In Matthew 26, two amazing acts are juxtaposed. The first is a group of evil men plotting out Jesus’ death and seizing the opportunity when Judas defects. The second is a tremendous act of love and adoration as Mary anoints Jesus with a very expensive and precious oil. She, perhaps more than any of the disciples, understands what Jesus is going to Jerusalem to do. Both Judas and Mary worked to prepare for Jesus’ death in very different ways.