"LOVING JESUS WITH YOUR BEST"
May 2, 1993
Have you ever heard of the principle of firstfruits? In th
Bible the people brought to God their firstfruits, meanir
their choice examples of a crop harvested was dedicate
to God first. The law of Moses called for them to bring tZ
first, the best, the firstfruits of the land. In fact, it require
them to bring the firstfruits of everything they had, meanir
the first tenth of them, and meaning to God their bes-
Therefore, the principle of firstfruits implies someone's bet
being given to God or being dedicated to God for blessin
Many Christians today ignore and even rebel to the principl
of firstfruits or giving your best to God in everything in life
Giving your best to God is not a dead issue! It is not
Scriptural principle that is now out of date.
In John 12:1-11, we see this principle practiced abov
and beyond, through the New Testament figures know
as Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus who had jus
been raised from the dead. The same story is recorde
in Luke 14. The message from John 12:1-11 tonight i
"Loving Jesus With Your Best!" Let's evaluate the tex
from this light tonight since that is its message to eac
I. THE EXPLANATION OF THE TEXT. (John 12:1-11)
Observed only in Jerusalem as an annual Jewis-
feast held in the month of Nissan which is an overlal
of our months of March and April.
On Nissan 14 the Lamb was slaughtered. On Nissa;
15 the Passover meal was eaten from sunset unti
The Passover commemorated the night befor(
the Israelites were released from Egypt, whei
they placed the blood of a lamb upon the doorpost
and lintels of their homes so that the death ange
would pass over them.
Jesus was eating in the home of Mary, Martha, and
Lazarus, who had just been raised from the dead.
"Spikenard ointment" - a fragrant oil derived from
the root and hairstem of the nard plant which grows
in the mountains of India. It is very expensive and
is genuine ointment.
"Anointed the feet of Jesus" - poured it on feet.
"Wiped it off with her hair" - dried it off feet.
Judas was planning to deliver Him up through betrayal.
"300 denarii" - worth 11 months of wages which was
Average workman's wages was 18 cents which was
the value of one Roman silver coin.
* In Luke 14 Judas asks, "Why has this expensive
oil been wasted?"
He states, "We could have given it to the poor."
Character of Judas is seen here. He was not
concerned about the poor, he was being greedy. As
a keeper of the money box, he used to steal from
it for his own gain.
Jesus rebuked him and said, "leave her alone.
She is preparing me for burial." What she is doing
is beautiful, noble, and a good expression to me.
Luke 14 says, "She is doing what she can do.-"
In fact Jesus said, she is going to use it again on Me
in a matter of days.
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