Human pricing for me often defies logic. You name it…art…jewelry…there are some things that just have the expensive look, but there are others that I think are cheap, even worthless, and turn out to be of great value. Then there’s Jesus’ pricing system. His system turns me upside down. There are times like when “a woman”, identified as Mary from Bethany, takes really expensive oil (about $20,000) and anoints Jesus’ feet instead of selling it and giving it to the poor.
All this causes an uproar and sends Judas I over the edge. His course is set to be the traitor for thirty pieces of silver and death at the end of a rope he ties to a tree. What is it about our value system that can’t seem to synch with God’s value system? As I’ve said before—telling the truth about ourselves, to ourselves, is the greatest challenge we, as broken human beings face. Maybe things aren’t as they initially appear and Jesus’s exposure of the hypocrisy is the same thing he’d reveal in us today. Sobering thought.
It was now two days before the Festival of Passover and Unleavened Bread. The chief priests and the teachers of the Law were looking for a way to arrest Jesus secretly and put him to death. “We must not do it during the festival,” they said, “or the people might riot.” Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon, a man who had suffered from a dreaded skin disease.
While Jesus was eating, a woman came in with an alabaster jar full of a very expensive perfume made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on Jesus’ head. Some of the people there became angry and said to one another, “What was the use of wasting the perfume? It could have been sold for more than three hundred silver coins and the money given to the poor!” And they criticized her harshly.
But Jesus said, “Leave her alone! Why are you bothering her? She has done a fine and beautiful thing for me. You will always have poor people with you, and any time you want to, you can help them. But you will not always have me. She did what she could; she poured perfume on my body to prepare it ahead of time for burial. Now, I assure you that wherever the gospel is preached all over the world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”
Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve disciples, went off to the chief priests in order to betray Jesus to them. They were pleased to hear what he had to say, and promised to give him money. So Judas started looking for a good chance to hand Jesus over to them.
See you Sunday. Here’s what I have on my desk…
The 8th Annual CROP WALK is Sunday, April 23rd—12:00 Noon to 2:00 PM
Register at Burlingame Hall, 252 W Spain. Walk begins and ends at Burlingame Hall.
There are three ways you can support—WALK, DONATE OR DINE (ALL DAY on Wed. April 26th at participating restaurants). Sign up this morning at the Crop Walk table or see the flyer in your bulletin for more details. For more information—contact Carol Werner at 935-1235 or [email protected].
THE CARRTUNES ARE COMING TO ST. ANDREW!
Join us on Saturday evening, April 29th, 5:00 to 8:00 PM, for a great night of music performed by The Carrtunes. For those of you who would like to join us for a fun, appetizer party ($25 per couple/$15 per person), come at 5:00 PM! Three members of our own church are in this musical group. Bring a friend and let’s fill the house to support them and the youth group! A free-will offering will be taken to support our Youth Group’s Summer Mission Trip to San Diego—Caravan 2017.
CHILDREN, PARENTS AND VOLUNTEERS—REGISTRATION HAS BEGUN!
NEW & EXCITING PLANS ARE BEING MADE FOR OUR VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL & ARTS CAMP!
June 26TH through 30TH:
9:00 AM-11:30 AM: Maker Fun Factory Vacation Bible School: $35.00
11:30 AM-2:00 PM: Music Maker Arts Camp: $35.00 (includes lunch)