Friday 15 April 2022

Matthew 26:1-16 (NIV)

1 When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, 2 “As you know, the Passover is two days away—and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” 3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, 4 and they schemed to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 5 “But not during the festival,” they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.” 6 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper, 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table. 8 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked. 9 “This perfume could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor.” 10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” 14 Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.

Passover. Exodus 12 describes the original Passover. God’s people were to slaughter a lamb and spread the blood above their doorways as protection from God’s judgement. They were to prepare the lamb in a very specific way. God’s instructions were detailed and clear. 

Here in Matthew 26, we see the Passover lamb that God has actually been carefully preparing since the beginning of time. His own Son. Scripture has been pointing to this moment. Jesus has been speaking of this moment. And in God’s beautiful way He allows individual people to be part of this moment. Here a woman is allowed to be the one to pour the oil over Jesus, anointing him for burial. She is the one allowed to prepare God’s only Son for the moment that will rip His heart in two, but will forever allow us to live under the protection of His blood. 

Lord, thank you that we get to be part of your plan in ways we cannot always see. Thank you for your blood, Jesus, under whose covering I am free. Thank you that in this world of suffering we follow a God who did not spare Himself from suffering, but chose it for our sakes. Amen

Written by Rhiannon Mellor

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