Sunday, July 3, 2011

Anointing The Lord


Matthew 26:5-13

And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simeon the leper, a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table.

But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, "Why this waste?"

"For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor."

But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, "Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me."

"For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always."

For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for my burial."

"Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her."

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A woman came to the Lord Jesus Christ, opened an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and poured it on His head.

The woman took this occasion to worship and adore the Lord Jesus Christ.

And she anointed Him with the very expensive fragrance oil.

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The Lord Jesus Christ saw this more than just an act of adoration.

He saw this as a preparation for His death and burial.

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But the disciples were angry.

They protested regarding this waste of money.

For they thought it could have been sold and given the money to the poor.

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The woman believed that the Lord Jesus Christ was worthy of such extravagant worship.

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The disciples saw money as of more important.

They would want to use the money to serve the poor.

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What this woman did was a natural reaction of her love for the Lord Jesus Christ.

She poured out her most precious gift as an expression of her love for the Lord Jesus Christ!

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This love and intimacy were more precious in the sight of our Lord than any act of kindness to the poor or any other kind of philanthropy!

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What our Lord wants from us is our hearts!

He wants us to seek Him above anything else and to abide in Him.

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When we live in communion in Christ, we will do good works to the poor and needy.

This is a natural reaction of our relationship with Him.

But many today are preaching a type of social gospel where Christ the Person is missing.

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Christianity is about the Lord Jesus Christ.

The essence of Christianity is to be union with Christ, and not to be social workers.

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The woman recognized she was in the presence of the Incarnate God and she did what was appropriate.

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Our goal in life is to be united with the Lord Jesus Christ.

This unity has two dimensions:

- On the one side we are as empty vessels seeking to be filled with God's grace and presence.

- On the other side we are to live a life of praise and thanksgiving, and sacrifice our lives for the One who sacrificed His life for us.

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The woman was not concerned about the earthly worth of the perfume.

She was so engaged in worship that she poured out her love, praise, and thanksgiving to the Lord Jesus Christ.

And the Lord Jesus Christ did not allow the others to take that away from her.

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The Lord promised that her action would be a memorial to her wherever the gospel was preached.

Her love for Christ was honored by the Lord.


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