The Mask 

(most of you know that I used to be a full makeup, full costume clown. I was thinking about what that means in my Christian walk and how I can better use it, when this was given to me…..) 

John 12:3-5, 7-8 (New International Version) 
3Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 
4But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5″Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” 
7″Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” 

Look at this closely …. Judas seemed to say the right thing in that situation. Nard of that quantity was worth about a year’s wages at the time and it looked like this woman (thought to be Mary Magdalene) was just wasting it. I can imagine, as Judas was saying this, that he was looking around at the crowd for approving glances. 
Jesus, who knew what was to come, could see right through Judas’ bravado. Jesus knew that Judas was simply trying to impress the others. Jesus knew Judas’ heart and could see right through the mask. 

*If Jesus were to come to your house what would you do? Would you run around hiding stuff? Would you try to withhold anything from Him? 
Mary gave out of pure love and she gave it lavishly. She didn’t care about the criticisms, the self-humiliation or looking foolish in front of her peers. 
The decisions we make can be just as ludicrous. He chooses the foolish things of the world to confound the seemingly wise. It is in the foolishness that His wisdom and power are shown. 
I’ve found that it is impossible to be fully embracing Christ and be worried about what the world thinks. I can’t serve Him and still plan on what I could get away with. My true heart will show. We later see this in Judas’ life – 

Matthew 26:14-16 
Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus 
14Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests 15and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty silver coins. 16From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. 

The other 11 were still faked out by Judas’ daily “performance” but Jesus knew 

John 13:10-11 
10Jesus answered, “A person who has had a bath needs only to wash his feet; his whole body is clean. And you are clean, though not every one of you.” 11For he knew who was going to betray him, and that was why he said not every one was clean. 

Matthew 27:3-4 
3When Judas, who had betrayed him, saw that Jesus was condemned, he was seized with remorse and returned the thirty silver coins to the chief priests and the elders. 4″I have sinned,” he said, “for I have betrayed innocent blood.” 
“What is that to us?” they replied. “That’s your responsibility.” 

Sin is never ever satisfying. True satisfaction is found only in serving the Lord. Sin is contrary to His nature of holiness so therefore we can never be satisfied in our sin. 

*What do we do to silence our conscience? Rationalize? Bury it? Deaden it? As hard as we try, God is never fooled…… He knows the one behind the mask. 


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