Passover, the reminder to the Israelites of their deliverance from slavery in Egypt. On that day each Israelite family killed a lamb and placed the blood on the door posts and lintel so that the death angel would pass over them and not slay their first born.
Now Jesus was one day away from His final Passover celebration on earth. He would change the world forever in a few days.
On this Wednesday He spent time at the home of Simon the leper having dinner with his friends. A woman entered the room carrying a box made of alabaster. She broke the box and poured the contents of spikenard on Jesus’ head. The room was filled with the fragrance. Did the conversation stop? Some were indignant that this costly perfume was wasted. Jesus, touched by her actions, rebuked them. He let all those in attendance know this was in preparation for His burial. What she did would not be forgotten but included in the preaching of the gospel.
A small thing, this anointing? Maybe to some, but to Jesus it was an act of love.
While this loving act was being talked about another act was about to take place.
The chief priests were excited to have this disciple, one of the chosen twelve, coming to them with a plan to turn Jesus over to them. They gladly accepted and agreed on a payment of thirty pieces of silver.
As Jesus was being pressed to be seen by certain Greeks He spoke again about dying.
“Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.” John 12:24
He was beginning to feel the weight of what was to come and He cried out:
“Now is my soul troubled; and what shall I say?
Father, save me from this hour: but for this cause came I unto this hour.” John 12:27
His hour was very close at hand.