|Posted by Lorraine Serra on April 8, 2014 at 5:25 PM|
Our focus on the Cross of Christ is not to make us morose, but overwhelmingly grateful. And, most importantly, it should make us a bit uncomfortable. The ghastly cross makes it possible for us to enjoy the fullness of Life in Christ, at the expense of the life of Christ.
G.R.A.C.E. GOD’S RICHES AT CHRIST’S EXPENSE.
We have already reviewed some of the prophecies which Jesus fulfilled, both his own prophecies, and those written about Him in the Old Testament. I think it is valuable to look at a few more but first I want to share with you about the woman who anointed Jesus before the Passover Dinner.
In Mark 14 and Matthew 26 we have the account of Jesus being honored at a dinner with friends in Bethany at the house of Simon the Leper. Simon had most likely been healed by Jesus, but the name stuck! It certainly would have set him apart.
He who was once a leper was a leper no more!
John 12 reveals more details. It appears that Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead, and his sisters, Martha and Mary, were also at this dinner taking place 6 days before Passover. This is the day before Palm Sunday when Jesus would ride into Jerusalem on a donkey.
True to form, Martha is busy serving! Do you remember in Luke’s account in Chapter 10, Martha cooked and served while Mary sat at the feet of Jesus listening to Him? Jesus had declared that Mary had chosen the better part, concerned more with the Person of Christ, than the stuff of hospitality.
And so here, at this dinner, 6 days before the march to Calvary, it is Mary once again, who steps out to honor Jesus with a special anointing of oil. Luke’s gospel doesn’t mention this anointing, but it is recorded by the three other gospel writers. They record the fact that she came with an alabaster jar filled with very expensive oil or perfume, broke it open and poured it on the head and feet of Jesus.
The point is made that this was such a waste of money! She is a careless woman! Really?
I wonder if Mary even noticed all these self -righteous disciples questioning her action. Did she hear them when they said the perfume should have been sold and the money given to the poor?
Or was she so focused on the Person of Christ, so grateful to Him, filled with such love and so humbled to be in His presence, that she would have broken 10 alabaster jars to honor Him!
Is there anything too good for the Lord Jesus? Can there be anything good enough for the Lord Jesus? That is the real question! And look once again at who is doing this “wasteful” anointing: Mary, whose brother Lazarus had been lost to death, but made alive again by Christ!
What more could she give than her heart of gratitude and this symbol of honor in fragrant perfume, an honor worthy of a king! She had most certainly made Jesus the King of her heart!
Jesus was less than a week away from his death and he knew it. Yet, He is not morbid, or full of anxiety. He enjoys dinner with friends who want to honor Him, and He accepts Mary’s beautiful gift of love, gratitude, and faith.
He silences the disciples when he declares that she has anointed his body for his own burial. I wonder if Mary was more intuitive than the rest?
My point is this: We should all be like Mary. We can daily anoint Jesus with our worship, faith, love and gratitude. We can daily anoint our King with our affection and our faithfulness. But, we need to take deliberate action, like Mary did. She had thoughtfully considered what great gift she could bring to her king. Can we do less?
He who knew no sin at all in his life, became sin for all of us. Anoint the King! He is worthy!
We bless you, King Jesus! You alone deserve all honor, glory and praise! Amen!
Categories: Journey To Victory - The Cross & The Crown