Weekly Devotional

Worshiping Jesus 

John 11:45-12:8
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+11%3A45-12%3A8&version=NRSV

“Mary took a pound of costly perfume made of pure nard,
anointed Jesus’ feet, and wiped them with her hair. The house was filled
 with the fragrance of the perfume.” (3)

     As with many of the passages we look at, there is much going on in this text. What strikes me is Mary’s worship as captured in the 3rd verse of chapter 12. While the gospels lead us to believe the disciples don’t quite “get it” that Jesus is Messiah, it seems like Lazarus’ sister does get it. I imagine that she is overwhelmed by her love for Jesus and by her experience of his love for her. I can imagine the scene. They are having dinner and Mary is watching and listening and soaking in the presence of God in Jesus at her dinner table. All at once she gets this notion and without thinking acts upon it going to get the perfume and returning to anoint Jesus’ feet. Her worship is so beautiful the whole house is filled with the fragrance of it. Of course there are some who don’t “get it.” Some who question what on earth this woman is doing as she boldly adores Jesus.  But it seems Mary wasn’t worried about what the disciples and other guests would think. She was so focused on Christ it was if they were the only two people in the room.

     When is the last time you worshiped like that, a worship of sheer abandonment where the only thing that matters is you and Christ. So often we limit worship. Worship is an hour on Sunday. There are prescribed things to do for worship and a particular way to do them. And sometimes we don’t worship the way we feel led to worship because we wonder, what will the others think if I sing too loud, raise my hands, dance, kneel, etc.. Worship though is about adoring the one we love, the one who calls us beloved. It is being overwhelmed by the presence of God and responding to being in HIS presence.  Sometimes worship happens on a walk through the woods. Sometimes it occurs in the car as we sing a song to God as loud as we can. Sometimes worship takes place as we cry in our beds in the middle of the night aware that we are not alone because Jesus is there. Sometimes worship happens as we laugh at some silly thing out loud and seemingly alone in the middle of a grocery store. Sometimes worship happens on Sunday morning in the midst of sanctuary. Sometimes it happens at a dinner table surrounded by friends as we soak in the fellowship and in our hearts give God thanks for this time and these people. When we get so caught up in being with Christ our worship, like Mary’s, is a sweet perfume that fills the whole house.  Not everyone will “get it” and some may think we are a little nuts, but it doesn’t matter because in those sweet and precious moments of worship all we see is Jesus and his love. Worship today, friends. Find a moment to get caught up in the amazing love of God and worship knowing that you are His beloved.

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