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The world hates and hated Jesus. The Bible uses the Greek word (kosmos) for “world”. The notes about that word say this: (kosmos) – order, world, worldly affairs, inhabitants of the world, - English word for cosmetic came from this Greek word.

 

The chapter starts (in my Bible) with a subheading – “The Plot to Kill Jesus” – why would the Jews want to kill? This is going against all that is right “they might take Him by trickery and put him to death” (NKJV) Verse 1. That is what the world will try to do with the Gospel message of a Life in Jesus. The Lord provides us life and He provides it abundantly. What does it mean to have abundant life? John 10:10  The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly. (NKJV)

In the passage, the woman with the alabaster flask is anointing the Lord Jesus. The woman’s “memorial” was to anoint Jesus with fragrant oil; the world opinion that was in that very room rebelled against this act of love for the Messiah. Verse 10 and 11 – this was the tipping point as Judas made the decision to betray the Lord Jesus as he has his feet firmly planted in the world not in the kingdom of God. Do we have both our feet in the kingdom of God? Do we bring all things not some things to the Lord Jesus? I know I struggle with that and it is something I am working hard to make sure the Lord is first in all things not some things. He is faithful. Praise God.

The passage continues to the Lord’s Last Supper. You see we will have a sacrament or a ceremony or a way to remember Him and what He has done for us on the Cross. What we will receive only through faith in the Lord Jesus. Do you think of him when we have Communion? The Blood is the Grape Juice, the wafer is the flesh. We have to eat it to bring it in and remember who he is, what he has done, where he had go for us, when he did for us and how he went through it the Lord did His saving work for each of us. Not some of us, all of us.

Romans 5:8  But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (NKJV)

As you read this section of our main passage you will see the two kingdoms colliding together in this chapter. (Please note these two forces are not of equal strength, the kingdom of heaven is always above and stronger than anything of this earth or of the devil, they are just sneaky, deceptive and lying their way into places of power, showing power, and trying to secure power.) They are two opposing forces that cannot reconcile to one another; ever take two magnets and try to turn them around so the same polarity is facing to each other? They repel each other or push against each other and, they can never come together as they are opposites. The Christ is the only way the polarity of this world can be turned around to work properly in His Kingdom. The Kingdom of God has no sin in it. To enter that Kingdom and reside there you have to enter through the Christ. Think about that. Do you believe? Do not believe because I am writing this?  Believe it because the Bible says so. That is the Word of God written for us. So when all of this has happens here in this passage, the plots, the anointing, the conspiracy and actual betrayal, the last supper with communion, the Lord has them leave as He is continuing on with His Work. The Work will be on the Cross and then in the Garden Tomb followed by the Ascension recorded in Acts Chapter1, then followed by Pentecost recorded in Acts Chapter 2. Mark 14:26  And when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives. (NKJV)  Thank you Lord!

 

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