Pastor Herman Kneller Editorials
God's Secrets Revealed
The news of Lazarus's resurrection sparked a lot of thinking by the Jewish leaders, who were very upset over this. They wondered where all this would lead to for many people believing in Jesus of this miracle so they began to make serious plans to put Jesus to death along with Lazarus.
Someone made a supper for Jesus. Lazarus was at the supper people had come to see what a person looked like that had been dead for four days, then resurrected. Martha was there helping with the serving. Mary came in with a pound of ointment of spikenard (very costly) and began to anoint Jesus' feet with this ointment. She wiped His feet with her long, flowing hair. The room filled with the sweet smell of the costly ointment. All probably wondered what was going on.
Judas Iscariot spoke up and asked, “Why was this ointment not sold for 300 pence and given to the poor?” A pence was a day's wage. The ointment represented 300 days wages. A lot of money Judas called it a waste but he used the poor as an excuse for his thinking. He was the treasurer for the group of disciples and a thief. He just helped himself to the money he carried.
What a situation. One of Jesus' hostesses associates could only think of himself and money. The Jewish church leaders, all they could think about was importance and power.
Jesus said to Judas, “Leave her alone. She has done this for the day of my burial.” Jesus had talked about His death and burial but His disciples paid little attention to this for they too believed and hoped that Jesus would proclaim Himself king and they would be ministers.
Jesus then told Judas that the poor would always be there and he could help them any time, but, He would not always be.
Mary had come and done what she had not for money or power but to show her love for what He had done for her. Then Jesus said that the story of what Mary had done would be told wherever the gospel was.
Judas went to the priests and leaders and made a deal with them for to betray Him by showing them where He was. And, here was money and power again.
A few days after, there was the Passover and here Jesus, at the last supper, took on Him the role of a servant. He went around and washed the feet of His disciples. He did this to show them real power and love was in service. It was from here that Judas went and got people from the priests and came and took Jesus captive.
It was at the supper that Jesus told Peter that he would deny Him, Jesus. Peter said, “I would die for you.”
When Jesus allowed to let Himself be taken captive, most of the disciples fled. Some followed a long way behind. Judas suddenly saw himself for what he was.
When Jesus was taken into the high priest's judgment hall, Judas saw that Jesus made no effort to defend Himself and threw the money down before the high priest...then went and hanged himself.
Peter stayed outside by the fire with the men who had been part of the mob that took Jesus. When a man said to him, “You were with Jesus.” Peter said, “I don't know what you are saying.”
Another said, “You know Him.” Peter said again, “No I don't.”
Then another, who stood close by said, “You were with Him for your speech betrays you.” Then Peter began to curse and swear in denial. It was then that the rooster crowed and Peter remembered the words of Jesus. He went out and wept bitterly.
Peter felt bad and he repented for He knew the love that Jesus had for sinners. Was Judas worse than Peter? No. But, Peter repented and Judas did not. Jesus is willing to forgive all who truly repent and change their lives.
John said if we confess our sins, He (Jesus) is faithful and just to forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
What a wonderful Savior! ALL can find love, forgiveness, peace and eternal life through Him.