I wrote in my notes... "what does my alabaster jar look like?" if I were to "waste" it on my Lord!
I read a really good book called "Wasted on Jesus". So often we thinks that "wasting" things are bad, but in this story - She did a beautiful thing by expressing her devotion to Jesus!
Well, I had just taken down the first 5 points of the sermon when all of a sudden, the thoughts just came tumbling out and onto a spare offering envelope which I had opened up so that I had more writing space! Perhaps I was just still thinking of the kids that went through the sanctuary waving palm branches during on of our worship songs...
Here were my thoughts. (and it was okay I figure to zone out of the sermon at this point, since I knew I would be hearing it again during the second service!)
the day began no differently than any other day
yet the streets were lined with people and coats upon the path did lay.
The kids waved palm branches and the people they did cheer
Not even seven days later the palms would all be dead,
and all the praises people said ~
would all be past ~ forgotten cheers.
And soon he would be the object of scorn and jeers.
Jesus ~ He knew the path ahead
"Father if it's your will let this cup pass" he said
But God chose not ~ and gave His Son
To die for me! The guilty one!
His blood was shed for all my sin ~
So I by faith in Him ~ could "new life" begin.
I don't know what I would have done
I imagine standing with Mary gazing up at her son,
seeing His blood flow down from head to toe
As people wept, little did they know
That this was all a necessary plan,
Redeeming love for each child, woman and man.
He yelled "IT IS FINISHED"
He hung his head
It was done.
The Lord was dead.
Those at the cross thought this was the end
With his death - their lost their son, leader and friend
The sky grew dark, the earth did sHAKe
the temple veil tore
from top to bottom.
And they wept, not knowing there was far more
Wrapped and laid in a brand new tomb,
Jesus body lay guarded by two cherubims
And on the 3rd day He rose with the keys of death in his hand
And later surprised his disciples by showing him his hands
to prove it was him -
He was alive having conquered death, hell and the grave
In order that we might all be saved
He rose again
Claimed victory over death ~ how could it be?
that He has so much love for me!
With His death ~ paid for our sin
And here I am ~ forever FORGIVEN!
written by me, Joy Klassen
during the first service
Sunday, March 28, 2010
Back to the alabaster jar of nard that she "wasted" on Jesus...
It was not a waste! How could they have even thought that? They just didn't get it. Anything we sacrifice for Jesus ~ our time, our talents, our efforts, our finances, it doesn't matter what it is... whatever we do for Jesus, our sacrifice or our broken alabaster jars of nard ~ our sacrifices are never ever a waste!
O Jesus.... as we walk through this HOLY WEEK toward Good Friday and Resurrection Sunday, help me to waste myself on YOU O LORD!! I want to be "wasted on Jesus!"
To do anything for the cause of Christ, believe me, this sacrifice is never, never, n-e-v-e-r wasted.