It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. What was it that Jesus declared as "beautiful" and others called a "waste"? Out of love for her Lord, Mary, the sister of Lazarus, poured an expensive perfume over Jesus’ head and onto His feet. As the fragrance filled the house, Judas and others were quick to criticize Mary, pointing out that the perfume was worth more than a years' wages. (Mark 14:1-11) When you see that Judas' next act was to arrange to betray Jesus, you realize that his criticism was actually aimed at Jesus. Jesus wasn’t living up to Judas' ideal of the Messiah. More bluntly, Judas wasn’t getting what he expected from Jesus. …Is there a Judas within you? Think of the times you’ve been frustrated with Jesus, times He has not met your expectations. Think of the times you’ve criticized and questioned life but you were really criticizing and questioning Jesus. Just like Judas and the other disciples showed at times, we tend to forget why Jesus really came.
Then there is Mary, of whom Jesus said, "She has done a beautiful thing." Focus not on what she did but on WHY she did it. For all the times Jesus said He had to suffer, die, and rise again on the third day, for all the times the disciples refused to accept this and so failed to understand it, Mary heard and believed. It is just as Jesus said: "She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial." By grace, Mary knew why Jesus came and what He came to do, and it’s a beautiful thing to see the effect it had on her. Her extravagant outpouring was an expression of love to the One who would pour out His life on the cross as the sacrifice for our sins. Jesus said that Mary’s story would be told along with the Gospel throughout the world. What He said is being fulfilled right now that you also may know why Jesus came. Come and see why FAITH IN JESUS IS A BEAUTIFUL THING.
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Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church
Daniel is the Staff Minister at Christ Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, El Paso TX.