We are reading about the final events of the life of Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. All of the main characters are in action and things are flowing to their appointed end. As Jesus predicted, "The Son of Man will be delivered up to be crucified." In these final moments, we get to see what each of the characters value most. The treasure of each their hearts are revealed.
The Pharisees treasure the status quo. They don't want Jesus disturbing things; but they don't really want a confrontation which could challenge their place in the social order. They plan to remove him quietly.
The disciples have a pragmatic view on their ministry. They are offended by the extravagant worship that a woman offers to Jesus when she pours perfume on his feet.
The woman who anoints his feet values Jesus. He is worth more to her than her greatest human treasure.
We don't know the true motivation of Judas. He asked for 30 pieces of silver, but it would seem that other desires push his betrayal to the surface.
Finally, we see what Jesus treasures most. He treasures people. He elevates a broken woman and values her gift. He continues his journey to the cross for the sake of his people. He loves his people more than his own comfort, his dignity, his earthly goals, and his place in respected society... he loves his people more than his own life.
What do you treasure most? -MK