Date: May 11, 1997
Series: Face to Face: How Jesus Talked with Real People
Speaker: Steve Hixon
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"Six days before the passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. (He was in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper). Here a dinner was given in Jesus' honor. Martha served while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took an alabaster jar of about a pint of pure nard (a very expensive perfume); she broke the jar and poured it on Jesus' head and feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
"Some of those present (especially Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him), were saying indignantly to one another, "Why this waste of perfume? It could have been sold for more than a year's wages and the money given to the poor." And they rebuked her harshly.
"Leave her alone," said Jesus. "Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautifhl thing to me. The poor you will always have with you and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her."
1. Who is your audience?
"As I ponder the story of Mary, the feeling of my heart is that I would rather be in succession to her, than the whole company of apostles."
G. Campbell Morgan
2. Are you a true worshiper?
"Worship is a heart transformed that expresses itself regardless of cost."