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When Jesus Comes To Church (3 of 3)
Series: Count Me In
Mark 12:41-45 (41)And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. (42)And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. (43)And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: (44)For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.
Bertha Adams was a pitiful case. At seventy-one years of age, she weighed only fifty pounds. She wore clothing that she received from the Salvation Army. On April 5, 1975, she died of malnutrition in West Palm Beach, Florida, after spending the last few days of her life in a nursing home. When she died, however, authorities made the amazing discovery that she left behind a fortune in her estate valued at over one million dollars.
Here was this lady, seventy-one years of age, living in poverty, dying literally of malnutrition, wearing rags upon her back, while all of her money could have been providing for her needs and for the needs of others.
How great a contrast between that lady who died In West Palm Beach and the little widow that Jesus speaks about in this story, while one horded all that she had, the widow gave all that she had. While one did not use her resources for the kingdom of God and the work of Christ, the other gave all for the kingdom of God and the work of Christ. While one brought no glory to man or to God, the other used everything she had to do nothing but bring glory to the Lord and she is memorialized forever in the Holy Word of God, written by the Holy Spirit because her act of giving was so commendable that Jesus uses it as an example for us all.
Now all of this happened when Jesus came to church. I ...
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