EXPOSED BY WORSHIP

John 12:3 Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

 

It’s funny how worship can expose the heart of everyone involved. Mary had just poured out the fragrant oil on the feet of Jesus when another fragrance filled the room. It wasn’t enough for Judas to have his own opinions, he had to attack Mary and her extravagant display of affection. Why do you allow this kind of affection? Why do you allow this kind of waste? Shouldn’t we have fed the poor instead of wasting the oil on your hands and feet?

Have you ever wondered what was really eating at Judas? Sure, he was bummed about the apparent waste of resources (he had other ideas of how to use the money). That wasn’t the real issue; the real issue was the  pubic display of affection. Judas couldn’t let that slide. It put too much pressure on him and the others. Were they expected to worship this way too?

What Judas did’t quite understand was what had made Mary this kind of worshipper? What had changed in the last few days? From something Jesus said we can see into the heart of Mary’s actions.

“For you always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me. In pouring this ointment on my body, she has done it to prepare me for burial.”

That was it! Mary seemed to be the very first from the inner circle to get the implications of His death. This is why He had come. Mary finally understood the source Of His mercy and her forgiveness. He was the sacrificial lamb that John the Baptist had prophesied about. Jesus had come to die. This is what exposed Judas’ heart. Judas wanted the power that would result from a revolution, His death would be the end of those hopes and plans. That’s why that blasted fragrance was so disturbing; it was the smell of Mary’s worship. This was the fragrant worship that sprung from revelation. Jesus had come to die for sinners, this was Mary’s only hope.

This brings us to us. Who is Jesus to you. Is He just a way for us to accomplish our earthly dreams; maybe business, ministry, or even family. Or is He more than that, maybe He is way more than that. How will you know? You will know when you next find yourself in a room where that aroma of worship begins to be poured out. It has a way of uncovering the condition of our hearts.

4 Replies to “EXPOSED BY WORSHIP”

  1. Amen! Love that Mary finally understood the source of his mercy and her forgiveness. Lord we ask for the aroma of worship to fill in our lives…everywhere we go! Play was so impacting Sunday yesterday thought about the two lives of Mary and Judas as pastor Parris shared in blog yesterday and can’t stop humming song ” everything all right yes everything all right” ( yesterday)….anyway may we all worship as Mary did may it increase in all of us!!

  2. AMEN. Our hearts, there condition, is His focus. He wants us to know the truth about our condition so we can make that decision to seek Him. When we give it all to Him, relinquish control, we no longer fit inside man’s neat little box of “appropriate behavior.”
    We worship with inhuman vigor, in ways ridiculous to men. Just yesterday we discussed if God is who He says He is then why not waste it all on Him, there is endless supply. Besides, maybe the extravagant worship will get someone’s attention and they too can meet Jesus for the first time. Remember that day of days? Worse that can happen is your called a fool.

  3. 🙂 HALLELUJAH!!!!!

    FLOW THROUGH THE GREAT I AM DAILY….HALLELUJAH!

    I WORSHIP YOU DAILY KING OF KINGS, JESUS.
    DANCE/ALL WITH YOU. LOVE DANCING with YOU! SHOUTING YOUR POWERFUL NAME.
    JESUS HAS THE BEST DANCE FLOOR IN THIS WORLD…. HALLELUJAH….:)

    GOOD MORNING PASTOR FRANK, HALLELUJAH, HAVE A BLESSED AND FILLED DAY IN OUR KING OF KINGS JESUS… LOVE YOU!!!!! FILL US UP JESUS/HOLY SPIRIT…. 🙂

  4. many times did an aroma of God seem to linger around me! Some times in the church, my car, in the shower, on the street, and etc. Then it was sensed when witnessing Jesus Christ, when reading the scripture, when speaking in tongues, while helping the poor, and etc. It seems as though the fragrance of God comes and Goes. I’m sure he has his reasons for what he does! Even when the aroma isn’t around my love for God is still on going! What his son done on the “Cross Of Calvary” will be remembered throughout all eternity!

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