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Connect with people in Jesus;
Build each other up in faith; and to
Become Like Jesus.
Today’s story, Jesus Anointed in Bethany, is found in all four gospels in various forms, and we can notice various differences between them. For example, in Mark 14:9 Jesus says, “Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.” Jesus said that a woman would be remembered for her act of faith wherever the gospel is proclaimed. Why did Jesus say what he did about this woman? What did she do that was so special?
Let us picture the scene from the story of John’s version. Jesus is in Bethany six days before the Passover at a meal in the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. In the middle of the meal Mary gets up, leaves the room, comes back in, kneels at the feet of Jesus, pours very expensive perfume on his feet, and then wiping it with her hair. It shocked the disciples, especially Judas. The Gospel of John mentions that. So Judas says, “Why was not this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages”
Jesus tells us what it means. “What she has done was done for my burial.” It was six days before the Passover. We all know what was going on, what was going to happen at the Passover. Mary knows it all that Jesus is the one who dies for our sin. He dies for all of us so that all of us can live. She saw it, from the time, a few days earlier, when Jesus raised her brother from the dead. Therefore, it was preparation for Jesus’ burial. Mary knew that this may be the last time they would have him with them.
Let us ponder these questions: How would you express your love to someone who has saved a family member’s life? What is the appropriate response to the one who gives you the gift of new life? What should your response be to God, who has done what he has done for you in Jesus Christ? How do you express your love to Jesus Christ who has given his life for you? IL-WOONG.
The multimillion dollar property that money can’t buy. On the cliffs overhanging the exclusive coastline of Palm Beach lies a piece of real estate with one of the best views in Sydney. But money can’t buy this multimillion-dollar property. Despite its potentially outrageous price tag, this land has been set apart for a unique purpose: it is – and always will remain – a Bible garden.
This Sunday morning’s worship will be followed by a fellowship lunch. All are welcome.
Daylight Saving ends this weekend. Please turn your clocks back one hour on Saturday night.
DVD of the Week:
Noble They broke everything but her spirit. They took everything but her dream. NOBLE is the incredible true story of a fearless Irish heroine driving by her daring vision to escape the slums of Ireland and risk everything on the streets of Vietnam. When Christina Noble flies into Ho Chi Minh City fourteen years after the end of the Vietnam War, she leaves behind an extraordinary life story. With a few dollars, a dream and her own hard-won courage, she is about to change everything for a million people, forever.
Conversations with John Anderson: Featuring Niall Ferguson MA, D.Phil, Senior Fellow, Stanford University. Niall Ferguson is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard, where he served for twelve years as the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. He is the author of fourteen books and is one of the world’s foremost experts in history, economics and geo-politics. His insight and analysis are second to none. He joined John in front of a live audience in NSW Parliament House in Sydney. In a must watch conversation they discuss banking & economics, Trump & Brexit, immigration & populism, socialism & China and much more.