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Daily Reading: 19th February 2015

John 12.4-6 cont.

4 Now Judas Iscariot, one of His disciples, and the one being about to betray Him, says:

5 “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarius and it be given to the poor?”

6 but he said this not because he cared about the poor, but because he was a thief and he was in charge of what was put into the purse, which he stole. (carried).

Judas was a man who limited his understanding by his own desire to have financial control. Instead of the extravagance of love, he could only see wastefulness. Instead of devotion to Jesus, Judas could only see financial loss.

That which controls our hearts directs our thoughts.

It is when a husband and wife have hearts that are filled with love for each other that their actions are governed by their heart filled love.

Mary had showed her love and devotion for Jesus, Judas displayed his contempt for her actions.

We may wonder why Judas had moved from being a keen disciple of Jesus to someone who was sceptical of the actions of those who were devoted to Jesus.

Judas had lost his initial desire to become more like Jesus; his first love for Him had disappeared, and disappointment had set in. It is likely that his derision of Mary’s action was because he did not like the way that Jesus was taking. It is thought that Judas may have wanted to see Jesus being more active in a political way. In this he may have been looking for Jesus to be the person to use His power to rise up and overthrow their Roman occupiers.

Sadly, throughout the ages, there have been many within the Church who have sought to use the Church as a means of furthering their own political agenda.

There have been and are those who see the Church of Jesus being a means of advancing their business life, and have not really been interested in expressing love and devotion to Him. Instead they see personal advancement as something to bolster their own selfish ambition.

Jesus tells us: “No household servant can serve two masters; he will either hate one or love the other one. He will be devoted to one and despise the other one. You cannot serve God and wealth” – Luke 16.13.

It is not wrong to have money, nor is it wrong to work for our wages. Indeed God will bless us with finance to the degree that we can handle it with honesty and integrity. Yet the love of money is a temptation that remains and can easily afflict us all.

Therefore, let us keep falling in love with Jesus.

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