Take the Locks off the Box by Steve Wagers

Take the Locks off the Box
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
Mark 14: 3-9
June 20. 2010

1. The Cross She Depicted!
A. Prophetically
B. Personally
2. The Criticism She Dispelled!
A. A Sincerity that was Pure
B. A Sacrifice that was Priceless
3. The Credit She Deserved!
A. She Thanked Jesus with Her Appreciation
B. She Touched Jesus by Her Adoration

Some of you may be familiar with the children's book entitled, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. This little kid named Alexander has "one of those days." Nothing goes right. He has back to back disappointments. It is one continuous "downer." Take for example, when he wakes in the morning:

"I went to sleep with gum in my mouth and now there's gum in my hair and when I got out of bed this morning, I tripped on the skateboard and by mistake I dropped my sweater in the sink while the water was running and I could tell it was going to be a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day."

After a terrible day at school, a horrible visit to the dentist, and no-good stop at the shoe store, Alexander slumps in his chair at the supper table. His troubles continue:

"There were lima beans for dinner and I hate limas. There was kissing on the TV and I hate kissing. My bath was too hot, I got soap in my eyes, my marble went down the drain, and I had to wear my railroad pajamas. I hate my railroad pajamas. When I went to bed Nick took back the pillow he said I could keep and the Mickey Mouse night-light burned out and I bit my tongue. The cat wants to sleep with Anthony, not with me. It has been a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day."

That was a day Alexander would never forget, and what takes place in Mark 14 is a day Jesus would never forget.

In 3 of the Gospels, Matthew, Mark and John we find a special Memorial Day moment. It involves a lady by the name of Mary who came to pay a special tribute to the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. I am drawn to Mark's account of the ...

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