No One Knows, An Anointing, And A Promise To Betray

No One Knows, An Anointing, And A Promise To Betray

The Coming of the Son of Man
24 “But in those days, after that tribulation, the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light, 25 and the stars will be falling from heaven, and the powers in the heavens will be shaken. 26 And then they will see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory. 27 And then he will send out the angels and gather his elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of heaven.

The Lesson of the Fig Tree
28 “From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. 29 So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates. 30 Truly, I say to you, this generation will not pass away until all these things take place. 31 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.
No One Knows That Day or Hour
32 “But concerning that day or that hour, no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. 33 Be on guard, keep awake. For you do not know when the time will come. 34 It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to stay awake. 35 Therefore stay awake—for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or when the rooster crows, or in the morning— 36 lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. 37 And what I say to you I say to all: Stay awake.”

The Plot to Kill Jesus
14 It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him, 2 for they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar from the people.”

Jesus Anointed at Bethany
3 And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head. 4 There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that? 5 For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her. 6 But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. 8 She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial. 9 And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”

Judas to Betray Jesus
10 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. 11 And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to betray him.

Coming In Clouds With Great Power And Glory

Jesus describes his second coming when he will gather his elect to himself. Having warned his disciples of "birth pangs" (13:8), Jesus now gives them a brief but vivid description of when he will return in glory at the end of this period.

Learn And Be On Guard Because Father Knows Best

The disciples asked how they could know when the temple would be destroyed (13:2–4), but Jesus explained how to recognize his coming, which is more important. In the fig tree parable, he tells his followers that they can know that God's coming and end are near based on what they see happening in their day (13:30).
Jesus tells his disciples not to fixate on when he might return because no one can know. He has told them generally what to look for, but here he denies that they can know the exact day or hour of his return—how then are Christians to respond? They are to stay alert and be ready (13:29).
The religious leaders continue to try to kill Jesus (3:6), and the people who love him are still their main obstacle (11:18; 12:12). Jesus' foes are plotting to take his life (14:1–2), while his followers seem ignorant and weak—even one of them stooping so low as betray him (14:10). But here, in the story of Mary of Bethany, we see an exceptional portrayal—however rare and isolated—of what devotion to Jesus looks like.

A Dark Promise

The religious leaders are frustrated by Jesus' popularity. They have long tried to find an opportunity to get rid of him, but Judas's betrayal was both a surprise and the perfect opportunity. Judas' motivation for betraying Jesus is unclear. Still, it may have been that he realized that following Jesus was not profitable (John 12:6)—and so he decided to profit off of Him in another way by betraying Him.





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