Today's passage: John 12:1-8
- Lazarus was still alive and well.
- Judas spoke out with a “holier-than-thou” attitude. His outward religiosity was a cover for his inward rebellion and greed.
- The perfume was worth almost a year's salary. He couldn't resist opening his mouth.
- Because the motive behind Judas' rebuke was not known by the rest, Jesus responded in a way that could have been a blessing for all around to hear.
- He told Judas to leave Mary alone.
- He encouraged Mary in what she had done.
- He announced the immanence of His death.
Questions to consider:
- Why would Lazarus' presence (Being alive in front of everyone) have been a problem for the unbelieving Pharisees? To what truths was his presence continually testifying?
- Was Jesus discouraging ministry to the poor in verse 8? When would concern for the poor have been more appropriate in that short span of time? After what events?
- What contrast was evident in the “fragrances” being emitted from the hearts of Mary and Judas (Philippians 4:18, 2 Corinthians 2:14-17)? Why do we do what we do?