Sitting At The Feet of Jesus
READ: ( Mark 14:1-11)
Wednesday: Day of Rest and Worship
READ: ( Mark 14:1-11)
Wednesday of the Passion Week is considered to be a day of rest for Jesus. It was the day before the very long and emotional time that lay ahead for our Lord. But even in the midst of this day stood two contrasting lives that leave a choice for you and I today.
Both Matthew and Mark write about a very special moment that took place at the feet of Jesus. Matthew 26:6-13 tells of an evening meal Jesus was attending in Bethany, at the home of Simon the Leper. There, a woman many have called Mary, the sister of Lazarus, came to Jesus with an alabaster jar of perfume. She broke it open and poured it on the head of Jesus. This was a very costly, humbling, and symbolic act of her love and devotion for Jesus. Can you imagine how special of a moment that must have been, not only for Jesus, but for this woman who spent the last hours of Jesus’ life worshipping at his feet? I have to wonder how much of Jesus’ blood, sweat, and tears on Friday included remnants of this woman’s fragrant offering on Wednesday night.
In contrast to this beautiful act of devotion, we know that the disciples get indignant over the waste. Jesus wasted no time correcting them by saying, “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me.” And, in verse 13, concludes saying, “I tell you the truth, wherever this gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.” We know one disciple in particular, named Judas, takes offense to this act as he was the treasurer in charge of the money bags. In the very next scene (v.14), we can follow Judas, who goes directly to the chief priest and looks to arrange being compensated for betraying Jesus in the garden.
One person made the decision to give all she had to spend a memorable moment worshipping at the feet of her Savior. The other would take his own life over receiving 30 pieces silver - the same silver that was later thrown at the feet of the chieft priest who was there approving the murder of our Savior.
For all of us, the invitation from our Lord is given: “Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your soul. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30).
Make time to rest and sit in worship at the feet of Jesus. Come to Him, and you will find rest for your souls.
I love this passage of Mary pouring perfume on the head of Jesus and showed her great love for Him. I do agree that some of the perfume may have been mixed with his blood, sweat, & tears as He would now be facing the cross. I usually never wear perfume but yesterday after my shower I picked up my bottle of Emeraude which was my mother's favorite perfume. I sprayed it on and can still smell it this morning. I think Jesus may have been comforted when He smelled the perfume remembering Mary's great love and sacrifice for Him.