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Summary: WE ARE LIVING IN A DAY OF SELFISHNESS, (CHRISTIANS) HAVE NO TIME OR LOVE FOR OTHER PEOPLE. IT IS A SHAME THAT A HARLOT HAS TO SHOW US WHAT REAL LOVE IS ALL ABOUT....

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TITLE: SELF-LESS LOVE 8/24/02

TEXT: MARK 14:1 – 11

INTRO:

IN THIS NEW MILLENIUM, WE ARE LIVING IN A SELF CENTERED SOCIETY. WE ARE LIVING IN A DAY OF ABSOLUTE SELFISHNESS. FOR INSTANCE -

· HIGH SOCIETY WOMEN ARE ABORTING BABIES FOR THEIR PERSONAL CONVINIENCE

· CHILDREN ARE SHOVED IN FRONT OF T.V.’S BECAUSE PARENTS WHO ARE SELFISH DON’T WANT TO SHARE THEIR TIME.

· CHRISTIANS GO WEEK AFTER WEEK WITHOUT READING THEIR BIBLES OR FELLOWSHIPPING WITH THE LORD.

· CHRISTIANS SIT IN CHURCH SERVICES YEAR AFTER YEAR WITHOUT EVERY GIVING TO THE LORD

· CHRISTIANS ENJOY ALL GOD’S BLESSINGS WITHOUT EVER DOING ANYTHING FOR GOD IN RETURN.

WE’RE A NATION OF PROUD AND SELFISH PEOPLE!

WELL, ONE OF THE GREATEST EXAMPLES OF HUMILITY AND SELF-LESS LOVE IS FOUND IN THIS STORY HERE BEFORE US. HERE JESUS IS IN -

· BETHANY IN SIMON THE LEPERS HOUSE JUST A FEW MILES FROM JERUSALEM

· IN JUST A FEW DAYS HE WILL BE ARRESTED, TRIED, FOUND INNOCENT YET CRUCIFIED.

· HE KNOWS WHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN IN THE FUTURE.

· I’M SURE HIS HEART WAS HEAVY – YET HE GLAD TO BE FELLOW-SHIPPING WITH HIS FRIENDS.

NOW AS THE LORD IS THERE ENJOYING THE FELLOWSHIP AND RELAXING WITH HIS FRIENDS ALONG COMES A WOMAN WITH AN ALABASTER BOX FILLED WITH SPIKENARD A VERY EXPENSIVE PERFUME. SHE THEN BREAKS IT AND POURS IT ALL OVER THE HEAD OF JESUS.

HERE WAS A WOMAN WHO TOOK HER GIFT OF ABOUT 300 PENCE, (THE EQUIVALENT OF NEARLY A YEARS WAGES) AND SELF-LESSLY POURED IT ALL OUT ON THE LORD WHO SHE LOVED!

I DON’T KNOW IF YOU HAVE EVER EXPERIENCED THAT KIND OF LOVE BEFORE OR NOT – IF YOU HAVE IT PROBLABLY TOOK YOU BY SURPRISE.

ILL. IT MAY HAVE BEEN WHEN YOU WALKED INTO YOUR CHILDS BEDROOM & SAW THAT THEY HAD MADE THE BED, CLOTHES PICKED UP OFF THE FLOOR, AND THE TRASH WAS EMPTIED. THE ROOM WAS A CLEAN AND NEAT. AND IN THE BACK OF YOUR MIND, YOU JUST KNEW THAT YOUR CHILD MUST HAVE DONE SOMETHING WRONG, AND WAS TRYING TO BUTTER YOU UP. SO YOU BEGIN TO QUESTION YOUR CHILD ALONG THOSE LINES, ONLY TO HEAR THIS REPLY, "MOM, IT’S NO BIG DEAL. I JUST DID IT BECAUSE I LOVE YOU."

ILL. OR - MAYBE YOUR HUSBAND CAME HOME WITH A DOZEN ROSES. IT WASN’T YOUR BIRTHDAY, ANNIVERSARY OR MOTHER’S DAY. IT WAS JUST ANOTHER DAY, AND HE BROUGHT YOU ROSES. AND OF COURSE YOU KNEW THAT HE MUST HAVE DONE SOMETHING WRONG. BUT HE SAYS, "NOPE, I BOUGHT THESE FLOWERS BECAUSE I LOVE YOU.

IT IS AN UNEXPECTED ACT OF PURE SELF LESS LOVE. THIS IS THE KIND OF LOVE WE SEE IN THE STORY BEFORE US TODAY AS THIS WOMAN CAME TO JESUS.

SAD TO SAY BUT NEARLY EVERYONE WHO COMES TO CHURCH COMES WITH A SELFISH MOTIVE – THEY ALWAYS COME LOOKING TO GET INSTEAD OF GIVE. THEY WERE THE SAME WAY IN JESUS DAY.

· THE SICK CAME TO BE HEALED

· THE POOR CAME TO BE FED

· THE DISCIPLES CAME BECAUSE CHRIST SPOKE OF A FUTURE KINGDOM

· THE PHARISEE’S CAME TO TRAP HIM IN HIS WORDS

· THE RELIGIOUS CAME TO SEE SIGNS, MIRACLES & WONDERS

· THEY DID NOT COME BECAUSE THEY LOVED CHRIST – THEY CAME BECAUSE THEY WANTED SOMETHING FROM HIM. BUT IN SPITE OF THEIR MOTIVE – JESUS LOVED THEM ANYWAY.

JESUS LOVED –

· THE PEOPLE OF JERUSALEM IN SPITE OF THEIR SIN


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