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A Worthy Sacrifice- Jesus Christ

Holy Week 2020  •  Sermon  •  Submitted
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The Sacrifice In The Time of Passover

In six days the feast of the passover is fulfilled: and unleavened bread.
The seven appointed Jewish Feasts were to celebrate Israel’s deliverance from Egyptian slavery.
The Passover commemorated the sparing of the Jews homes in Egypt when God killed the first born and passed over the Children of Israel
Unleavened Bread celebrated Israel’s exit out of Egypt the following day.
Jesus has come to deliver the true manifestation of these two feasts------His death will allow the penalty sin and death to pass over us as believers
His resurrection allows us to exit this world of death and enter into a promised land of paradise of glory with God our Father.
As we commemorate this Holy Week and today Palm Sunday ..... to remember Christ’s triumphant entry into Jerusalem.
They laid down palm leaves for his donkey to walk upon hailing him as the honored anointed one from God......Hosanna blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
It is nearing Christ time to die; for he was to truly be the Lord’s Sacrifice and Passover for mankind.
So now it is time for the plot to kill Jesus to be allowed to go thru in just a few days.
The chief priest and scribes have long plotted and desired to have Jesus killed and removed because of his teachings which were against their sinful ways and traditions.
Also Jesus truly had an anointed word and real healing power.
So now Jesus knows it is so near to his time and is preparing himself for this never before experience........
Now our text finds Jesus doing what he has done so many times to the chagrin of the scribes and pharisees.......dining with the common people and undesirables.
He is at the house Lazarus.
Bethany was only 2 miles east of Jerusalem and was the home of Jesus’ friend Lazarus (whom Jesus raised from the dead after four days) and his sisters Mary and Martha lived there with him.
Let us look how God always prepares for His plan......
Knowing the chaotic circumstances surrounding his crucifixion, God prepared before hand Jesus’ anointing and honoring.
You see the chief priest , scribes and pharisees did not honor him as king but God sent the magi by a star at his birth and they brought gold , frankincense and myrrh to honor him as king.
They (the scribes and priests) had the King of kings in their presence but were not wise enough to honor him as such.
I ask do you honor when Christ is in your presence?
When the spirit is elevated and the anointing rushing in the worship, how do you honor God?
Do you just observe the other active worshippers or do you realize that I’ve got to take advantage of the opportunity and fall down and worship and honor this magnificent God.
There is a healer in my presence
There is saviour in my presence
There is a forgiver of sins in my presence
There is a peace giver in my presence
Oh and there is a way out of no way in my presence
God is in my company and I will take advantage of this and honor Him.
As we study our text we find that while Jesus was dining at at Simon’s house a woman comes having an expensive alabaster box of fine perfume.
Mark leaves her unnamed but tells that this was Mary the sister of Lazarus.
John also tells us that Lazarus was also dining at the table of Simon and Martha as usual was serving but note that Mary chose as usual to be a worshipper of Jesus.
Martha loves Jesus was eager to serve him but it was Mary who chose as Jesus stated to Martha prior.....Mary has chosen the good part that will never be taken away.
Many a church member is a dedicated server............But they have not learned to enter into worship....
Let Us Look Into Our Text:
Mary Anoints Jesus at Bethany
  Then Jesus six days before the passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was which had been dead, whom he raised from the dead. 
  And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? 
  There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him. 
  Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. 
  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. 
Mary did not come unto Jesus with a Towdah worship by raising her hands to him;
Nor did she come unto him with a Tehillah worship by singing to him
Nor did she come unto him with a Shabach with a loud shout
But Mary came unto Jesus with Barak worship…she knelt down at his feet.
She anointed his head and his feet and did not ask permission from Simon, her brother Lazarus, or the on lookers.........
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