Thursday, May 19, 2016

UnbelievableFirst Person:  “Did you hear what Joseph and Mary’s son said the other day?  You talk about void of compassion!  He wins the prize!”
Listener:  “No, I haven’t heard.  Tell me!  Tell me!  Don’t keep me in suspense!”
First Person: “He was invited to Simon the leper’s house to eat.  This woman came in off the streets and poured this very expensive perfume on his head.”
Listener:  “Wow!  That is something.  How expensive was it?”
First Person: “Expensive!  Real expensive!  But, that’s not the point.  You are not going to believe this.  And people say he is the Messiah!”
Listener:  “Well, tell me.  Stop holding out on me!”
First Person: “I tell you, even his disciples were shocked because he allowed this woman to waste, yes, WASTE that expensive perfume on him!  They were livid with indignation!”
Listener:  “What?  What?  Hurry up and get to the juicy part.”
First Person: “His disciples could not believe that he would allow this waste when the perfume could have been sold and the money used to help so many poor people!”
Listener: “Well, I would have been right there with them.  That is something.  I can’t believe it either.  What a hypocrite!”
First Person: “Oh, that’s not the half of it.”
Listener: “You mean there is more?  What?  Tell me.  Wow, this is juicy!”
First Person: “It is what Joseph and Mary’s son said in response to the indignation his disciples had about this woman’s waste!”
Listener: “Don’t keep me in suspense.  You mean it’s worse than what you’ve already told me?”
First Person: “Oh, yes!”
Listener: “Tell me!  Tell me!  I know a lot of people that need to hear what you’ve already told me.  So, give me the rest!”
First Person: “Right after his disciple said, ‘What a waste of money, it could have been sold for a high price and the money given to the poor.’ Joseph and Mary’s son said, ‘You will always have the poor among you.’  Can you believe that!?”
Listener: “What?  He said THAT!?  How heartless can a person be?  Talk about someone who is stuck on himself.  He thinks more of himself than he does the poor!!”
First Person: “What do you mean, ‘Stuck on himself.’”?
Listener: “Well, the perfume could have been sold and the money used to feed the poor, but he thought it was better to waste it on his head!”
First Person: “Wow!  I didn’t think of that.  How can anyone believe such a self-centered person could be the Messiah is beyond me?”
Listener: “This reminds me of something else!  I saw him at the pool of Bethesda where a large group of sick people were and he healed only one man.  ONE MAN!  How heartless could that be when so many others needed healing?”

No, the Bible does not contain that conversation.  Could it have happened?  Probably.  If so, it would be no different than some parallel conversations which take place today.  Conversations by people then and now who jump to wrong conclusions because they don’t possess all the details.  That lack creates a lot of juicy conversations!  It’s called gossip.

Without wood a fire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down.”  (Proverbs 26:20 NIV).

* Matthew 26:6-13; John 5:2-9