by Roger Thomas

Extravagant Love
Roger Thomas
Matthew 26:6-13

According to businesses, Valentine’s Day is the third biggest day of the year for buying gifts. Christmas is first. Mother’s Day is second. I am not sure Father’s Day made the list. When it comes to candy, flowers, and cards, Valentine’s Day moves to second place right behind Christmas. I don’t want to put any pressure on you guys, but 70% of folk buy their sweethearts a Valentine’s Day present. The price of the gift will average over $140. According to the research, if it weren’t for the skinflints in this room, the average would be a lot higher!

Of course, wise men know that the buying the right gift can be as important as the amount of money spent. Flowers, candy, and jewelry are always good on Valentine’s Day. On the other hand, a vacuum cleaner, a diet book or a new tractor is not.

I am sure you heard about the gal who dreamed of owning a new Ferrari sports car. When her husband asked what she wanted for Valentine’s Day, she told him, ‘‘Something that goes from 0 to 200 in sixty seconds.’’ He bought her a shiny new silver bathroom scales. The funeral is on Tuesday.

Today’s text is a Valentine’s story of sorts. It’s not about married love or romantic love of any kind, though some have tried to read it into this text. The story poses the question that faces every believer-when it comes to our love for Christ, how much is too much?

Those on the One Year Bible schedule read this passage on Thursday. On the surface, this text might seem like a detour from the main event. The fact remains. It is part of Jesus’ story for a reason. Matthew, Mark, and John all write about it. Matthew and Mark’s accounts are nearly identical. John adds quite a few more details.

The story is important because of when it takes place. The event happens at the beginning of Jesus’ last week. The countdown to the cross has begun. John tells us the dinner was in honor of Jesus and his raising of Lazarus from the dead. The meeti ...

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