Was Jesus anointed by two different women, at different times, in different places and for different reasons? Yes! That will become clear as you read this column. The anointing of Jesus is recorded in all four Gospels. On the surface, the accounts are similar and seem to be varied versions of the same story. However, careful comparison shows Luke’s account to be a totally separate incident.
We live in an age of “feel goodism” in a super-sensitive society in which people are offended by any perceived slight. Politically correct police patrol the air waves and red flag certain buzzwords and label those who use them as bigots, racists, sexists and extremists. Freedom of speech is under attack, especially religious speech, which is often tagged “hate speech” by secularists who reject biblical truth. Paul warned Timothy, “For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. They will reject the truth and chase after myths” (2 Tim. 4:3-4, NLT).Read More
Some of the same people who flocked to Jesus’ signs later fled from His sayings. “A huge crowd followed him, attracted by the miracles they had seen him do among the sick” (Jn. 6:2, MSG). The same crowd who was convinced of Jesus’ Messiahship and wanted to crown Him king, deserted Him a day or two later (Jn. 6:14-15, 66). This was in the aftermath of His feeding the 5,000 men, not counting women and children, the only miracle of Christ recorded in all four gospels. Riding a brief wave of popularity, Jesus did not cater to the crowd, but rather withdrew from them. Unlike many modern preachers and politicians, Jesus was never swayed by the opinions of the masses, knowing they could change instantly like the wind. Remember, some of the same people who waved palm fronds and sang “Hosanna to the King, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord,” later screamed “give us Barabbas” and “crucify Him” to Pontius Pilate. People’s emotions and opinions fluctuate like the stock market. Human nature is fickle—likely to change, not constant or loyal in affection.Read More