Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Passion of the Christ Day Four: Wednesday

Rev. Hillary Dawes, PhD, SC-C

And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head.
~Mark 14:3*

Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
~John 12:3*

"Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests  and said, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver Him to you?” And they counted out to him thirty pieces of silver. So from that time he sought opportunity to betray Him.
~Matthew 26:14-16*

*References taken from the NKJV Bible.


Daughter of Wisdom said...

The 'woman' anointing Jesus is none other than Mary of Bethany, also called Magdelene (Luke 8:2).

Daughter of Wisdom said...

"For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth" (Matthew 12:40).

This is NOT a reference to Christ being in the grave for three days and three nights. We know from Biblical evidence that he did not spend three days and three nights in the grave. Not only that, but his body would have started to decay if he had spent three days and three nights in the grave. According to the testimony of Peter, which was recorded by Luke, Jesus' body was not left in the grave long enough for it to start the decay process (Acts 2:27). The oils used to embalm Jesus' dead body were not embalming oils to preserve a body. They were sweet smelling oils which were traditionally used to mask the scent as bodies decayed. Usually those oils are applied to a dead body - not a living body, but Mary thought it best to use that oil on the Living Christ, while He could appreciate it, instead of on a dead Christ. This was why Jesus made the strange statement, "For in that she hath poured this ointment on my body, she did it for my burial" (Matthew 26:12).

By anointing Jesus for His burial three days before His burial, Mary had essentially put Jesus "in the heart of the earth."

Daughter of Wisdom said...

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