6 And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, 7 a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. 8 But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? 9 For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor.”
10 But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me. 11 For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always. 12 For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial. 13 Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.”
Jesus had announced his death to His disciples, but they did not grasp it yet. However, Jesus knew what was coming next and when He was anointed with the “very costly fragrant oil” He knew it was in preparation for His burial. The disciples were indignant for this waste convinced that the sale of this oil would have been better for everyone. Jesus continued His defense of this woman’s actions noting that her sacrifice for Him would be remembered long after the disciples were gone.
Let’s look at the sacrifice of this woman and the reason behind it. In Mark 14:3-9 we find that this woman is identified as Mary, the sister of Lazarus, who Jesus raised from the dead. Jesus had performed a miracle of life for this family and His work was not taken lightly. Mary, in utter abandon, came to Jesus with potentially her most valuable earthly possession to worship Him with the greatest worship she could bring. Jesus, knowing what the next days would bring, accepted Mary’s worship and silenced the critics saying that her gift was for His burial.
As we think about God giving us eternal life through the gift of His Son, are we as overwhelmed with a desire to worship as Mary was? As we are coming into Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday are we preparing ourselves to worship our Lord for the miracle of life that He has freely bestowed upon us? I fear that in the busyness of life that we will “bump” into Good Friday, say a prayer of thanks and then “bump” again into Resurrection Sunday with a few words of thanksgiving and then move on to Monday. Suppose we took the attitude of Mary this year and sought to deeply worship the Savior. What might be different from previous years?
Jesus said that Mary’s sacrifice for Him would be remembered. What are we doing for the Savior that would be memorable to Him? How great is our worship? How determined are our actions of praise as we come into the time of year when we focus on His death and resurrection so we could have eternal life?
We watched the election coverage last night thanking God for the voice of the people. The people of Indonesia voted to continue their commitment to a pluralistic society that offers freedom of religion in their country. We spent time thanking the Lord for this gift of this freedom at this time in our history. Today is a peaceful day in the city showing the commitment to democracy that most of the people have. We are thankful.
Tomorrow night at 6:00 there will be a Good Friday service here. Different men in the church will be reading the seven sayings of Christ from the Cross. This will be a serious service focused on the death and suffering of the Savior who gave His life so we could live.
Tomorrow at 11:45 we will again open the church for Christian prayer. If you are in the area please join with us as we spend time thanking God for His wonderful gift to us.
Bobbi’s dad went into the hospital with kidney failure. He has had kidney disease for a while now and his blood count came back showing the kidneys were not working enough. We are praying for a treatment that has the potential of bringing his kidneys back to a decent function. Ed is in good spirits, as he usually always is. Thank you for your prayers.
Have a great day in the Lord,