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Archive for March, 2013

Lasting Legacy of a Loving Act

When Mary poured a fortune in perfume over Jesus’ head (Mark 14:3-10), she was simply expressing her profound love for Him in the best way she could think of.  She had no idea of the all implications of what she did:

–Jesus considered it as preparation for His burial which, unbeknownst to her, would happen in just a few days.

–Jesus promised that she would become world-famous for her loving deed.  And it’s true–it’s in our Bible for all to read.

–This act, and Jesus’ positive response to it, prompted Judas to instigate his treachery which would lead to Jesus’ death.  (Of course, this was God’s plan from ages past.)

I wonder what will result from the things I do for Jesus?  Will I have some surprises in heaven? Smile

[God] uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. But this fragrance is perceived differently by those who are being saved and by those who are perishing. To those who are perishing, we are a dreadful smell of death and doom. But to those who are being saved, we are a life-giving perfume.                                                                                (2 Corinthians 2:14b-16a)

Maranatha!  Come, Lord Jesus!

Through the Eyes of a Blind Man

After Jesus restored Bartimaeus’ sight, he followed Jesus (and his whole entourage) up the road to Jerusalem.  Connecting the dots, this puts Bartimaeus in the very crowd that celebrated Jesus as their coming King with waving palm branches and shouts of “Blessed is the one who comes in the name of the Lord!  Blessed the coming kingdom of our ancestor David!” 

And how appropriate, because even before he was healed, Bartimaeus had twice addressed Jesus as “Son of David” as he called out to him for healing.  This Son of David who had healed him was the coming King and worthy of his highest praise! 

How long and far do you suppose Bartimaeus followed Jesus?  Did he witness Jesus throwing the merchants out of the Temple?  Did he listen to Jesus’ wise answers to the religious leaders bent on trapping him?  Did he watch Jesus being crucified and did he see Him after he was raised to life?  Do you suppose Bartimaeus was one of the first 120 believers who gathered in the upper room and  then experienced the coming of the Holy Spirit?  So many questions to ask Bartimaeus when I see him in heaven…

Maranatha!  Come,  Lord Jesus!

Your Wish is Granted

My granddaughter and her family are at Disney World right now, enjoying a week of pure grace provided by a foundation that delights in making wishes come true for very sick children.  She was happy about this, but I suspect that it means even more to her younger sister who had been fervently praying that someday she’d get to go to Disney!

Many times Jesus invited people to pray for what they wished.  And if they had faith, it would be granted.  So here came James and John to make a request.

Jesus:  What do you wish me to do for you?

They pridefully asked for the places of honor in the Kingdom but didn’t get their wish.  (Mark 10:35-40)

Right after that, blind Bartimaeus shouted out from the side of the road as Jesus walked by.

Jesus:  What do you wish me to do for you?

Full of faith, he asked for his sight, and it was granted!  (Mark 10:46-52)

Why was one request denied and the other answered?  How can we be sure ours will be granted?

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