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ARE YOU SURE YOU ARE READY TO SEE GOD?
Sunday, June 10, 2007
John 12:1-8 (NLT)
Jesus Anointed at Bethany
12 Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead.
2 A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him.
3 Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.
4 But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said,
5 “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.”
6 Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.
7 Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial.
8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
In last week’s text (Isaiah 6:1-8) we studied the authority of the King in worship.
Central to Isaiah’s encounter with God was the pre-eminence of God’s throne.
First and foremost, Isaiah is confronted with a King.
Worship is weightless sentiment without due caution and regard for the rulership of the King.
Worship sets my life before the throne and rule of God.
In worship, I don’t just admire God’s greatness.
I bow before His throne.
Today’s text adds another dimension to our study of the theology of worship:
WORSHIP CANNOT BE SCRIPTURALLY EXPRESSED WITHOUT RADICAL DEMONSTRATIONS OF GIVING AND SERVICE
This story of Mary anointing Jesus with expensive ointment is also told, with slight additions and omissions, by Matthew and Mark.
And, in very simple terms, it expresses one very prominent truth.