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20 September 2017

Mark 14:3

“While He was at Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on His head.”

God is an extravagant God.

How do I know? He gave up the best He had in Heaven, Jesus, and sent Him to die for us. How else do I know? I open my eyes and see the beauty of His creation all around us. Have you ever stopped to count the different shades of green you can see on one tree? Or on one leaf? How many flowers there are which we treat as weeds? How many beaches there are around the coast? How many different snowflakes there are? We take so much for granted. We become complacent and joyless. Thankfulness is an attitude. And thankfulness puts joy back into our lives.

What was Jesus doing accepting her gratitude? Accepting her ‘worship’? Yet Jesus let her do it. She had saved up a lot of her wages – over a year’s worth and was now ‘throwing it all away’ in one moment of complete reckless, thoughtless, emotional abandonment.

How was she to live after that? She was ‘throwing away’ her nest egg. Total abandonment for a moment’s passion.

No, I don’t believe it was for a moment’s passion. Her passion had at last found fulfilment. Not in emotional love but in spirituality. She was now so passionate about Jesus that nothing else mattered. The past and the future were all absorbed in the present. And yet the present was also to become her future. From now on Jesus would be everything, not just in her mind but her whole lifestyle.

The problem for those who criticised her was that Jesus just wasn’t that worthy. Oh yes, keep in His company – it’s always good value to be around Him but don’t ask me to change my lifestyle please.

Jesus said that what she did would be told in her memory. He is right. I just have.

Listen, would you rather be remembered as being like her or her critics? You see, we also will be remembered for what we do (not what we think or believe). If we are to be like Jesus, not only do we need to give, we need to be recklessly extravagant in our devotion to Him, otherwise we are not really like God at all.

From Simon’s supper, Mark leads us into Jesus’ supper. What a difference. Jesus’ supper is simple but profound. Not lavish delicacies – just bread and wine.

The bread - “Take it; this is My Body” (v 22).

The wine - “This is My Blood of the Covenant, which is poured out for many.” “I tell you the truth, I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it anew in the Kingdom of God” (v 24-25).

Once more, He will do it – when we are all together. What a tremendous prospect.

Tell me, are you really grateful? Then why not spend a few moments now, saying, “Thank You, Jesus”?

And are you looking forward to and preparing for “that Day”?

 


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