Summary: We could grow and rise beyond our situation when we do the unpopular. Based on the example of Mary, the sister of Lazarus, we can do these 4 actions so we can grow.
Growing by Doing the Unpopular
6 Now while Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, 7 a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of expensive perfumed oil, and she poured it on his head as he was at the table.
8 When the disciples saw this, they became indignant and said, "Why this waste? 9 It could have been sold at a high price and the money given to the poor!"
10 When Jesus learned of this, he said to them, "Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a good service for me. 11 For you will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.
12 When she poured this oil on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will also be told in memory of her."
Setting the Text
-- The Gospel of Matthew
---- Presents Jesus as the King of the Jews
---- Jesus the Christ, the Messiah
-- 5 Sermons
-- Who was this woman?
---- The sinful woman (Luke 7)
---- Mary Magdalene
---- Mary the sister of Martha and Lazarus
1. Come to the King.
-- At the right place
-- At Simon’s the Leper house
---- Would you go to an ex-HIV patient’s house?
-- With the right stuff
---- An expensive perfume
---- A gift for a king
---- Do you give God your spare change?
2. Pour yourself out.
-- The most expensive perfume
-- It represents her life
---- Broken and spilled out
-- On the right person
-- On Jesus the Messiah
-- Who raised her brother from the dead
-- Have you encounter His power?
3. Despise the crowd.
-- They were indignant
-- Holier than the Messiah
-- More righteous than the Messiah
-- They complained
---- In the name of efficiency
---- In the name of the poor
-- They have not encountered GOD
4. Accept His honor.
-- By the right person
-- The Messiah
---- The God in the Flesh
-- Time and memorial
---- It was to prepare His body for burial
-- She understood who He was !!!