Big Idea: Our worshipful affection and devotion to Jesus is never wasted

Brokenness can Become Worship

Mark 14:3 (NIV)
While he was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on his head.

  1. Our affection for Jesus will confuse and confound the wise
  2. Our broken alabaster jar becomes poured out affection
  3. The broken jar is the woman’s life- (she broke herself at the feet of Jesus)

Simon the Leper: what’s in a name?

Not Everyone will Understand our Worship

Mark 14:4-5
Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume?  It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.

  • People will always judge our affection for Jesus
  • People will judge what we spend our time doing for Jesus
  • People will judge the way we extravagantly worship Jesus
  • People will judge the way we sit at the feet of Jesus
  • Brokenness in WORSHIP is never WASTED

Jesus Sees our Brokenness as Beautiful

Mark 14:6-9
“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.  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 calls her broken life, her broken jar, her intimacy poured out…beautiful.
  • Her WASTED WORSHIP was the MOST IMPORTANT WORK TO BE DONE THAT DAY

Romans 5:5b (NIV)
“God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us”

  • Holy Spirit pours out love into our hearts and we are now capable of loving God in return

Points to Remember:

  1. Our affection for Jesus will confuse and confound the world
  2. Our broken alabaster jar becomes poured out affection

Take Action: My question this morning, leading into communion is this…and it is simple:How can we respond to Jesus during this moment?

Take Away: This week we will all have “worshipful moments” to pour out affection to Jesus. Look for these moments to thank Him, to bless Him, to love Him and to show Him our devotion.