(3-9) Jesus Anointed at Bethany
This woman who anointed Jesus the Christ at Bethany did not ask the opinion of others before she acted. She did not ask the disciples if she should or shouldn’t pour the expensive ointment on Jesus’ head. She simply did what God had put in her heart to do, and Christ Himself called it “a beautiful thing”.
Christ also praised her for doing what she could. She could not do what Simon of Cyrene did and carry Jesus’ cross to His crucifixion. She could not do what Joseph of Arimathea did and donate a personal tomb for Jesus’ burial. But she could anoint Jesus in preparation for His burial, and that is exactly what she did. Christ expects us to do what we can for Him, and then He will do the rest.
(10-11) Judas to Betray Jesus
Judas’ betrayal led to Jesus’ arrest, trial, and death, but it was not God Who made Judas betray His Son. Judas willfully decided to sin. God used that willful decision to have His purpose accomplished so that all sin – including Judas’ treachery – could be forgiven.
Favorite verse: (6) But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.