Mark 14: 1-11 (NIV) 1 Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 2 “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.” 3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. 4 Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? 5 It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly. 6 “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.9 Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” 10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. 11 They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
The Inevitable Do you know of something that is coming up that you do not want to face? Whether it is a difficult surgery, a problem at work, “the talk” with your spouse because you’ve been fighting the past couple of days, or a visit with the in-laws? If there is one thing that most humans are bad at, it is getting real about the inevitable. This is a difficult thing to do, but if anyone should be good at this, it should be those who follow Christ. Why? Getting real about the inevitable is about confronting our fears with faith and choosing to live with joy and hope. In Mark 14:8 Jesus says, “She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial.” This was one of the numerous times that Jesus decided to bring up the inevitable with his disciples: He was sent to die. Although you think the disciples should understand better than anyone what Jesus was going to go through, they never showed an evidence of true comprehension. Many of us, like the disciples, can find ourselves living in denial of reality, fear of an impending reality to the point of paralysis, or are overwhelmed with the thought of a certain reality to the point of despair. It sounds kind of funny that death is a part of the greatest week ever, but for Jesus, it was the inevitable, and He faced it with faith, not fear. What are things in your life that you fear? What inevitable events are you having to face? How would these events change if you faced them with faith instead of fear?