3/15/16: Which Worshipper Am I?
The first verses of Mark chapter 14 are a study in contrasts. Picture one is of the chief priests and scribes:
- “After two days it was the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes sought how they might take Him by trickery and put Him to death” Mark 14:1 (NKJ).
The second snapshot is that of a woman:
- “And being in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, as He sat at the table, a woman came having an alabaster flask of very costly oil of spikenard. Then she broke the flask and poured it on His head” Mark 14:3 (NKJ).
Finally, the third picture is of some bystanders:
- “But there were some who were indignant among themselves, and said, ‘Why was this fragrant oil wasted? For it might have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.’ And they criticized her sharply” Mark 14:4-5 NKJ).
What a difference in how each responded to the Master. At the most special time in the Jewish calendar, the observance of the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread, the chief priests and scribes should have had their minds riveted on thankfulness. They should have been using the holiday for its purpose: to remember how God had brought the children of Israel out of Egypt, and how He continued to love them and call them His people. But no, their focus was not on the purpose of the Passover; their focus was on finding a way to kill the real Passover Lamb.
The woman, by contrast, spends her time in Jesus’ presence responding to Him by breaking open an alabaster flask of very costly and fragrant oil, and pouring that oil over Jesus’ head and feet to anoint Him.
And then there are the bystanders. Like the woman, they too are in Jesus’ presence, but don’t really focus on Him at all. Their focus is on what the woman is doing for Him.
The last time Jesus crossed your mind, which picture was most like you? Were you the distracted scribe with your eyes off the reason for celebration and in essence seeking to kill rather than uplift the Savior? Were you the worshipping woman, focused only on simply being with the Master and serving Him? Or were you the heckling bystander, criticizing as someone else did her best to minister before the Lord?
Jesus had a favorable comment for only one of the three: the woman. Of her He said, “She has done a good work for Me” (NKJ). An old hymn ends, “Only what you do for Him, will be counted at the end. Only what you do for Christ will last.” Let’s make sure today that we worship aright. Let us not be distracted or critical, but focused simply on being with the Master and serving Him. May He say of us, “They have done a good work for Me.”
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