Matthew 26:3-5 (NIV) 3 Then the chief priests and the elders of the people assembled in the palace of the high priest, whose name was Caiaphas, 4 and they plotted to arrest Jesus in some sly way and kill him. 5 “But not during the Feast,” they said, “or there may be a riot among the people.”
This was a deliberate plot to kill Jesus. Without this plot, there would have been no rampant growth of popular opinion against him.
because of Jesus was popular, the religio
us leaders were afraid to arrest him during the Passover.
They did not want their actions to start a riot.
They were cowards.
They knew that they were wrong, but wanted to kill Jesus anyway.
The enemy plots and plans. He is not concerned with being right or wrong, he is only concerned with destruction.
The thief comes…
He waits for the most opportune time to attack. Often it follows a great victory or celebration.
Ill. After church, after a great day, etc.
Jesus at temptation. Satan left for a more opportune time.
Luke 4:13 (NIV) 13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.
Matthew 26:6 (NIV) 6 While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper,
1) Simon the Leper: Hosted the presence of the Lord!
a) The host, Simon, did not have leprosy at this time, for lepers were forced to live separately from people.
i) Jesus may have healed Simon of his leprosy, but he had the nickname as a former leper.
b) Leprosy was contagious and it affected your pain receptors.
i) Dangerous not feel pain (broken bones, etc)
ii) God heals us and reactivates our pain receptors.
(1) When we begin to host the presence of the Lord, we become sensitive to the pain of those around us.
(a) We become aware of their hurt and facilitate a way for them to be healed and restored.
iii) Jesus had touched Simon and now Simon was a host for the presence of the Lord.
(1) You can not be a host for the Holy Spirit if you cannot feel pain!
(a) Pain leads to compassion, compassion leads to action, and action leads to salvation.
c) Before we can become a host for the presence; we must be able to examine ourselves.
i) We must be able to recognize that we are depraved and need a redeemer.
ii) But if we have Leprosy, we can’t feel the pain and the void.
(1) You need to let Jesus touch you so you can be a host for Him.
iii) There is leprosy in the Valley; and those of us who have been healed of it, need to be hosting the presence of the Lord so that we can see more people healed.
(1) There is leprosy. Ill. Baby girl given away.
d) Like Simon; we need to react by being a host!
e) You must first be hospitable to the Holy Spirit and then hospitable to men!
i) Contrast Caiaphas’ home to Simons home
ii) Simon not only hosted the presence of the Lord, but he also hosted a party to connect others with Jesus.
(1) 1 Timothy 3:2 (NIV) 2 Now the overseer must be above reproach, the husband of but one wife, temperate, self-controlled, respectable, hospitable, able to teach,
(2) Titus 1:8 (KJV) 8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
(a) You cannot be a leader in the Kingdom of God, if you cannot create an environment that hosts the presence of God and welcomes other men to that presence.
TS. Simon the Leper was healed and then he hosted. What about you? Have you been healed (saved)? Are you hosting Jesus’ presence (Holy Spirit)? Are you creating an environment where people can recognize the presence of Jesus? Has your life and heart changed? Do you care (ability to feel pain)?
Matthew 26:7 (NIV) 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.
2) Woman: Worshiped the presence
a) The woman showed her devotion to Christ by pouring an alabaster box of ointment on the body of Christ.
i) The disciples complained, saying this was a waste.
(1) What we do for Christ is never a waste.
b) The woman did not care what people thought nor was she concerned with price that her worship was costing her.
i) We can’t worship because we are too busy counting the cost…
(1) God tells you to give extra, but you don’t because you are thinking about the bills…
(2) God tells you to dance, but you don’t because you are to concerned with how you will look, or what people will think…
(3) God tells you to love but you don’t because you have been to hurt!!!
ii) You have to step past these carnal hindrances and worship the presence of the Living God.
c) Worship in Spirit and in Truth
i) John 4:23-24 (NIV) 23 Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. 24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
(1) When we step past the carnal hindrances, the Father begins to seek us. He hunts for us!!!! I want to be desired by the Father!
d) Worship brings freedom
i) 2 Corinthians 3:17 (NIV) 17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.
