Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2
So they gave a dinner for him there.
Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table. 3
Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
4 But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, 5 “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?”
6 He said this, not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief, and having charge of the moneybag he used to help himself to what was put into it. 7
Jesus said, “Leave her alone, so that she may keep it for the day of my burial. 8 For the poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me.”
Jesus, his beloved see with Joy, is being given a dinner party. And being thanked for saving Lazarus. Events surrounding Jesus are increasingly charged.
Remember with me, the Temple Guards were sent to retrieve Jesus much earlier and they returned without Jesus saying in awe - "No one ever spoke the way this man does," the guards replied.
Jesus would decide in God's Plan the time of His life's surrender. Let's look at the vital point being shown this in John's 12th Chapter. The Disciple John wanted us to fully understand Jesus could save Himself.
And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. 28 Father, glorify your name.”
Then a voice came from heaven: “I have glorified it, and I will glorify it again.”
The crowd that stood there and heard it said that it had thundered. Others said, “An angel has spoken to him.” 30
Jesus answered, “This voice has come for your sake, not mine. 31 Now is the judgment of this world; now will the ruler of this world be cast out. 32
And I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all people to myself.”
He said this to show by what kind of death he was going to die. 34
So the crowd answered him, “We have heard from the Law that the Christ remains forever. How can you say that the Son of Man must be lifted up? Who is this Son of Man?” 35
So Jesus said to them, “The light is among you for a little while longer. Walk while you have the light, lest darkness overtake you. The one who walks in the darkness does not know where he is going. 36 While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light.”
When Jesus had said these things, he departed and hid himself from them.
Though he had done so many signs before them, they still did not believe in him
John describes how Jesus was hidden from the crowd.
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him.
1 John 1:5
This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all.
Paul describes this as well -
“About noon as I came near Damascus, suddenly a bright light from heaven flashed around me. 7 I fell to the ground and heard a voice say to me, ‘Saul! Saul! Why do you persecute me?’
8 “‘Who are you, Lord?’ I asked.
“ ‘I am Jesus of Nazareth, whom you are persecuting,’ he replied. 9 My companions saw the light, but they did not understand the voice of him who was speaking to me.
10 “‘What shall I do, Lord?’ I asked.
“ ‘Get up,’ the Lord said, ‘and go into Damascus. There you will be told all that you have been assigned to do.’ 11 My companions led me by the hand into Damascus, because the brilliance of the light had blinded me.
Matthew 12:53, 54
Do you think that I cannot appeal to my Father, and he will at once send me more than twelve legions of angels? 54 But how then should the Scriptures be fulfilled, that it must be so?”
1 John 4:9
This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
Help us each day to read Your Words and live them. Creating the path You would have us lead, in the Name of Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.