Apparently, the Wednesday of Holy Week came to be known over time as “Spy Wednesday.” It is thought that on this day Judas Iscariot, (the disciple who betrayed Jesus) agreed to show the chief priests where they could easily capture The Christ. But it is also the day when the famous incident with the expensive alabaster box takes place.

Matthew 26:3-5

¶ Then the chief priests and the elders of the people were gathered together in the court of the high priest, named Caiaphas; and they plotted together to seize Jesus by stealth and kill Him.

Matt. 26:14-16 ¶ Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests and said, “What are you willing to give me to betray Him to you?” And they weighed out thirty pieces of silver to him. From then on he began looking for a good opportunity to betray Jesus.

So where was Jesus when all of this was taking place?  He left the city and went back to be with Mary and Martha and Lazarus. Where he had just been the day before Palm Sunday.

Now when Jesus was in Bethany, at the home of Simon the leper, a woman came to Him with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume, and she poured it on His head as He reclined at the table. But the disciples were indignant when they saw this, and said, “Why this waste?  “For this perfume might have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.”  But Jesus, aware of this, said to them, “Why do you bother the woman? For she has done a good deed to Me.

 “For you always have the poor with you; but you do not always have Me.

 “For when she poured this perfume on My body, she did it to prepare Me for burial.  “Truly I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.”  Matt: 26:6-13

Tomorrow, we look at Maundy Thursday. Watch those church signs. You’ll see services are being held tomorrow at some ecclesiastical churches. Maybe you can catch one!

S.

Verses for Today:

Matt:26:1-13

Mark 14:1-10