I suggest that you read Mark chapter 14, verses 1 through 11 before proceeding in this post.
During this meal, a woman shows up and makes her way to the feet of Jesus. She opens a bottle of expensive perfume (approximately $40,000 in our economy) and pours it on the Lord’s feet. This caused quite a stir among the crowd.
Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
But wait a minute! How did it get to this stage? I think that the answer may surprise you.
According to John 12:4-5, Judas was the first person to mention the price of the perfume. He objected to its being poured out on Jesus’ feet. Then, in Matthew 26:8-9, we see the rest of the disciples picking up this attitude.
I believe that it wasn’t until Judas and the disciples started their fuss, that the crowd heard it and ran with it. I’m sure that it took some time for this attitude to build up. Then the crowd got angry and eventually said something to the woman.
This should be a lesson to us. We need to watch what we say and the attitude that comes across. Too often we’re guilty of giving the world ammunition to aim at the church.
I find it interesting that people who’ve never set foot inside a church will say that all the church wants is your money. Where did they hear that from? Was it from a believer who was upset that the pastor actually taught about tithing? We need to be careful.
“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.”
Jesus makes some interesting statements to the crowd. If you put it into modern terms, He said, “Let it go!” and “Get off her back!” The Lord made it clear that they had placed a heavy burden on her.
When the woman heard the crowd, she probably started to second-guess herself. She might have thought, “I’ll never do something like that again.” Many times, because they’re misunderstood, people are hurt and then they don’t do anything else for God.
It’s clear that she had done something prompted by the Holy Spirit. She was anointing Christ to prepare Him for burial. This was something she had no way of knowing in the natural. This woman was operating in the wisdom of God.
“I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them.
This story has a sad ending. In the original Greek, these two sentences are connected by the word “and”. I believe that Judas was upset at being called out for his bad attitude. It was the final act that made him seek to betray Jesus for money.
Don’t let your attitude mess up your walk with God. Keep it in check by the Holy Spirit and don’t let it affect others around you.
Question: How has the attitude of others caused your attitude to change?
© 2018 Nick Zaccardi