Jesus…….Christ……..Son of God……Prince of Peace…….Messiah……..God with Us …….. Yeshua……..Savior……Lamb of God……..Friend!! This man, this God, this being that loved, lived and died to be raised again so that I may love, live and NOT die. I want to KNOW, UNDERSTAND and LIVE what HE said, what HE lived!! So I am digging in the Gospels starting with John, I am taking notice and keeping track of what He said because that tells me how He lived, who He is and it reveals His Father!!
Do you really know what all your Savior said, and how he truly lived? Journey with me, let us really “HEAR” Him so we can really “SEE” Him!!
So what did I hear and see? (What Jesus said is from the New American Standard and my words are in blue)
So what may seem wrong is right or right is wrong depending on the circumstances and the motive. Not always of course but we see here that using the perfume in this manner does seem wasteful especially if you consider selling it and giving the money to the poor. Though the motive behind this woman pouring perfume on Jesus was worship; devotion, adoration, intense love and that is never wasteful or useless. We also see that there was another purpose behind it, that the women herself knew nothing about; this purpose had to do with Jesus’ burial. God can and will take even the smallest act of worship; obedience, love and turn it into to something beautiful; useful, beneficial and just plain good!
23 And Jesus *answered them, saying, “(AE)The hour has come for the Son of Man to (AF)be glorified. 24 Truly, truly, I say to you, (AG)unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 (AH)He who loves his [h]life loses it, and he who (AI)hates his [i]life in this world will keep it to life eternal. 26 If anyone [j]serves Me, he must follow Me; and (AJ)where I am, there My servant will be also; if anyone [k]serves Me, the Father will (AK)honor him.
Jesus had to die, there was no way around it. With Jesus death came so much fruit; love, goodness, forgiveness, power, mercy, grace, hope and so much more. When we give our life to Him we must die to the flesh so that the fruit can be produced, and we must die to the flesh daily so that the fruit can continue to reproduce!!
27 “(AL)Now My soul has become troubled; and what shall I say, ‘(AM)Father, save Me from (AN)this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour. 28 (AO)Father, glorify Your name.” Then a (AP)voice came out of heaven: “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.” 29 So the crowd of people who stood by and heard it were saying that it had thundered; others were saying, “(AQ)An angel has spoken to Him.” 30 Jesus answered and said, “(AR)This voice has not come for My sake, but for your sakes.
Once again we see that something that took place was not for anyone’s benefit but ours. What God did, what His son did it was all for our benefit; so that we might hear, see and believe!!
31 (AS)Now judgment is upon this world; now (AT)the ruler of this world will be cast out. 32 And I, if I (AU)am lifted up from the earth, will (AV)draw all men to Myself.” 33 But He was saying this (AW)to indicate the kind of death by which He was to die. 34 The crowd then answered Him, “We have heard out of (AX)the Law that [l](AY)the Christ is to remain forever; and how can You say, ‘The (AZ)Son of Man must be (BA)lifted up’? Who is this (BB)Son of Man?” 35 So Jesus said to them, “(BC)For a little while longer (BD)the Light is among you. (BE)Walk while you have the Light, so that darkness will not overtake you; he who (BF)walks in the darkness does not know where he goes. 36 While you have the Light, (BG)believe in the Light, so that you may become (BH)sons of Light.”
It all comes back to HIM; we need to look to HIM, hear HIM, believe HIM, walk with HIM, obey HIM and stand firm in HIM!!
44 And Jesus cried out and said, “(BT)He who believes in Me, does not believe in Me but in Him who sent Me. 45 (BU)He who sees Me sees the One who sent Me. 46 (BV)I have come as Light into the world, so that everyone who believes in Me will not remain in darkness. 47 If anyone hears My sayings and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for (BW)I did not come to judge the world, but to save the world. 48 (BX)He who rejects Me and does not receive My sayings, has one who judges him; (BY)the word I spoke is what will judge him at (BZ)the last day. 49 (CA)For I did not speak [s]on My own initiative, but the Father Himself who sent Me (CB)has given Me a commandment as to what to say and what to speak. 50 I know that (CC)His commandment is eternal life; therefore the things I speak, I speak (CD)just as the Father has told Me.”
Now, as I stated above it all goes back to Jesus but then in Jesus it goes even further, it goes back to the Father. Jesus glorified His Father, He obeyed His Father, He please His Father, He loved His Father, He lived for His Father, and He spoke His Father’s words. Jesus the son and God His Father are one. When we believe in Jesus we acknowledge and believe in the Father. You can’t have one without the other!! Jesus is the ONLY way to the Father!!