The Value of Jesus

The aroma of very expensive ointment filled the house. While Jesus reclined at table, a woman had poured the ointment on Jesus’ head. It was a lavish gift. The anointing of a guest’s head with oil was customary, but not like this. The expense was extraordinary. One gospel placed the value of the ointment at 300 denarii – the pay of a common laborer for 300 days (Mark 14:5).

The objections came. It could have been sold and given to the poor. But Jesus said it was a beautiful thing. She had prepared Jesus for burial. We don’t usually sit at the dinner table, while the undertaker prepares us for our funeral. Jesus’ words would have struck them just as odd. The cross unspoken lingered like the aroma of the expensive ointment. Yet, he said to them that her deed would be proclaimed to the whole world wherever the gospel is proclaimed.

Judas, one of the Twelve, plotted with the religious leaders, “What will you give me if I deliver him over to you?” The price was thirty pieces of silver, the price of a slave (Exodus 21:32). The betrayal price set in motion the events that led to the cross. It was a large amount, but not nearly as large as the expensive ointment. How odd those thirty pieces of silver gained was a terrible loss, and “wasted,” expensive ointment was a wondrous gain!

It is as if the woman in the story said, “Jesus, I love you so much that I give you this ointment and so much more, I give you myself.”

It is as if Judas said, “Jesus, I don’t love you enough to pass up thirty pieces of silver.”

Two juxtaposed stories (Matthew 26:6-13, 26:14-16) both contain something of value. In both the valuable things say something about the participants and reveal spiritual priorities. Both stories foreshadow the cross.

Wherever these stories are told, an uncomfortable truth follows. We must make the same sort of decision. We will either be like the woman and say, “Jesus, I love you so much that I give you this and this and even my very life,” or we will be like Judas and say, “Jesus, I don’t love you enough to pass up this or that” as we name our price: jobs, family, possessions, pleasures, or thirty pieces of silver.

We all put a price tag on Jesus either to follow or reject. In your life, what’s the value of Jesus?

−Russ Holden

5 Responses to The Value of Jesus

  1. paarsurrey says:

    Excerpt from the post “She had prepared Jesus for burial.”, referring to Mark 14:5.

    The whole chapter Mark 14 does not mention of Jesus’ funeral. Right?
    If yes, then kindly quote if I missed it, please.
    Isn’t such far fetched expressions that have made the Pauline-Christianity a breeding ground of Western Atheism, as I understand, please? Right?
    Kindly correct me if I am wrong, and don’t mind it, please. Right?


  2. paarsurrey says:

    Yes, the Chapter 14 mentions two times of Jesus’ funeral, but Jesus’ funeral was held, I understand, much time later as he died at the age of 120 years according to some traditions.
    It was not to be done in near future as Jesus did not die and could not to die on the Cross. Jesus was a truthful Messenger of G-d and only false Messengers are to die on the Cross as per Torah.
    It is a mistake to believe, I figure, that Jesus died a cursed death on the Cross. Had Jesus died on the Cross then Jesus’ body would have been given the last cleaning both and the last funeral service would have been held before his laying in the grave of Joseph of Arimathea, please? But there is no mention of these things having been performed by his followers. It is a strong clue that Jesus did not die on the Cross and he could not die on the Cross, please? Right?
    Kindly correct me if I am wrong, please. Right?



  3. paarsurrey says:

    One may like to read my revised comments:
    Only false Messenger/Prophets die on the Cross: so, Jesus did not die on the Cross


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