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Sweet Anointing

While He was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head. Mark 14:3

Think about this, a feast was being given in Jesus honor. Why? First look at who is hosting the feast, Simon the leper. Lepers can’t own property therefor this man was probably healed by Jesus Christ himself.

Second a woman, who was uninvited, pours a whole jar of perfume on Jesus head that is worth about a whole years salary. Think about that, would you put your whole years salary in the offering plate? Would you be willing to approach the Lords table?

But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you bother her? She has done a good deed to Me. Mark 14:6

Some of the men, including Judas Iscariot , quickly rebuked her for wasting the perfume. This was because Judas was a thief and didn’t truly love God. But notice Jesus reaction, he told them to “Let her alone”!

This was big, as Jesus rebuked his own disciples for a woman. At that time woman were not considered equal to men. For Jesus to defend her shows the coming of his Kingdom, the change in the New Covenant!

“She has done what she could; she has anointed My body beforehand for the burial. Mark 14:8

What nobody realized was that she was confirming the prophecy of his death. This event happened only a day before the events of when Jesus gets arrested. This event Jesus said would be remembered forever.

One woman’s act of worship to her Lord turned into a memorial that is eternal, Amen!

Lamb of God

For He was teaching His disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him; and when He has been killed, He will rise three days later.” Mark 9:31

Most of the disciples, by this point, believed Jesus is the Christ (Messiah) However their understanding of what the Christ (Messiah) would have to accomplish to reestablish Gods Kingdom was wrong. Now that God sent the Messiah, the King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, the disciples believed Jesus would rule with a rod of iron, destroy all their enemies, and reestablish the nation of Israel

However what they didn’t understand was Jesus came to save the entire world and not just the Jewish people. They also missed the Messianic Prophecies where the Christ would have to become the Lamb to take the sins of the world

But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isaiah 53:5

Nobody wants to talk about their God as a “Suffering Servant”. But this is exactly what Jesus had to accomplish at the cross to save the entire world from their sins. When Jesus told his disciples that he would have to be killed and then rise three days later, he was fulfilling the Messianic prophecies of Isaiah, he was also becoming the atoning sacrifice for our sins

Jesus lowered himself in obedience to save us from our sins! Glory to the Lamb of God Amen!

Resurrection Sunday

And he said to them, “Do not be amazed; you are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who has been crucified. He has risen; He is not here; behold, here is the place where they laid Him. Mark 16:6

After the Sabbath on Sunday morning, a few women went to the tomb of Jesus to bring spices for his body. What they didn’t realize was they were going to witness the greatest event in world history! The angel at the tomb told the woman, Jesus is Risen!

The angel told them to tell the Good News (Gospel) to the rest of the disciples. When the woman told Peter and the disciples , they didn’t believe them. But they went to investigate anyway, what they found not only changed their lives forever, but changed the entire world forever

Jesus said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” John 20:15

After the disciples investigated they left but Mary stayed behind and was crying over the Lord Jesus. However a man who was there asked here “Why are you weeping”? This seems like a dumb question at a tomb. But she didn’t realize the man she was talking to was the Risen Lord Jesus Christ!

As the angels asked the woman previously “Why do you seek the Living among the Dead? (Luke 24:5) Meaning Jesus has Risen! Jesus is alive forevermore and is sitting on the throne in Heaven.

The greatest day is Easter (Resurrection) Sunday because death has been defeated, the grave couldn’t hold him! Our God reigns forevermore Hallelujah to the Lamb of God! Amen!

It Is Finished

Therefore when Jesus had received the sour wine, He said, “It is finished!” And He bowed His head and gave up His spirit. John 19:30

What did Jesus mean when he said “It Is Finished”? Some would say “all of our sins were washed away”, some might say “Death was defeated” And these things are true , however I believe there is also a deeper meaning that we might not be considering

The original Greek for “It Is Finished” is to end, to fulfill, to pay, to complete

So what is Jesus fulfilling? What is he paying? What is he completing?

