Sometimes we get a heads up and we are able to prepare for things coming up. In my opinion, there is a fine line between what is enough time and what is too much time. I always temper my anticipation of positive things with the reality that it might not really work out. But when it comes to events that will be difficult to walk through, I imagine all the scenarios so my mind and heart are prepared. Too much lead time is just too much for my personality. I am a possibility person, and when that comes to positive things, that’s great. When it comes to negative things, it’s definitely overwhelming.
When I read through the teachings of Jesus in Matthew and leading up to the coming verses, there is a lot to digest. All of the parables, the side conversations, the plotting, and the movement are hard to absorb because it is, as you know, a busy week in history. There are so many highs and lows and gut punches. Our own life drama is incomparable, but it’s what we have: our highs and lows and gut punches. And our anticipation of God’s promise being fulfilled, through Jesus, for the world and for each of our lives.
The time is coming…
Jesus said, “As you know, Passover begins in two days, and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”
At that same time the leading priests and elders were meeting at the residence of Caiaphas, the high priest, plotting how to capture Jesus secretly and kill him. “But not during the Passover celebration,” they agreed, “or the people may riot.”
Meanwhile, Jesus was in Bethany at the home of Simon, a man who had previously had leprosy. While he was eating, a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume and poured it over his head.
The disciples were indignant when they saw this. “What a waste!” they said. “It could have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.”
But Jesus, aware of this, replied, “Why criticize this woman for doing such a good thing to me? You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me. She has poured this perfume on me to prepare my body for burial. I tell you the truth, wherever the Good News is preached throughout the world, this woman’s deed will be remembered and discussed.” Matthew 26:2-13 NLT