BREAK OUR JARS
“Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” John 12:7-8 (NLT)
I spoke about this passage (John 12:1-9) on one of my previous “Live With Basilio!” sessions. John, the writer of this book, is looking back at his life as an elderly man, probably sitting under a tree or taking in a sunrise before a busy day of ministry, and writes about his experiences with Jesus. At this point he remembers going with his best friend to Bethany, just a few days before Passover. They were visiting Lazarus, whom Jesus had raised from the dead, and his older sisters Martha and Mary. And then suddenly, Mary takes her expensive perfume and anoints Jesus. Although this passage only talks about his feet, it probably included his head (see Gospel of Mark). The whole room was filled with the intoxicating aroma, and the apostles became upset about her not selling the perfume and giving the money to the poor. How inconsiderate of Jesus and cruel toward Mary!! Then Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.” Jesus was hinting at the nearness of his death, and for this pivotal point of God’s redemptive work, no expense was too great. Friends, there will always be poverty in this broken world and ministering to them is the work of the church. God loves the world and wants all people to come to his saving grace. But he needs you and I to break open our jars and spread the saving aroma of his gospel to every person. What are you waiting for? Will you let your family, friends, and neighbors be lost? Pray today that God would embolden you to break your jars.
Let’s continue partnering together as we transform Oceanside with the hope of Jesus Christ in 2022! Join me also for “LIVE WITH BASILIO!” online on Wednesdays at 4pm via Facebook Live (facebook.com/lccoo/live).
Basilio Ramirez, Worship Pastor