We find ourselves reckoning in this chapter with the consequences of Jesus’ rejection. He has rejected the scribes, chief priest, and elders and they have rejected Him, plotting His destruction. Now He will be handed over, delivered over – but how will it take place? By whom?
Once again Mark uses the literary device of inclusio to drive home his point. We begin with the plot to destroy Jesus and end with Judas arranging the betrayal. In the midst of these two stories, Jesus is anointed at Bethany. The stories on either side serve to highlight the significance of the story in the center. Various men are plotting Jesus’ destruction, endeavoring to destroy Him. Meanwhile, Jesus Himself knows full well that this destruction is determined for Him by His Father, and He rejoices that this woman has grasped to some degree the point of His ministry – He has come to give His life a ransom for many. She is not ashamed to confess as such and to endure the scorn of the disciples in the process.