Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Contrast in Matthew 26

For a long time, I've been familiar with the story of the woman who poured her expensive perfume on Christ's head, and how Judas betrayed Him for 30 pieces of silver. But it didn't occur to me, until today, that the two stories are back to back, as a stark contrast, in Matthew 26:1ff.

On the one hand, you have a woman making a very costly investment in Christ. On the other, you have Judas asking the Scribes and Pharisees how much they'll give him to hand Christ over to them. 

What a contrast.

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The Gospel

Have you heard Christ died for our sins, and God raised Him from the dead? Did you know God saves you from hell and gives you eternal life through faith in this finished work alone, not your merits (Jn. 3:16; 1 Cor. 15:1-3; Eph. 2:8-10; 2 Thess. 1:8-9)? This is so man cannot boast, and God alone gets the glory (Eph. 2:8-9).


The grand purpose of creation is to bring glory and pleasure to God in Christ (Eph. 1:1-10; Rev. 4:11). The gospel of Christ's death and resurrection for our sins, achieves this goal by magnifying God's grace and mercy towards undeserving sinners. The purpose of faithguard, is to glorify God, by defending and confirming the gospel of Jesus Christ.