Summary: We Give because we are in love with the One who has given to us.
Jesus and His friends had been invited to a feast
.......at Simon’s house
and so had many of the prominent people of
Jesus was seated (I presume purposely)
right there between two people that they all knew
Simon and Lazarus
Lazarus of course was the talk of the town
Its hard to dismiss as insignificant
a man raised from the dead
(after being dead 4 days!)
He had been healed by Jesus
no small miracle either
and he was a Pharisee
not too many Pharisees
had been healed of anything!
and Simon had been healed of this
disease which of all diseases
was a “judgment of God on sinners”
he was the talk of the town as well
a Pharisee that seemed
to be a disciple of Jesus
There were other people there that we know.
Judas, of course,
I’m sure he wouldn’t miss
this high society get together
Jesus was in the lime light.
I mean rubbing shoulders
with the important people.
Jesus is being enjoyed by people who count!
must have been sitting as close to
Simon, Lazarus, and Jesus as he could.
there are definite personal advantages
to being seen with Jesus.
Martha was there, too.
we dont hear much about her being there
but she was busy with all of the work necessary
for a feast like this to take place.
and there was Mary
Since she was a woman
(one with quite a reputation at that!)
I presume she was there as one of the servers, too
Like Martha, we weren’t really supposed
to have associated her with this feast
but as usual she was sticking close to Jesus
not for show
like Judas and Simon
but because she loved Jesus
Really loved Jesus
many there that night liked Jesus
hoped they would see Him do something Great
enjoyed associating with Him
But Mary loved Jesus
It was Jesus who had lifted her up from her life of sin
Jesus had forgiven her
Jesus had given her a new lease on life
and talk about life
sitting right over there by Jesus
was her brother
raised from the dead
How could she not love Jesus!
Simon saw Jesus as a great teacher
Judas saw Jesus as a potential national hero
but Mary saw Jesus as the Saviour He came to be.
and that’s why that night at the feast
her response to Jesus was so different
from the response of the
They were dreaming of what they would get out of
their relation to this possible future King of Israel
Mary in her deep love
just wanted to honor Her Lord.
Nothing was too expensive for Jesus
in fact, anything less than the best
was not even thinkable.
She would use the most expensive perfume
to show her response to what Jesus had done for her.
Mary did not give
in order to gain the attention of the crowd!
But she got it!!
Mary only was responding in her love for Jesus
she impulsively gave everything
she gave without thinking how many hours of work
she would have to work to pay for that perfume!
because she had to give!
without even thinking about any one but Jesus.
But all those important people
they noticed that Mary was getting Jesus attention
when they wanted to be the center of attention!
Judas was enraged.
he began whispering his complaints
to those near him,
“How could Jesus allow this woman to throw money
away like this”
Judas knew nothing about
loving and giving.
Judas only knew about getting
So he complained
when he saw true sacrificial love.
and his murmur passed round the table
and Mary heard the words of criticism
Her response to Jesus
had been automatic
it had been from the heart
not necessarily a response thought out
so she wondered
was the criticism right?
should she have given to the poor instead???
What would her
sensible sister say?
What would Jesus think
of her impulsiveness?
and she was about
to sneak away
when Jesus said,
in His loving and merciful way,
"Don’t give Mary a hard time.”
and then, paraphrased,
She has given to me while I am still here
She has given to me
while there is still time to give
some of you will wait until its too late!
What a contrast between
and Mary’s heart!
He claimed to be interested in the poor
that perfume could have been sold to help
but he really wished he could get his
nds on that money
Mary gave virtually everything she had of value
while Judas sat there dreaming up how to get anther 30!
What a contrast
between Mary’s love for Jesus