When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.”
Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.”
Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, 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. And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.” But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial. Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”
by: Tim Bond.
Let’s take a look at this familiar Scripture in light of 1 Timothy 6:10a, “For the love of money is the root of all evil” (KJV). While Judas is always thought of as being the money-conscious disciple, he was not singled out in this passage. When a woman poured a valuable ointment that could have been sold on Jesus’ head, we learn the disciples were disturbed by this gift. Their focus was in the wrong place. Instead of recognizing how she had honored their Savior, they lamented the “waste” of resources. While we are called to be good stewards, we must never forget what is truly important.