About a month ago, I was spending some time in God’s Word and came across a passage that jumped off the pages. I had read it before and heard countless messages on it, but the Lord brought fresh revelation to me in that moment; I remember thinking, “This will be my next sermon.”
If you know me, you know that didn’t mean I was preparing to preach on a stage – that simply meant that the next person I saw was going to get a Word! However, the Lord had other plans and I was asked to preach twice – for our last young adult service of 2017 and for our last Wednesday evening service of 2017. It was clear to me that the Word wasn’t just for me.
Mark 14: 1- 9 says:
“Now 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. ‘But not during the festival,’ they said, ‘or the people may riot.’ 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. Some of those present 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 beautiful 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. Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.’”
This is just one account of this anointing of Jesus with perfume, in the seventh chapter of Luke we read that this expensive perfume was poured, along with her tears, on Christ’s feet. Again, I’ve read this passage so many times and I’ve heard many sermons on it, but with fresh eyes and the Holy Spirit’s emphasis, I was moved to tears myself. The Lord was giving me a rhea word for this season… and I pray it encourages you too.
Shortly after reading this passage, I heard a message from Bishop T.D. Jakes on it and he brought this out from the passage: Some theologians believe that the reason why the disciples and other believers got so mad at this woman is because they were also poor and this woman showed them up.
I’ve always been an expressive worshipper; I mean jumping, shouting, clapping – you name it. I went to a conservative Christian university where there were mandatory daily chapel services, and I gave God praise like it was Sunday morning. Rumor got around to me and my friends that some folks thought that we worshipped the way we did for attention. It was laughable then and it’s laughable now.
I praise Him the way I do because I have no other choice!
This woman pushed through the crowd to give Jesus everything. They didn’t know her story but she knew she had to get to Jesus.
Friends, in 2018, do what you need to do to get to Jesus. Spend more time in the Word. Pray aloud. Spend more time outdoors. Sit and reflect during your favorite worship song in service. Raise your hands in surrender. Just get to Jesus.
I love Jesus’ response : “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing. She did what she could.”
She did what she could.
She gave what she had. And she didn’t have it all figured out. She didn’t know the right words to say.
Friends, in 2018, let’s give what we can. Read the same verse for a week. Pray your raw, honest prayers. When you mess up, repent and move forward.
In 2018, let just get to Jesus.