An Extravagant Display of Devotion
October 17, 2004
INTRODUCTION: This beautiful story finds itself providentially placed between the Jews' hatred for Christ and Judas' treachery. The story of Mary's graceful and grateful act is one of the most beautiful on record; it s a story of loving devotion revealing the acceptable motive and true measure of Christian service.
This story serves as almost the last kindness that Jesus had done to Him before the cross. This is the type story that would make a great movie. Matthew and John join Mark in telling it with their own Christ-honoring details. We are told that the city is Bethany, just east of Jerusalem, near the Mount of Olives, only about 2 miles outside of town. The scene takes place at the home of Simon the leper; undoubtedly a man that had been previously healed by the Lord Jesus. Simon invites Jesus and a few close friends over: Lazarus, Martha, Mary, and the disciples.
It only stands to reason that once you invite Jesus into your heart you also invite Him into your home.
Revelation 3:20, "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."
The Bible teaches that Jesus has been invited over for supper. Along with the other men, Jesus would be reclined on a low couch to eat, supported by his left arm and eating with his right.
Let's listen in on this conversation. "Jesus, You probably hear this all the time from your disciples, but I want to personally thank you again for touching me and cleansing me of leprosy." "Well, bless you Simon, I praise My Father in Heaven for bringing you to me."
Lazarus raises his hand, "Jesus, while we are on the subject, I will be eternally grateful to You for bringing me back from the dead. I never dreamed of a second chance at life. Oh, and by the way, had you not called, I would never have come, heaven is awesome!"
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