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Lavishing Your Affection on Christ

How much is Christ worth to you?   One can measure value by sacrifice: what are you willing to sacrifice to gain something?  In Mark 14:1-9, there are 4 major actors besides Christ.  Each of them exhibit how one can value Christ.

The Chief Priests and Scribes did not value Him at all.  This is a striking irony.  The religious leaders who were supposed to be leading others to God were trying to kill Him.  They did not value Him at all.  They only saw Him as a threat.  The religious leaders loved “chief seats in the synagogues, and places of honor at banquets” (Mark 12:39).  They resented anyone who threatened their fan base, and Jesus was doing that.  They wanted to kill Lazarus (John 12:10) because Lazarus was making Jesus more famous (12:11).  They  were willing to pay to get rid of Him.

Judas could get something out of Jesus.  Judas was no dummy.  At the very least, he was a tremendous actor.  He was a thief but no one knew it except Christ (John 6).  He was one of the original 12 disciples (Mark 3:19), had authority from Christ to cast out demons and heal diseases (Matthew 10:1; Mark 6:7) and even when Jesus announced that one of the disciples was a devil (John 6:71), and later that the one to whom He would give the morsel was the betrayer (John 13:27), Judas remained undetected.  The disciples were more suspicious of themselves than him (Matthew 26:22).   He followed Christ until Passover because he thought he could get in on Jesus’ Kingdom.  When he began to doubt that, he cashed out for 30 pieces of silver (Matthew 26:15).  It was better than nothing.  For Judas, it was all about the money.

The disciples loved Jesus a little.  The disciples would improve, but not until later.  At this point, they valued charity work more than Him.  This was no doubt due to the fact that they did not fully realize that He was soon going to the Cross.  Even so, Christ is God and deserves everything right now.  Christ said, “for whoever wishes to save his life shall lose it; but whoever loses his life for My sake and the Gospel’s shall save it” (Mark 8:35).  Believers have no excuse for holding anything back.  They are supposed to be crucified now (Mark 8:34).  One who wants to hold on to his life for a little while longer and give it up at the right time risks losing Christ altogether.  Some of us would sell the perfume, give 10% now and keep 90% for ourselves.  This is not discipleship, this is deception.

Mary gave all.  Mary is the only one that valued Christ rightly.  She gave all.  When she dumped perfume worth over a year’s salary on Christ’s head and feet, she held back nothing.  She did not give Him the vial and tell Him to save some for later.  She dumped the most valuable thing she had with nothing left for later.  Mary’s worship is world-class.  Christ Himself says she should be world famous (Mark 14:9).  Mary alone is a crucified follower.  She thinks Christ deserves everything, right now!

Be a Mary!  Give all to Christ now!