Not much was recorded for this day according to Matthew, Mark or Luke. John skips past this day and started His Eye witness account of the Passover feast. However, Jesus and His disciples continued to go to the Temple and teach and preached the Gospel in the morning daily “And in the day time He (Jesus) was teaching in the temple; and at night He went out, and abode in the mount that is called the mount of Olives. And all the people came early in the morning to Him in the temple, for to hear Him.” Luke 21:37-38
Why was this so significant to mention? Why did they stay at the Mount of Olives instead of Bethany where Mary, Martha and Lazarus lives? The Garden of Gethsemane is at the foot of the Mount of Olives where Jesus likes to pray and have communion with His Father (God), “He (Jesus) went forth with His disciples over the brook Cedron (Kidron), where was a garden (Garden of Gethsemane), into the which He entered, and His disciples…for Jesus ofttimes resorted thither with His disciples.” John 18:1-2
So Jesus and His disciples went from the Mount of Olives to the Temple to teach and preach the Gospel this morning. And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, He said unto His disciples, Ye know that after two days is the feast of the Passover, and the Son of Man is betrayed to be crucified Matthew 26:1-2
When the narratives of the Holy Bible says “days,” it’s very literally specific. They measure day as 12 hrs. And night also as 12 hrs. Unlike Gentiles definition of days generally meaning 24 hr. period. Therefore Jesus is referring here to two actual days as in today and tomorrow which equals 2 “days”. And that’s how the Holy Bible actually means.
This is very important when following details in Christ’s death and resurrection because He really did raise from the dead after three “days.” Friday (the day of His Crucifixion), Saturday (the Sabbath day) and Sunday morning (starting 6 am. equals 3 days literally) So He’s saying, “after two days is the feast of the Passover” These words of Jesus, are giving us address that He did speak these word on Wednesday because He is referring today and tomorrow are two days. Tomorrow evening is the Passover.
After that, Jesus and His disciples went from the Temple back to Bethany at the house of Simon. Meanwhile, the chief priests, scribes and elders gathered together at the palace of the high priest, ploting to kill Jesus Matthew 26:3-13 “Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtilty, and kill Him. But they said, Not on the feast day, lest there be an uproar among the people. (little did they know this was the fulfilling of Scripture as it was written about Jesus Christ over 500 year before Christ’s birth in Psalm 41:7)
Now when Jesus was in Bethany, in the house of Simon the leper, There came unto Him a woman having an alabaster box of very precious ointment, and poured it on His head, as He sat at meat. But when His disciples saw it, they had indignation, saying, To what purpose is this waste? For this ointment might have been sold for much, and given to the poor.
When Jesus understood it, He said unto them, Why trouble ye the woman? for she hath wrought a good work upon Me. For ye have the poor always with you; but Me ye have not always. For in that she hath poured this ointment on My body, she did it for My burial. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached in the whole world, there shall also this, that this woman hath done, be told for a memorial of her.
Last Saturday in Bethany, Mary the sister of Martha and Lazarus took Spikenard and anointed Jesus’ feet with it. Today another woman from Bethany, anointed Jesus’ head with very expensive perfume as well. Both times Jesus reveals the purpose behind this anointing “For in that she hath poured this ointment on My body, she did it for My burial.”
The spiritual application to this act of adoration that binds the Gospel of Jesus Christ together, which truly is a memorial to this unnamed woman and a lot of people skim over the significance behind it all. Both women were being led by the Spirit of God (the Holy Spirit) to anoint Jesus for burial, and I doubt they had any idea the meaning behind this truly prophetic act.
There was nothing special about this Spikenard oil in itself other than it was described as “very precious.” What made it expensive to buy? The oil is derived from the root of the nard plant which grows in Asia, was then imported to India to be processed into an aromatic oil, stored in alabaster boxes, then imported again from India to Israel. Alabaster is gypsum (sulfate of lime)
Now the spiritual application points to Jesus’ death. In order to be cleansed from sin (according to the sacrificial law of the Old Testament) there has to be a blood sacrifice for the atonement for sins. We will find in 44 hours or so what Jesus went through to give those who believe and follow Him with a penitent heart, eternal life.
Now Jesus is that sacrificial Lamb. And His precious blood will be shed for the remission of sins. The revelation doesn’t stop there, He is also full of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:13-17) and tomorrow He will reveal to His disciple that He must die, resurrect from the dead and ascend back into Heaven in order for the Holy Spirit to be given (John 15:26 & 16:7)
Now in the Old Testament days the oil is symbolically referring to the Holy Spirit. In the Holy Temple, priests were commanded by God to keep the Menorah burning day and night. They had to replenish the oil daily in order for the flames of the Menorah to continually burn without ceasing, representing the Fire of the Holy Spirit.
So as that alabaster box had to broken, in order to get that precious oil … As So Jesus had to be broken physically for us to be cleansed from sins with His precious blood and receive the baptism and anointing (fire) of the Holy Spirit of God in that very order. And this prophetic act points to those promises to His children.
Then entered satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve (Luke 22:3) went unto the chief priests, And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver Him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver. And from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him. Matthew 26:14-16
The Dossier of Judas Iscariot
What do we really know about Judas? He seems to be a tag-along vega bond who didn’t really say too much. What we do know about him is that Jesus chose him to be one of His disciples (Matthew 10:1-4). Jesus also appointed him as treasurer of the ministry. And it is also said of him, he was a thief, although nobody knew that at the time till after all that was said and done when the Holy Spirit revealed this, as they wrote the Gospel. This is why when he did speak, he was concerned about money (John 12:4-6)
Judas was stealing from the ministry and needed to replenish what he stole. He decides to sell his soul and went to the chief priest’s to betray Jesus for thirty pieces of silver, perhaps the amount he stole. Judas was then filled with the devil this day to carry out the plot of betrayal. Which was satan’s plan all along behind the scenes, thinking if he can slither in and divide the disciples and gets rid of Jesus Christ, he destroys the whole salvation plan of God. But little did he know that God would beat satan at his own game.
And this, (I believe) Jesus knew from the very beginning and that’s why He chose Judas because if He hadn’t, He knew He would not have died on the cross for the salvation and remission for sins.
Think about it! It’s curious why Jesus did not choose Matthew to be His treasurer. He would have been a perfect candidate. Matthew was a tax collector by trade (Matthew 9:9 & 10:3), repented of his sins. Therefore, he is more trust worthy to be treasurer and have more experience handling money. But Jesus did not appoint him???
Which proves absolutley Jesus knows the thought of every man (Matthew 9:4) which would prove His divinity beside the virgin birth (Matthew 1:18-23) of what He said to His disciple roughly 2 weeks back or so as they were in Galilee traveling towards Jerusalem:
“And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of Man shall be betrayed into the hands of men: And they shall kill Him, and the third day He shall be raised again.” (Matthew 17:22-23)