Summary: Extravagant Love (PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request - email: email@example.com)
Reading: Matthew chapter 26 verses 6 to 16
Two brothers were getting ready to boil some eggs and then to colour for Easter.
• "I'll give you £1 if you let me break three of these eggs on your head," said the older one.
• "Do you promise?" asked the younger brother.
• "I promise with all my heart!" said the older brother.
• With the agreement made he then broke two eggs over his brother's head.
• Standing stiff for fear the gooey mess would get all over him, the little boy asked,
• "When is the third egg coming?"
• "It's not," replied the brother.
• "If I do that then it would cost me a £1!"
Sometimes things do not work out the way you have them planned:
• That was certainly true for the People we reads about in;
• Matthew chapter 26 verses 6 to 16
I want to divide the story under five headings:
(1). the Place (vs 6a).
• Verse 6:
• “Jesus was in Bethany in the home of Simon the Leper”
• The village of Bethany is only 3km from Jerusalem;
• That is two miles in old money.
• It was a favorite place of Jesus and he visited it on many occasions;
• Three of his closest friends shared a house there.
• Bethany was home to Mary, Martha & Lazarus.
• And for Jesus Bethany was an oasis, a hideaway, somewhere to go and relax!
• For Jesus these friends did not just own a house but a home,
• A home where he can switch off and relax, ‘recharge his batteries’.
• He was accepted for who he was;
• Rather than a miracle working showman.
• The crowds were after miracles;
• Mary, Martha & Lazarus wanted him! These were his close friends!
• For Jesus this was a real home,
• A place where he can switch off and relax, ‘recharge his batteries’.
• Have you ever been so tired that you are just not sure you can go on?
• If the answer is yes, you might appreciate this story.
• A woman who had recently moved into a small village in Wiltshire,
• Was in the backyard hanging out the washing on the line.
• When an old, tired-looking dog wandered into the yard.
• She could tell from his collar and well-fed belly that he had a home.
• As she walked into the house, the dog followed her in,
• Sat down under the kitchen table and fell sound asleep.
• An hour later, he woke up;
• Went over to the door and she let him out.
• The next day he was back.
• He took up the same position under the kitchen table and slept for an hour.
• This continued for several weeks. Curious, she pinned a note to his collar:
• "Every afternoon your dog comes to my house for a nap."
• The next day the dog arrived with a different note pinned to his collar:
• "He lives in a home with 6 children - he’s trying to catch up on his sleep."
As I have mentioned, Bethany for Jesus usually was:
• A place where he is loved and accepted,
• A place people wanted to enjoy him and his company.