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Exalting our Shepherd, our Savior, Jesus Christ

Scripture Thought for the Week: Leave her alone, said Jesus. Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.
A bottle of pure nard; a willing heart; a committed follower; a woman in a man dominated cultureforever remembered in scripture. This incident was one that occurred during the last week of Jesus earthly life. Although many lessons were taught and actions taken throughout the seven days preceding the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, this particular story has much to offer us as followers of Christ. Jesus mentions that the act to pour expensive perfume over his feet prepared him for burial. Taking the word burial and using each letter, the lessons that emerge are numerous. Here are a few: 1) 2)

B: There is beauty in serving the Lord.


a beautiful thing to me.

Why are you bothering her? She has done

U: There is ultimately a sacrifice in giving all you have to the Lord in the eyes of
those watching. Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, Why this waste of perfume?

3)

R: It raises questions as to our intent, our sanity.

We are labeled Jesus Freaks

or conversations erupt such as, It (the pure nard) could have been sold for more than a years wages and the money given to the poor. And they rebuked her harshly. 4) 5)

I: The intentions of our hearts desire are revealed to our Savior.


beautiful thing to me. She did what she could.

She has done a

A: Our actions add a noticeable fragrance both before we leave the presence of
our witnesses and afterwards. I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.

6)

L: It leads to an abundant life for the one who gives, made possible by the
abundant giver.

Each year I hesitate to play the movie, The Passion of Christ. Undoubtedly due to the fact that this is, what I consider, a realistic portrayal of the events surrounding the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I have included a song by Casting Crowns, Blessed Redeemer, which include scenes from this movie. Before clicking on the video, take a few moments and read Isaiah 53. Our Lord is to be honored, glorified and praised today, Resurrection Sunday, and every day of our lives.

Thank you, Father, for sending your only Son, Jesus Christ, to die so that we might be the recipients of an eternal home in the heavens. Jesus, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world. Jesus, our Shepherd, who will carry us in his arms to safety when we can no longer walk on our own. Jesus, the sinless Son of God who waits to hear the call of those who ask forgiveness from sins committed. Jesus Christ stands at the door of your heart and knocks.what will you do with Jesus today? To God be the Glory, great things He has done! Amen!