DISTRACTIONS IN THE HOLY MOMENTS
Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.
John 12:3 NLT
“Many people did believe in him, however, including some of the Jewish leaders. But they wouldn’t admit it for fear that the Pharisees would expel them from the synagogue. For they loved human praise more than the praise of God.”
John 12:42-43 NLT
John 12 starts out with this beautiful story of Mary of Bethany anointing Jesus’s feet. Picture the scene with me. Her brother had just been raised from the dead, and the family decides to have a supper. Jesus is invited, and Lazarus is there—living and breathing! Many show up just to see Lazarus because, you know the saying, seeing is believing.
At some point, Mary takes a jar of spikenard, a very expensive perfume, and pours it over Jesus‘s feet. She then wipes it with her hair giving him glory. “Glory” here means “praise, worship, and thanksgiving offered to a deity.” The fragrance fills the house, so even if you couldn’t see what was going on in a crowded house, you could smell that holy moment.
As Mary shares with her Savior, where she now 100% believes, she pours out a gift so to speak. It’s an expensive gift, costing her greatly. Perhaps this perfume that she used was meant for her brother prior to his being raised? Regardless, Mary is compelled to pour her “love” on her Savior, but in that moment the distraction comes.
But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.
John 12:4-6 NLT
How many times have you had moments with Jesus and distractions come? Maybe you are new to Christ, and you don’t know what it’s like to have that kind of moment with Christ. When these intimate moments arrive, I encourage you to be be just like Mary. Don’t care who’s around you!
It is my prayer that we as a church will become so focused on Christ we can put the distractions aside! We can give Him glory just as Mary did, without any reservations or fear. Truly believe who He says He is to remove any hindrances and be full of confidence in showing others who he is!
Father, I come before you full of confidence in who You are and without any reservation. I recognize You boldly as Lord and Savior. Help me to carry this boldness before others, that would you receive the glory and others would see the truth of who you are. In Jesus name, amen!