Pouring Our Lives To Jesus
28 Sep 2013 Service – Kong Hee
3 Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.
4 But one of His disciples, Judas Iscariot, Simon’s son, who would betray Him, said, 5 “Why was this fragrant oil not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?” 6 This he said, not that he cared for the poor, but because he was a thief, and had the money box; and he used to take what was put in it.
7 But Jesus said, “Let her alone; she has kept this for the day of My burial. 8 For the poor you have with you always, but Me you do not have always.”
Judas was upset of such an expensive ‘waste’, when it could have been given to the poor. 300 denari was about a year’s wages!(as the average agricultural worker received one denarius for 12 hours work: Matthew 20:2) Putting it into perspective, if you earn $3,000 a month, then the spikenard was worth about $36,000!
Not only was it expensive, it was Mary’s dowry; it was her passport to a successful marriage. In those days, every girl wanted to marry the guy that they loved, and the dowry was an important factor in that. It was symbolic of her life. It was a sacrifice of her highest magnitude. But to Judas it was just a waste.
Waste: An act of expending something carelessly, extravagantly, to no purpose.
Why waste it on Jesus, Judas thought. But Mary was so thankful that Jesus saved her brother Lazarus. But more importantly, how much is Jesus worth to you? He was worth so much to Mary that she was willing to spend a year’s wages of sacrifice.
Our expression to love God can be very costly. He who is forgiven much, loves much. The more grace and mercy we receive.
The Characteristics of Judas
1. Judas was a Patriot
He loved Israel. He was the only one from judea, and was considered upper class and more sophisticated. That’s why he was appointed as treasurer.
“Iscariot” means dagger man; Carries a knife ready to kill any Romans encountered.
2. Judas was Religious
He was a zealot! But he had a twisted understanding of the word. He was very self righteous.
4 But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, “Why was this fragrant oil wasted? 5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they criticized her sharply. Mk 14:4-5
Socially he was right. But Mary wasn’t offering a donation to meet a need. She was offering a sacrifice to express her love for Jesus!
There’s a difference between making a donation and an offering.
Donations are to meet needs. Offerings are to express love.
If we are just to meet a need then we just need the bare minimum. Just a room big enough to house everyone and a small speaker system, no need for a big church with nice chairs and aircon. Right?
“…and the house to be built for the Lord must be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious throughout all countries.” 1 Chr 22:5
We are building His house to express our love! It should be exceedingly magnificent, famous and glorious!
3. Judas was a Natural Man
He didn’t have a heart for Christ. He was natural in his thinking.
Judas was upset about the expensive sacrifice….
6 But Jesus said, “Let her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a good work for Me. 7 For you have the poor with you always, and whenever you wish you may do them good; but Me you do not have always. 8 She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial. Mk 14:6-8
10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Him to them. 11 And when they heard it, they were glad, and promised to give him money. So he sought how he might conveniently betray Him.Mk 14:10-11
3 Then Satan entered Judas, surnamed Iscariot, who was numbered among the twelve. 4 So he went his way and conferred with the chief priests and captains, how he might betray Him to them. Lk 22:3-4
A disappointment that was not dealt with, simmered and built under the surface, and ultimately became an entry for demon possession.
Mary’s Defining Moment…
In the olden days, Nard was sealed in a one time use, marble like container. The vessel had to be sealed well, so the perfume would not evaporate. You had to break the neck of the container to pour out the contents. Once the vessel was opened, there was no turning back. It had to be used up all at once or be wasted.
By breaking the flask, Mary will never get the bottle or the spikenard back. Essentially she will never get married. But she poured out everything to Jesus, that was how much she loved him. Nothing counted more to her that day than expressing her love for Jesus and she would spare no expense.
What mattered to the woman, was anointing Jesus and being obedient to what she was called to do. She was not seeking to take from Him as many believers do today.
Am I giving all that I am to the One that is All? Am I serving others or just seeking to be served? Am I giving out of a heart filled with love or a heart desiring to receive all that I can get?
This became the defining point and moment in her life.
She made a complete sacrifice, and broke the bottle. When Moses smote the rock with his rod, he broke the rock, and the water poured out. Gideon’s three hundred men broke their pitchers to let out the light. Jesus broke His own body on the cross that He might save the world. So those who would have the highest Christian experiences must break their bottles.
12 What shall I render to the Lord
For all His benefits toward me?
13 I will take up the cup of salvation,
And call upon the name of the Lord.
14 I will pay my vows to the Lord
Now in the presence of all His people.
As a result of this woman’s faithfulness, love and kindness, her act was even told to the world throughout generations and generations.
9 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.” Mk 14:9
What is your alabaster jar of costly perfume? What do you love and what is more precious to you possibly even more than Christ Himself? Will you break your own costly bottles of perfume and pour it out at the feet of Jesus Christ? Will you make decisions that you know there is no turning back?
Create your defining moment in God!