Broken and Poured Out
David A. Cawston
Excerpt from body of sermon:
We have all been invited to a party. It is a very special gathering at Simon's home in Bethany. Use your gift of imagination tonight and let's let Mark's account come alive.
Jesus said that the kingdom of God is to be like a joyous feast.
So we must catch a glimpse of this party. There is warmth, love, happiness and shear joy.
Out host is Simon and he is enjoying the party most of all. You see Simon was a leper. It was only a short time ago that he was given permission by the Rabbi's to return to society.
He had been healed by Jesus of Nazareth. You can be sure that he had some difficulty explaining his healing to the Rabbis and many people didn't believe him.
Beginning of sermon:
1 After two days it was the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take Him by trickery and put Him to death.
2 But they said, "Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar of the people."
3 And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head.
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.
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.
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." (NKJ)
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