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John Moore
July 18, 2022 | John Moore

The Week of the Cross – Jesus to Return – Making My Life Count - Part Five

We are now in the last week of Jesus’ life.  His entry into Jerusalem, his final instructions to the crowds and to the disciples.  In this final week Jesus predicts his death by crucifixion in two days.  This is followed by the details of the sham trial to be conducted by the religious leaders to trap and murder Jesus.  Yet in this impending crisis, again, a woman, Mary, comes to worship Jesus sacrificially.

10 Aware of this, Jesus said to them, “Why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 11 The poor you will always have with you,[a] but you will not always have me. 12 When she poured this perfume on my body, she did it to prepare me for burial. 13 Truly I tell you, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”  Matthew 26:10-13.

1.  Jesus’ Death Again Predicted. On three other occasions, Jesus has predicted his death.  Now he predicts it with the added detail of crucifixion. This should have horrified the disciples, but asked from the details of the plot of Jesus’ enemy to falsely accuse and kill him, the disciples are left to dispute and squabble in these final hours.  They were indignant. Really! Their indignation should have been for the soon coming of the cross, not a sacrificial act of worship.

2. Again, the Female Follows of Jesus Better Understood the Scope of His Message. Jesus has again predicted his death, now by the savagery of the cross.  Martha and Mary, of the household of Simon (John 12), come to serve and worship him. In this, Mary took what was undoubtedly the best of what she had – an alabaster jar of expensive perfume – and poured it over the head of Jesus, in worship, understanding what was coming for her Lord.

3. Jesus’ Correction and Affirmation.  Even in this last week, the named disciples were in confusion.  What was coming?  How were they to react?  What was the purpose of the Passover?  Jesus affirms the worship of Mary.  Wherever the gospel is preached, throughout the world, what she has been done will be told in memory of her.

No better commendation or memorial.  What a life epitaph!  An act of worship that becomes praiseworthy worldwide. This certainly is a climactic act of worship that says the following – the greatest acts of worship are to Love the Lord our God with all of our heart and soul and mind.  And remembering the woman who ended up at the empty tomb, and then went everywhere telling those around them that He is Risen!  Loving your neighbor as yourself.  These are the two great acts of worship and commendation that summarize all of the Law and the Prophets.  The greatest of approval by God.  The point: no sacrifice is too great in our worship of Jesus, what we have, what we are.  Best to you this week.


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