Devotional Thought

There aren’t official titles for Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday of Holy week. They’re typically just called Holy Monday, Holy Tuesday and Holy Wednesday. However, I like to think of them as the days of conspiracy. The Pharisees and Teachers of the law have had enough. This Jesus guy had just ridden into town on a Donkey and let people call him the King. They were done. Their minds were made up, they just had to figure out a way to get rid of him.

While they were planning a way to kill Jesus, one of his own was planning a way to get rich off of turning him over. He had been a witness to the miracles, but he also had been a witness to those who didn’t like Jesus and didn’t believe in what Jesus was teaching. He was one of Jesus’ followers, but for some reason it wasn’t sinking in who Jesus was.

As all this was going on, Jesus was getting prepared for his death. Jesus was being anointed with oil in preparation for his burial.

The conspiracy was in full swing, these first few days of the week, I imagine the Pharisees and religious leaders were in discussions all day, trying to figure out how they were going to take care of Jesus. On the flip side, Jesus was preparing for his crucifixion and death. These are the days of the conspiracy. There are two sides, good vs. evil. The question for us in this day, is which side are we on? Just because we spend time with the disciples doesn’t mean we are one of Jesus’ followers. Judas did that. Just because we’ve spent our lives learning the laws of the Bible doesn’t mean we truly believe in Jesus. The Pharisees and Religious leaders did that.

Which side are you on?

Matthew 26:1-16 (NET)

The Plot Against Jesus

26 When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he told his disciples, “You know that after two days the Passover is coming, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.” Then the chief priests and the elders of the people met together in the palace of the high priest, who was named Caiaphas. They planned to arrest Jesus by stealth and kill him. But they said, “Not during the feast, so that there won’t be a riot among the people.”

Jesus’ Anointing

Now while Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of expensive perfumed oil, and she poured it on his head as he was at the table. When the disciples saw this, they became indignant and said, “Why this waste? It could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor!” 10 When Jesus learned of this, he said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a good service for me. 11 For you will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me! 12 When she poured this oil on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her.”

The Plan to Betray Jesus

14 Then one of the twelve, the one named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests 15 and said, “What will you give me to betray him into your hands?” So they set out thirty silver coins for him. 16 From that time on, Judas began looking for an opportunity to betray him.

Prayer Focus

God help me to be on your side. Prepare me to stand for you when it’s not popular to do so. Help me to see the areas of my life that have become cold and calloused, help me to see the areas of my life where I’ve traded ritual for relationship. Reveal to me the areas where I’ve replaced you with something and help me to once again pour everything I have out at your feet.