Punishment, The Plot, And Perfume
““When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. And he will place the sheep on his right, but the goats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’ And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ “Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was a stranger and you did not welcome me, naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me.’ Then they also will answer, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?’ Then he will answer them, saying, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.’ And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” When Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said to his disciples, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified.” Then the chief priests and the elders of the people gathered in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, and plotted together in order to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. But they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar among the people.” Now when Jesus was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came up to him with an alabaster flask of very expensive ointment, and she poured it on his head as he reclined at table. And when the disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? For this could have been sold for a large sum and given to the poor.” But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial. Truly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.””
Jesus, the Son of Man, will not return in humiliation as he initially did, but this time his coming will be marked by glory. People will witness his splendor and recognize the power of the King. He will no longer be a humble infant in obscurity; this time, he will arrive as the righteous ruler who judges the nations. The sheep who followed the Good Shepherd will enter his rest and receive the kingdom prepared for them, while those on the left who did not act out of love for God will inherit a kingdom made for the devil and his angels and will pay for their selfishness. The King is the ultimate Judge and will always act fairly. Those who choose to reject God will receive what they ask for.
A Dark Plot
Jesus is aware that the hour of his appointed destiny is drawing near. As he has taught and challenged the religious officials, hostility has grown between him and them that will lead to his death. Jesus attempts to explain to his disciples the coming events, but they struggle to comprehend what he is telling them. He informs them that his crucifixion is imminent. Matthew records a clandestine gathering in Caiaphas, the high priest's palace, where it is decided that Jesus should be captured and killed in secret so as not to alarm the people during the feast.
A Beautiful Thing
Jesus had gone to stay with Simon, the leper in Bethany. A woman anointed Jesus with an expensive ointment, and the disciples were appalled, claiming that the money could've been spent to help the poor. Jesus corrected them, saying she did a beautiful thing for him and that the poor would always be around, but he wouldn't. He was not trying to neglect the poor, just pointing out that the ointment served a purpose—anointing him for burial and that she would be remembered for her kindness.
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