Focus on What’s Important
Sunday School Chronicles
Me: Jesus has been telling his disciples from jump, “I’m gonna die. Get resurrected. And I’m headed to Heaven.” Dude’s been repeating this. Spoiler alert! When Jesus is actually crucified, the Disciples act super shooketh like this is the first time they’ve heard this. Do you ever get annoyed when people do this?
Class: Ugh! Yes! I hate that! So annoying!
Me: Think your parents get annoyed when you do this?
Me: It’s the Passover season and feast time. While the Jews are celebrating, the scribes are plotting on Jesus. They’re sick of Jesus being all good and Christlike so they decide they’re gonna kill Him.
Student 1: Wow.
Me: I know right! So Jesus and his Disciples are having dinner. This unnamed woman comes with this beautiful alabaster jar. It’s super expensive and filled with awesome perfume. The woman breaks the jar and lets the perfume run down Jesus’s head. The Disciples start running their mouths like, “Are you serious? That perfume cost thousands of dollars! She could’ve used it on the poor!” Jesus heard them trash talking. How do you think He felt?
Class: Annoyed. Frustrated. Angry.
Me: Exactly! Jesus said, “Shut it down! I’ve been telling y’all from day one that I’m gonna die! And what did you do? That’s right! Nothing! This woman is preparing my body for burial. And guess what, there’s always gonna be poor people and you can take care of them. And you know what! I’m not always gonna be here! Every time someone shares the good news, they’re gonna talk about this woman.”
Student 2: Ooh.
Me: Yup. Jesus was dropping first century mics. He wasn’t having it. Bottom line, you can’t be traveling with Jesus for 3 years straight and run your mouth like that. Jesus isn’t pleased with the foolishness.
Reflect: Sometimes, we tend to focus on things that aren’t important. They may pull our focus away from what God wants us to remember about Him. Pray and ask God to keep your eyes, motivation, and heart set on Him. God will always steer you in the right direction.