"Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus' honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary (their sister) took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus' feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume..." (John 12:1-3).
As you recall, right away Judas Iscariot objected. He wanted to know why this perfume was not sold and given to the poor. Because he was the keeper of the money bag, he was used to helping himself to what was put into it. Later Judas would betray Jesus.
"Leave her alone," Jesus replied. "It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me." (John 12:7)
Why are we here?
When Jesus rode into Jerusalem the next day on the colt of a donkey, the people present were there to see the one who had raised Lazarus from the dead. (They wanted to see the one who had performed a miracle, not because of Who He Was.) They lay palm branches on the road before him, shouting "Hosanna!" "Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!"
There were Jews, Gentiles and the Pharisees, some to praise him, others out of curiosity. This fulfilled the scripture foretold: "Do not be afraid Daughter Zion; see, your king is coming, seated on a donkey's colt."
His disciples did not understand until after Jesus was glorified that this day fulfilled old testament prophecy.
Jesus came not as a conqueror, but as a prophet of peace.
Only five days later Jesus was crucified on the cross for our sins! He arose from the grave on day 7 following that Palm Sunday, victorious over death--our sins had been covered by his blood sacrifice.
What a difference a week makes!
You have a purpose.
Each of us is uniquely created and gifted, to be of service to Christ.
How do we serve?
Know God's heart and know yourself--discover the gifts God has given you, and use them!
Then Jesus said to them: "The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. Anyone who loves his life will lose it, while anyone who loses his life in this world for my sake will keep it for eternity. Whoever serves me must follow me; and where I am, my servant also will be. My Father will honor the one who serves me."
- Read chapter 12 of the book of John in the Bible and meditate on God's Word.
- Listen to the message The Way, the Truth, and the Life again to see what other insights you discover.
- Join us next Sunday at Antelope Springs Church at 9 or 10:45 a.m.
- Listen to other messages by Pastor Mike Easter on the radio Tuesdays at 4 p.m. Pacific Time at AM710 KFIA.