Summary: Is your love a extravagant, costly love. Are you Broken and spilled out in your love for Christ? That’s the only kind of love that is going to change our world.
Broken and Spilled Out
Pastor Glenn Newton 3-18-01
Mark 14:1-11Now the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were only two days
away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some sly way to
arrest Jesus and kill him. 2 "But not during the Feast," they said, "or the people may
MK 14:3 While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known
as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume,
made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.
MK 14:4 Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, "Why this
waste of perfume? 5 It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the
money given to the poor." And they rebuked her harshly.
MK 14:6 "Leave her alone," said Jesus. "Why are you bothering her? She has done a
beautiful thing to me. 7 The poor you will always have with you, and you can help
them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 8 She did what she could.
She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. 9 I tell you the
truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will
also be told, in memory of her."
MK 14:10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray
Jesus to them. 11 They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So
he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
How many of you have done something crazy because of that thing called love? You say
things you wouldn’t normally say. You spend more time looking in the mirror. You try
to write poetry even though you don’t have a clue. Being in love makes you do irrational
things. You carve your names on tree trunks. You hold hands while trying to eat
burritos. You can sit two people where normally one person could barely sit. Being in
love can be excessive. The practical question “Does this make sense?” doesn’t apply to
people deeply in love. Would you agree?
I still remember with cold chills the day I asked Nola’s Dad for her hand in marriage. You
talk about scarred. I think that day, I kind of felt what Daniel was feeling as he was being
lowered into the lion’s den.
I think I had already been at the house for about an hour and hadn’t been able to
bring it up. And what made it worse was that Nola had told her mom that I was going to
do this, so there both staring, and snickering, which made it 10 times worse.
Finally Jim went outside to water the cattle, and I followed and made small talk, and then
because my Love for Nola was bigger than my fear of Jim, I finally told him what was on
my mind. I still think that he knew the whole time what was going to happen that day, and
he was making it kind of hard on me. Of coarse, as any concerned father, he asked me
some silly questions like, “How are you going to make it financially?” Where are you
going to live?” You know silly things like that. If I remember right I said something
profound like, were going to live on Love. I’m sure that gave him great comfort.
But you see, when love is involved, being excessive, and extravagant and
impractical many times isn’t far behind.
But as you know, something can happen to us the longer we are in love. It happens
almost by osmosis. We grow up, and sometimes we grow out and up. It’s not something
that happens overnight. But slowly, and ever so surely, we replace costly with practical,
we exchange the extravagant for sensible, spontaneous for responsible, and the lavish for
It’s not that we stop loving. It’s just that the more mature our love becomes, so
does our means of expressing it. We begin to pride ourselves in being thrifty and
conservative people, not given to indulgence in any area of our lives. We are much more
comfortable being in control. We would rather be considered economical than excessive,
and cautious rather than risky.
Can you relate to that transformation that can take place?
I want you to think about this from the standpoint of a new believer. We come into
worship and sit next to the brand-new Christians. It doesn’t matter if we are singing
hymns or choruses, it doesn’t matter if we are standing or sitting, it doesn’t’ matter what’s
going on, the tears roll down their cheeks. Whenever that alter is open for anything, they