Anointing and betrayal marked my bible reading today. There's such a stark contrast between the woman who prepared Jesus for death and the man who sold Him into it.
One poured a family heirloom perfume worth a year's wages to show her gratitude for her Savior; the other sold Him out for a mere 30 pieces of silver.
Before you praise one and despise the other, recognize that both were needed to fulfill Jesus' destiny. Or at least that's what I'm learning - you really can't have good without evil. Even when horrible deeds rear their ugly head, the Lord can turn those around for good.
Take the pandemic, for instance. Yes, I'm talking about the virus that's kept us locked in fear for the last year. There is still good coming from this time. I've heard story after story about people coming together, connecting with their families, and people reassessing the path their life was on.
As I prepare to close out this season of my life and step back into my regular routine again, I'm taking with me so many lessons. Lessons I pray will stay with me. I'll talk more about those tomorrow—no need to get ahead of myself.
Putting myself in the story of the woman with the alabaster jar, the traitor, the Pharisees, and Jesus, I wonder where I fit. I pray that I'd have the courage to be the woman who anointed Jesus with gratitude, but I realize that I could just as easily be Judas.
Where would you put yourself in the story? Take some time to reflect on your answer and praise Jesus that He paid it all for us - even though we didn't deserve it then and don't deserve it now.
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