the night of the betrayal, I first want to explain that Judas was paid for his information on the whereabouts of Jesus. He was paid to lead the Roman soldiers to an obscure place where Jesus would be away from the crowds. You see, they could have seized Jesus at any time but they wanted to take Him in the stealth of night, quietly. Once He was arrested, Judas told them to lead Jesus away safely. He never thought Jesus would be harmed, but his plan went awry and afterwards he felt remorse.
While we look at Judas as this evil man we have to ask ourselves: What was he thinking? Because whatever his plan may have been Judas thought it was better than Jesus’ plan. Maybe he wanted to move Jesus into a position for his own selfish gain or perhaps it was just for the thirty pieces of silver. Either way, Judas never thought Jesus would be executed or crucified. Can you understand a little more about why Jesus told His disciples that all things were about Him and what He was about to accomplish for mankind? Our focus should always be on Jesus because it is always about Him, not us. Amen.