Sunday, October 01, 2006

Mary Annoints Jesus

Journey to the Cross-Station 3

1 Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. 2 A dinner was prepared in Jesus' honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate* with him. 3 Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar* of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus' feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.
4 But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, 5 "That perfume was worth a year's wages.* It should have been sold and the money given to the poor." 6 Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples' money, he often stole some for himself.
7 Jesus replied, "Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me."- John 12: 1-8

Mary was moved by the Holy Spirit and poured out expensive perfume onto Jesus' feet as an act of worship. I think Mary's act of worship was pure, passionate, real, expensive, extravagent. And it touched the heart of Jesus. Jesus knew he was headed to the cross, and Mary's act of Worship was a blessing to him. This verse really made me think about what worship means to me as well as to God. I think that this verse has taken my daily devotionals to another level by knowing how truly God delights in our praise and worship. We are called to live every moment of our lives in fragrant worship of Jesus. Think about finding a way to pour out your love to Jesus, extravegently.

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