- Verse 1-9. What some said about the value of the ointment and the need of the poor was perfectly true.
Why then did Jesus commend Mary for her extravagance?
What does this incident teach us about right priorities in Christian service?
- Verses 10-21. What do these verses suggest was the motive that lay behind Judas’ act of betrayal?
Is our own attitude one of condemnation, or are we prepared to share the solemn heart-searching of verse 19?
- verse 22-25. Consider the use here of the words ‘bread’, ‘blood’, ‘my’, ‘gave’, ‘take’, ‘dark’, ‘covenant’.
What light do they throw on the nature and method of salvation? Cf. 1 Pet. 1:18,19.
- Verses 8,9. ‘Note Jesus’ remarkable prediction of the future worldwide preaching of ‘the gospel’; cf. 13:10. There was in the woman’s action a recognition both of the unique person and of the impending work of Jesus; and these are both essential gospel truths.
- Verse 22. The expression ‘This is my body’ corresponds to the Passover formula, ‘This is the bread of affliction which our fathers ate in the land of affliction’. It indicates a symbolical commemoration, not an actual ‘transubstantiation’.