Utter Devotion

In Mark 14:1-9, Jesus speaks of a woman who was utterly devoted to Him: “After two days was the feast of the passover, and of unleavened bread: and the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take Him by craft, and put (Him) to death. But they said, Not on the feast (day), lest there be an uproar of the people. And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured (it) on His head. And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her. And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on Me. For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but Me ye have not always. She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint My body to the burying. Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, (this) also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.” Why was she so devoted to Jesus? It wasn’t romantic or sentimental love. Nor was it hero worship! It was a heart overflowing with gratitude for His grace, love and mercy. It was His forgiveness for and cleansing from her very sinful life. It was her receiving of new life. William E. Booth-Clibborn understood the cause for such devotion: “What condescension, bringing us redemption; that in the dead of night, not one faint hope in sight, God, gracious, tender, laid aside His splendor, stooping to woo, to win, to save my soul. O how I love Him! How I adore Him!  My breath, my sunshine, my all in all. The great Creator became my Savior, and all God’s fullness dwelleth in Him.” (From the hymn, “Down From His Glory).” Selah! Do we, who are likewise forgiven and cleansed, love Jesus for doing for us what He did for her? She was granted a memorial tribute wherever the gospel is preached. When we are long gone from the earth, will they say of you and me, “How he, how she, loved Jesus for His mercy, love and grace!”   Ron

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