And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood. Luke 22:20

Jesus said that his blood shed for us would be a “New Covenant”. This is the New Covenant that was fortold in the Old Testament (Jeremiah 31, Ezekiel 36)

A covenant is a contract. The old Covenant (Contract) has been fulfilled, completed. On the cross Jesus fulfilled the Old Covenant, IT IS FINISHED

Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. Matthew 5:17

Jesus said he has Fulfilled (Finished) the Law and the Prophets (Old Covenant) The contract has been completed by the works of Jesus Christ. No longer are we bound by the Law because Christ has Finished or Fulfilled the contract

When He said, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. But whatever is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to disappear. Hebrews 8:13

So when Jesus said IT IS FINISHED on the cross, he has freed us from the penalty of death from The Law. Is The Law abolished, NO, it has been fulfilled by Christ. If your not saved by the blood of Christ, you are still under The Law

However those who repent and put their trust in Jesus have been set Free, IT IS FINISHED

Brotherhood Betrayal

So Jesus, knowing all the things that were coming upon Him, went forth and said to them, “Whom do you seek?” John 18:4

Judas sold out Jesus for the world. Judas had his opportunity to be in the inner circle of the Son of God, he got to witness miracles first hand, he even got divine revelation and teachings directly from Christ himself.  However this wasn’t enough for him, Satan planted the seed of greed and jealousy into his heart, and he gave up his mortal soul

So when He said to them, “I am He,” they drew back and fell to the ground. John 18:6

Notice when Jesus revealed who he was, everyone immediately fell to the ground. This wasn’t just believers, this was Roman soldiers, this was Pharisees, this was officers of the Roman empire. Every knee will bow and tongue will confess Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, even the most wicked will eventually bow down to his authority!

So Jesus said to Peter, “Put the sword into the sheath; the cup which the Father has given Me, shall I not drink it?” John 18:11

Even though Jesus had the power and authority to wipe out the entire Roman empire, he willingly laid down his life for us to be the atonement for our sins. Jesus was obedient even to death, he didn’t stray from the will of our Father God

For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? Mark 8:36

What did it profit Judas, to gain 30 pieces of silver, yet to lose his mortal soul? Nothing! He tried to give back the silver and eventually hung himself from the guilt of condemnation.  Don’t be a Judas, don’t reject Christ! When you reject Christ , you are killing him on that cross also! Think about It!!

Garden of Gethsemane

They came to a place named Gethsemane; and He said to His disciples, “Sit here until I have prayed.” Mark 14:32

Gethsemane is where Jesus came to die, the cross is only the evidence – Leonard Ravenhill

The garden of Gethsemane will kick off a series of events that will eventually take Jesus to the cross. And then ultimately victorious out of the Tomb! Notice Jesus brought his disciples to support him while he talks to the Father. But Christ inner circle was starting to fall apart. Judas left to betray him, Peter was about to deny him 3 times, the Zebedee brothers were arguing who was the greatest, the humanity of the disciples was starting to show

And He said to them, “My soul is deeply grieved to the point of death; remain here and keep watch.” Mark 14:34

Jesus was in great distress, because he knew what he was about to endure for the penalty of our sins. The gospel of Luke says Jesus was sweating blood (Luke 22:44) So how did his disciples react? They all fell asleep! During the most urgent time Jesus needed them, they fell asleep. Just like we are today, where are the “Churches” on fire for the Lord today? They all have fallen asleep with complacency!

And He was saying, “Abba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.” Mark 14:36

Jesus asks the Father to take this “Cup of wrath” from him, but not Christs will but the will of the Father will be done! Jesus by his obedience took this “Cup of Wrath” upon him because of our sins, not his. Who else could take this Cup? Nobody because Jesus is the perfect Passover Lamb of God!

And He came the third time, and said to them, “Are you still sleeping and resting? It is enough; the hour has come; behold, the Son of Man is being betrayed into the hands of sinners.  Mark 14:41

The Time has Come! For Christ to be betrayed, beaten, and crucified by sinners! Why did this have to happen? Because the wages of our sins is death and Christ is the only one who can atone for our debts!

The Garden of Eden brought sin into the world while the Garden of Gethsemane started the process to bring redemption to the world Amen!