1Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were scheming to arrest Jesus secretly and kill him. 2 “But not during the festival,” they said, “or the people may riot.” 3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of 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. 4 Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? 5 It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly. 6 “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. 9 Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” (Mark 14:1-9, New International Version)
Theme: Rejoicing and Thanksgiving
Thanks again to all who shared their personal lessons yesterday! We now turn to lessons from Wednesday of Passion Week. In the story of the woman who poured perfume on Jesus’ head, there are many lessons including lessons about worship. However, we are going to focus on service. The key words for our consideration today are, “She did what she could.” This is the commendation Jesus gave the brave woman.
First, the woman was in tune with Jesus’ mission. Second, she figured out how she could sacrificially be a part of this mission. Third, she acted, even in the face of rebuke. Consider the immense impact of one person doing what they can for the cause of Christ! The fact that we are also called to serve in the kingdom of God is a source of rejoicing and thanksgiving.
Please study the passage above and compare the behavior of the woman with the behavior of her detractors.
What personal lessons do you take from Jesus’ commendation of the woman’s service?
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