Wednesday of Holy Week

 

It was Wednesday and Jesus had just finished all He had to say to the disciples on the Mt of Olives, (known as the Olivet Discourse). He reminded the disciples that the Passover feast was only two days away and that He would be handed over to be crucified.

Matthew 26:1-16

1 When Jesus had finished all these words, He said to His disciples,
2 “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son ofMan is to be handed over for crucifixion.”
3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people were gathered together in the court of the high priest, named Caiaphas;
4 and they plotted together to seize Jesus by stealth and kill Him.
5 But they were saying, “Not during the festival, otherwise a riot might occur among the people.”
6 Now when Jesus was in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper,
7 a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at the table.
8 But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, “Why this waste?
9 “For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.”
10 But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me.
11 “For you always have the poor with you; but you do not always have Me.
12 “For when she poured this perfume on My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial.
13 “Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.”
14 Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests
15 and said, “What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?” And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him.
16 From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to betray Jesus.

Did you notice what the religious leaders were doing? What was their concern?

What do you learn in verses 6-13 about the woman? The disciples?

What were the woman’s actions a testimony of?

What was Jesus’ response?

In verses 14-15 what did you learn about Judas?

 

Judas was not a victim of circumstances; he was the fulfillment of prophecy (Ps 41:9, 55:12-14). The deal had been made, Judas gave his word and money had been exchanged. Now the religious leaders were looking to Judas to get rid of their biggest problem, Jesus of Nazareth.                                                  
Recommended Reading:

  • John 12:1-8
  • Matthew 16:21-23
  • Mark 14:10-11
  • Luke 22:3-6

 

 This blog was originally posted on the Precept Ministries International’s blog “Established.” To see more Holy Week posts by the Precept Team click here.

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