RELIGIOUS LEADERS PLOT TO KILL JESUS
Jesus was nearing the end of his Journey. Matthew did not record much about Jesus teachings in his writings during this time. The book of John covers more. Jesus was telling the disciples that the end was near. Jesus had done this multiple times, Mat_16:21-28; Mat_17:22-23; Mat_20:17-19, but now it was near.
Mat 26:1 When Jesus had finished saying all these things, He said to His disciples, Mat over to be crucified."
Life Application Commentary New Testament says: 26:1-2 "That Jesus would be betrayed and crucified during Passover was deeply significant with respect to Jewish history. The “Passover” commemorated the night the Israelites were freed from Egypt (Exodus 12)—when God “passed over” homes marked by the blood of a lamb. This was the last great plague on Egypt when, in unmarked homes, the firstborn sons died. After this horrible disaster, Pharaoh allowed the Israelites to leave. Annually, Hebrew families would celebrate the Passover meal, a feast with the main course of lamb. The sacrifice of a lamb and the spilling of its blood commemorated Israel’s escape from Egypt, when the blood of a lamb painted on their doorposts had saved their firstborn sons from death. This event foreshadowed Jesus’ work on the cross. As the spotless Lamb of God, his blood would be spilled in order to save his people from the penalty of death brought by sin".
Mat 26:3 At that same time the leading priests and elders were meeting at the residence of Caiaphas, the high priest, Mat 26:4 plotting how to capture Jesus secretly and kill Him. Mat 26:5 "But not during the Passover celebration," they agreed, "or the people may riot."
The town of Jerusalem was normally 50,000 people but during Passover the town population would rise to 250,000. The belief is they went ahead with the arresting because of Judas Iscariot promising to hand Jesus over .
A WOMAN ANOINTS JESUS WITH PERFUME
Mat 26:6 Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy. Mat 26:7 While He was eating, a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume and poured it over His head.
Bethany is on the eastern slope of the Mount of Olives, Jerusalem is on the western side. This town was the home of Lazarus, Mary, and Martha. Simon had prepared a dinner for Jesus, Jesus had cured Simon from Leprosy. The woman that poured the perfume was most likely Mary.
Mat 26:8 The disciples were indignant when they saw this. "What a waste!" they said. Mat 26:9 "It could have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor." Mat 26:10 But Jesus, aware of this, replied, "Why criticize this woman for doing such a good thing to Me? Mat 26:11 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have Me.
This is Jesus giving the disciples a bit of a warning that his death was imminent. He would not be there to teach and educate them, nor heal the sick. That would now be their job.
Mat 26:12 She has poured this perfume on Me to prepare My body for burial. Mat 26:13 I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman's deed will be remembered and discussed."
Have we not heard this story many times? I have heard many sermons on this. It is a well known story. For young Christians it may be new and I hope you remember it. Jesus said it in verse 26:13 "I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman's deed will be remembered and discussed."