(1) If you want to be free, if you want to be used, if you want your family saved and your life changed, you need to learn how to worship the presence of the Living God!
(2) Luke 4:18 says the Spirit of the Lord is upon us to proclaim freedom.
e) Worship is not about what kind of music you like.
i) There was no music during this worship service, only some ointment and the presence of the Lord.
(1) But there was a reaction; the woman did move towards Him and interacted with Jesus.
f) I am not saying that you have to dance, shout, or run around to worship; but I am saying that you do something.
i) There will be a response.
(1) Quietly, silently or loud and demonstrative, there will be a reaction in your life when you truly worship God.
g) She exhausted everything to worship Him and He responded to her.
i) In fact, he said that there would be a permanent account of her action.
(1) I want to make a lasting impression of Christ like that.
(a) To so lose myself in His presence that nothing else matters.
TS. Learn to worship His presence.
Matthew 26:8 (NIV) 8 When the disciples saw this, they were indignant. “Why this waste?” they asked.
3) Disciples: Adjusted to the presence
a) Matthew and Mark include all the disciples in their account while John only mentions Judas.
i) John was emphasizing another point, but I want us to look at the other 11 disciples for a moment…
b) The woman’s gift to Jesus was worth a year’s wages.
i) The disciples concluded that the expensive ointment had been wasted on Jesus, and they rebuked The Woman for such an act because the perfume could have been given to help the poor.
(1) I believe that the other 11 disciples were sincere in their concern for the poor because Jesus rebuke revolve around the poor and the woman’s action, not about greed, which Judas was guilty of.
(i) Sometimes we are wrong, even when we are sincere and well intended.
We need to be sensitive to the presence of the Lord so we can be adjusted.
c) Jesus reprimanded the disciples for their lack of insight.
i) Their words criticized The Woman’s actions, but Jesus’ words comforted her.
(1) This was a unique act for a specific occasion—an anointing that anticipated Jesus’ burial and publicly declared faith in him as Messiah.
(a) At this point, the disciples were to shallow and self consumed to realize this.
(i) Even though, Jesus had been telling them that he was going to die, they still had not understood it yet.
(b) There are some things that God is trying to tell us.
(i) Get into the presence of the Living God and allow Him to adjust your thinking and your heart.
d) The presence of the Lord will bring about transformation if you will allow it to.
i) With the exception of Judas, the disciples must have received the correction since we know that they continued to serve him and even die for him.
TS. How do you respond to the Lord’s correction?
Matthew 26:14-16 (NIV) 14 Then one of the Twelve–the one called Judas Iscariot–went to the chief priests 15 and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. 16 From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
4) Judas: despise the presence
a) Where Matthew and Mark says the disciples, John specifically mentions Judas
i) Judas’s resentment over The Woman’s act of worship would not have been based on concern for the poor, but on greed.
(1) Because Judas was the treasurer of Jesus’ ministry and had embezzled funds, he no doubt wanted the perfume sold so that the proceeds could be put into his pocket.
b) Sin builds upon sin.
i) If you continue to build upon the foundation of sin, you will get to a place where you despise the presence of the Lord and will sell yourself out just like Judas did.
(1) He didn’t sell out God, he sold out himself.
c) Judas agreed to sell Christ for thirty pieces of silver, the price of a slave.
i) As if Jesus could be a slave to any man, to be mastered by any man.
d) When you begin to despise His presence, you begin to lose your ability to think clearly.
i) We have a choice to make.
TS. Are we going to accept His presence or despise His presence?
a) Remember: Keep watch, the enemy is waiting for an opportune time to attack.
i) This passage ends the same way it begins. Satan’s servants looking for an opportunity to kill Jesus.
(1) His servants are looking for a way to destroy you today.
(a) Don’t let them. Don’t despise his Presence; Embrace it.
Host Him, Worship Him, Be transformed by Him! Don’t despise Him.