Wednesday, April 8, 2009

an age of Bargain...

As Rev. Tilden says in today's Leaflet, "The bargain of Judas is one of the most astounding acts in the New Testament." So astounding that we rarely compare ourselves to Judas-rarely contemplate our own propensity to bargain away our principles. What to do? "Bless the Home world," do what we can.

"SELLING THE MASTER (Scripture Reading)

'THEN entered Satan into Judas surnamed Iscariot, being of the number of the twelve.
And he went unto the chief priests, and said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you ? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.
And he promised, and sought opportunity to betray him unto them in the absence of the multitude.
Jesus being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head.
And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made ?
For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her.
And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me. . . .
She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.
Eerily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.

Matt. xxvi. Mark xiv. Luke xxii

Passion Week of Human Life (Tilden's Meditation)

THE bargain of Judas is one of the most astounding records in the New Testament. So base a deed for so small a sum! We are not tempted to the Judas act; but are we never tempted to betray the truth and spirit that Jesus stands for in this world ? Our age is an age of Bargain. How many, since Judas, have betrayed Christ's principles for less than thirty pieces of silver ? The tempter whispers, So many pieces for so much principle. But if, by the power of God, we can say, "Get thee behind me, Satan," we are lifted into a purer atmosphere, and are prepared to go at the close of the day to Bethany. This scene in the house of Simon the leper has its counterpart too in human life. How suggestive of what we may do to honor The Master. We cannot anoint his head or his feet now, but we can open our heart's alabaster box and pour our love out to bless the Home world. Here the alabaster box of very precious ointment is broken, whose fragrance goes all around the world; and here love utters itself, and brings from the Master's lips those words that have comforted lowly hearts ever since, — " She hath done what she could."

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