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Judas: Blinded by Desire

What a contrast between the woman who anointed Jesus with ointment worth a year's wages, and Judas who betrayed him for a relative pittance. Which are we?


In Mark 14:111, we read about a battle that was waged over Christ in the final days of his earthly life.

"It was now two days before the Passover and the feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest [Jesus] by stealth, and kill him; for they said, 'Not during the feast, lest there be a tumult of the people.'

"And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. But there were some who said to themselves indignantly, 'Why was the ointment thus wasted? For this ointment might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii, and given to the poor.' And they reproached her. But Jesus said, 'Let her alone; why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. For you will always have the poor with you, and whenever you will, you can do good to them; but you will not always have me. She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burying. And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.'

"Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. And when they heard it they were glad, and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to betray him."

There are many mysteries of human tragedy that have never been solved; they taunt us with their unanswered questions. Think of the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Who really did it? How did it really happen? The assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., which came to our attention recently because of the recanting ...

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Mark 14:1-11 describes the battle waged over Christ in his final days.

I. (The tension between giving God your best in worship and giving to God's work will always be with us.)

II. (When we refuse Jesus's idea of who he is and what his kingdom looks like, we fall vulnerable to Satan.)

III. (When we see Jesus as a cause and not Christ, we create God in our image and idolize our desires.)

IV. (Rather than honoring Jesus as a cause, worship him as a person.)


Is Jesus a cause or an ideal?