In the fourth installment of “The Jesus Encounters” series, Pastor Dwayne looks at Jesus as he heads home from teaching in Mark chapter 14. He uses the passage to deal with several issues including acting in advance on what Jesus speaks to you.
A Restful Stay
The Jesus Encounters, Part 04
Matt 26:1-2 – When Jesus had finished saying all these things, he said to his disciples, “As you know, the Passover is two days away–and the Son of Man will be handed over to be crucified.”
Mark 14:1-3a – Now the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some sly way to arrest Jesus and kill him. “But not during the Feast,” they said, “or the people may riot.” 3While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper…
John 12:2 – 2Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him.
Mark 14:3b-5 – …a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head. 4Some of those present [John tells us it was Judas] were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume? 5It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.
John 12:6 – 6He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.
Mark 14:6-11 – 6 “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. 9 I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” 10 Then Judas Iscariot, one of the Twelve, went to the chief priests to betray Jesus to them. 11 They were delighted to hear this and promised to give him money. So he watched for an opportunity to hand him over.
2 Corinthians 2:14-16 – 14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumphal procession in Christ and through us spreads everywhere the fragrance of the knowledge of him. 15 For we are to God the aroma of Christ among those who are being saved and those who are perishing. 16 To the one we are the smell of death; to the other, the fragrance of life. And who is equal to such a task?
Make Jesus comfortable to live in your life.
Ephesians 4:30 – And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, with whom
you were sealed for the day of redemption.
- Give yourself to Jesus without regard to cost.
- Act on Jesus’ words in advance.