“Fully Devoted To God?”

Posted: March 2, 2017 in Gospel of John, Resurrection, Salvation

John 12:1-11

Motives Matter. “…the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7). On judgment day Jesus, the righteous Judge (John 5:22; 2 Timothy 4:8), will unveil all the motives behind our words and actions (Matthew 12:36; 1 Corinthians 3:12-15; 4:5). If the Christian’s good works have the quality of gold, silver, or precious stones, they will be rewarded. Otherwise, their worthless works will be burned up and the believer will suffer the loss of rewards, but not the loss of his salvation (2 Corinthians 5:10).

The Countdown. It was on. By the time of this event, Jesus had been rejected by most of the Jews and His time had come to glorify God the Father by providing salvation for all mankind (John 1:29; 3:16; 10:15-18). Within a week He would be crucified. He would die as a Substitute for our sins…and then rise again bodily on the third day and thereby pay the debt that we all owed to God for our sins (Romans 5:8; 6:23; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4).  He offers deliverance from the lake of fire to all who will believe on Him (John 3:16, 18, 36; Acts 16:31; Matthew 25:41, 46).  Our salvation is not based on our good works lest any of us should boast (Ephesians 2:8, 9).

Mary’s Magnanimous Gift. This event took place at a supper for Jesus and Lazarus who had been restored to life after being dead for four days (John 12:2; Matthew 26:6-13). His life was a testimony to the power of Jesus who claimed to be “the resurrection and the life” (John 11:25). Jesus was well aware of His impending death and had even told His disciples about it (John 12:7; 14:1-3; Matthew 16:21). While they still seemed to be in a daze, it appears that Mary believed Him and came to anoint Him before His burial (John 12:7). The value of the fragrant oil was estimated to be the equivalent of a year’s wages (John 12:5). Rather than using it on herself, she poured it on His head and His feet and wiped them with her hair (Matthew 26:7; John 12:3). When she was done wiping His feet, the aroma of the perfume lingered in her hair to remind her and the others of her service to Christ. As Christians share the Gospel with others, we carry with us the aroma of death or life. It all depends on the response of the hearer (2 Corinthians 2:14-16). If you are a Christian, does your life smell like “the Fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5:22, 23)? Are others impressed with the life you live and are you ready to give an answer to those who may ask you about it (1 Peter 3:15)?

Judas’ True Identity. While pretending to be concerned for the poor people, he complained about the wasteful thing Mary had done in anointing Jesus’ feet with such expensive oil (John 12:4-6). But the reality was, while he seemed to be compassionate for the poor people, he was really a selfish thief, a hypocrite, and was called the son of perdition (John 6:70, 71; 12:5, 6, 18, 17:2). He saw little value in Jesus and demonstrated this by selling Him out for 30 pieces of silver as it had been predicted of him (Zechariah 11:12, 13; Matthew 26:15). Mary valued Jesus highly, whereas Judas didn’t and ended up committing suicide after returning the money to the temple (Matthew 27:5). How highly do you value Jesus?  How often do you tell others about Him and the offer of salvation He has provided for everyone?

Exam. Let’s evaluate ourselves as Christians (1 Corinthians 11:28). Do I do what I do (1) to gain favor with others? (2) to derive personal pleasure for doing it? (3) to fulfill an obligation? Or do I serve God to demonstrate my love for Him and to glorify Him by making Him known to others around me (Romans 5:5)? Have I dedicated my body to Him to use as He sees fit (Romans 12:1, 2; 1 Corinthians 13:1-7)?

Death. If you knew that you only had one week to live, how would you spend your time, talents, and treasures? What is really important to you? Will you pray with the Psalmist – “Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; and see if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23, 24).

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