“Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair.
The house was filled with the fragrance.” John 12:3
“That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” John 12:4-5
He was being practical, even mission minded.
Doing something beautiful for Jesus did not feed the hungry!
How easy it is to miss the significance of an action when you look at it from a worldly perspective.
Judas did not have the things of God in mind, and as a consequence could see no worth in Mary’s action towards Jesus.
What Jesus received as an act of kindness, Judas saw as waste of money. Something that could be used by the ministry, “Given to the poor.”
Whenever you see things from an earthly perspective you will always miss the “Big Picture,” and will easily accept that which has no lasting value.
Judas’ vision was limited to that which he understood; he saw no merit in Mary’s action.
Judas judged Jesus for not stopping the waste.
He found Jesus lacking.
As a result, selling Jesus for 30 pieces of silver was an acceptable bargain.
Whenever Jesus fails to live up to your expectations, betraying Him becomes easy.
When you are disappointed with the Son of God, you will sell him for a handful on beads, and believe you have the best part of the bargain.
How often, when He failed to meet your expectations, did you exchange your loyalty to Him for something of little or no value?
Yet, He waits to receive you back.
“Come now, let’s settle this,” says the Lord.
“Though your sins are like scarlet, I will make them as white as snow.
Though they are red like crimson, I will make them as white as wool.”