“It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him, for they said, ‘Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar from the people.’” (Mark 14:1-2).
Things were quiet on Wednesday for Jesus and his disciples. But things were all but quiet among the chief priests and scribes. Plotting Jesus’ death had moved into high gear. They wanted him dead but they didn’t want a riot on their hands. “He came to his own, and his own people did not receive him” (John 1:11).
After this Mark tells us that Mary anointed Jesus with ointment of pure nard (Mark 14:3-9). Whether she did this on Wednesday or Thursday, we don’t know. We also don’t know if Mary knew the significance of what she was doing. But Jesus did. She had anointed his body for burial (Mark 14:8). The Jews were plotting and Jesus was fully aware that he was about to die.
Though the chief priests and scribes were trying to surprise him, this would come as no surprise to Jesus. And though they were very much responsible for their actions, it would become plain that his death was according to the plan of God. Peter would preach two months later in Acts 2,
“Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know—this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men” (Acts 2:22-23).
You killed him. He knew. You plotted. God planned. You sinned. He died for sins. What a Savior!