v 4. … plotting how to capture Jesus secretly and kill him.
v 7. …a woman came in with a beautiful alabaster jar of expensive perfume and poured it over his head.
What a massive contrast – first the plotting by the religious leaders and then the honouring of Jesus by this woman. It is such a picture of our divided world and responses to Jesus. Everything is now coming to a head in the conflict between Jesus and the authorities. As we reflect on it, and we know the end from the beginning, we can only be amazed at the antagonism of the Jewish leaders towards the man who always did good.