THURSDAY 1ST APRIL, 2021 (MAUNDY THURSDAY)
THEME: THE ANOINTING FOR THE GREATEST TASK
PASSAGE: MARK 14:1-9
MEMORY VERSE: Mark 14:8-9 “She has done what she could. She has come beforehand to anoint My body for burial.”
HYMN: MHB 567 (188.8.131.52.) – IN full and glad surrender.
Our passage for today tells the story of a lady who anointed the Lord Jesus in the home of one Simon the leper. In response to what she did, Jesus said “She has done a beautiful thing to Me” (Mark 14:6). He stressed that the act of the woman was in preparation for the task ahead of Him, which was His sacrificial death on the cross (Mark 14:8). This lady gave what was probably one of her most prized possessions.
The Scripture says that she brought an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard (Mark 14:3). Verse 3 also says that she broke the jar and poured the perfume on Jesus’ head. Verse 5 says that the value of the perfume was equal to more than a year’s wages! She did not count the cost in what she did (Mark 14:6).
As we celebrate the establishment of the Holy Communion by our Lord Jesus Christ to commemorate the night in which He was betrayed, we should also remember that Christ gave Himself for our redemption. Similarly, if we are to do beautiful things for God, we should do with all our hearts; let us go the extra mile to honour His name and to bless others. Whatever we receive is to be given out in furtherance of the Kingdom of God, not to be kept.
Ours might not be alabaster oil, just like the woman did, but He has given us a task, which is termed the Great Commission, which is to propagate the gospel throughout the world. Moreover, our lives, time and our wealth should be used to bless the ministry of Jesus Christ. We can also bless the less-privileged as Christ requires of us (Matt. 25:30ff). Do it for people while they are alive, and not after they are dead and gone.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to give all to You without withdrawing anything back and be useful for the propagation of Your good news. Amen.
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