A few days before Jesus died, He went with His disciples to the town of Bethany. There they ate a meal with Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha. Mary brought some very expensive perfume and poured it on Jesus’ feet. Then she wiped His feet with her hair.

One of Jesus’ disciples, Judas Iscariot, was at the dinner, too. He did not like what Mary did. Judas thought that the perfume should have been sold, and the money given to poor people. John 12:6 tells us why Judas said this. “But Judas did not really care about the poor. He said this because he was a thief. He was the one who kept the money bag for the group of followers. And he often stole money from the bag.”

Jesus scolded Judas for what he said. Then Jesus said that Mary was preparing Him for His burial. He knew that in a few days He would be killed. Jesus also reminded His disciples that He would not always be with them on earth.

Soon we will be celebrating the day when Jesus rose from the dead. As you prepare for this day, remember all that Jesus did for you. Thank Him for His wonderful sacrifice and His promise of eternal life.