August 22, 2021
- Pastor Karrie Landsverk
- Blessed Are Those Who Seek the Lord
- John 12: 1-8
- John 12:3
- Luke 10: 39-42
- Luke 21: 3-4
- Mark 14: 3-5
- Mark 14: 8-9
- Mark 14:3
- Matthew 25:23
- Matthew 6: 19-20
- Philippians 4:18
- Psalm 96: 7-8
- Psalm 99:5
- Revelation 4: 8-11
- A Pleasing Sacrifice
- Committed to God
- Extravagant Love and Praise
- Honoring God
- Refreshing in Your Spirit
- The Master’s Praise
- Unwaivering Faith
- Wash One Another's Feet
- Living Gospel Church
Blessed Are Those Who Seek the Lord
Broken and Spilled Out
Sunday, August 22, 2021
What extravagant love we have in our Savior, Jesus Christ. He left glory in heaven to come to earth and walk this earth in this flesh and experience everything you and I experience in this broken, imperfect, and wonderful world. He came to show us the way to the Father, to eternal glory and peace everlasting. The Way is through Him!
He laid down His life for us, for all of humanity that we would find salvation through Him. He took our sins to the grave, which caused the Father’s face to turn away from Him for the Father cannot look upon sin for He is holy. He gave up His last breath proclaiming the work He came to do was finished. The victory was His and because of Him, victory is ours!
For all who believe in the name and person of Jesus Christ, we are saved; we are born again and made new in Christ-spiritually. We are given the Holy Spirit to dwell in our hearts and connect us to Jesus and the Father for eternity. We will never be separated from God for the atonement was made for our sin. We will always have the love of the Father and we are never alone. All thanks to Jesus Christ.
Do you believe this today? Do you know this to be true? Then let us worship Him this morning with all our hearts.
Psalm 96: 7-8 7 O nations of the world, recognize the Lord; recognize that the Lord is glorious and strong. 8 Give to the Lord the glory he deserves! Bring your offering and come into his courts.
Is Jesus worthy of your very best? Is He worthy of your belief in Him? He is!
Jesus our Lord and Savior is worthy of all we have to give Him. He is worthy of our adoration of Him. He is worthy of our sacrifices of praise, our offerings, our service-He is worthy of it all!
Blessed are those who love the Lord with all their heart and offer Him extravagant worship for our God delights in the heartfelt praises of His people. He delights in extravagant sacrifices that are a pleasing aroma to Him. He showers us in praise and honor as we first honor Him. We’ll talk about one woman who knew this and practiced this worship, even before Jesus went to the cross. She adored her Teacher, her Messiah and she held nothing back from making her love for Him known. She kept her focus squarely on Him, who is worthy, and not on what other people thought of her or what she could store up in this world. She brought her best before her Savior and was highly honored by her Messiah-for he saw her heart and it pleased Him.
Let’s pray. Jesus, Lord God Almighty, Messiah, our Redeemer and Savior, You are worthy of all blessing and honor and praise. We adore You Lord. We come to worship You today for who You are, the greatness and wonder of who You are. Let Your Holy Spirit move in our hearts today; draw us into Your glorious Presence and fill us with Your love. Speak to our hearts regarding what You desire in our worship of You. Grant us understanding in our minds and help us to throw off everything that hinders us from bringing our very best before You. You are worthy Lord! In Your name we pray. We exalt You Jesus. Amen.
The woman we’ll be looking at in today’s message is Mary. Not Jesus’ mother or Mary Magdalene. Mary was a popular name then. This is Mary, another friend of Jesus and sister to Martha and Lazarus. You might recall another accounting that is often spoken of when Martha and Mary were hosting Jesus earlier in His ministry for a dinner and Martha was busy, busy doing all the prepping for the meal. Mary however chose to sit at the feet of her Teacher and just be in awe of all He wanted to share with her at that moment.
From the start, Mary was captivated by Jesus, and showing her adoration and honor for Him was always her focus. She worshiped Him and we’re going to look at another time she showed extravagant worship and allowed her love for Him to be Broken and Spilled out (the name of our message today) for Him and others to see. She held nothing back and oh how it pleased Him. He is worthy of each of us coming before Him broken and spilled out of all that we are, all that we have to give in honor, praise, and love. Let us learn from Mary today and follow her example as we worship our King. We will never regret giving the very best we have to Him, for as we empty ourselves for His honor and praise, He fills us with His love.
John 12: 1-8 NIV
Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. 2 Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume. 4 But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, 5 “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” 6 He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it. 7 “Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
- Extravagant Love and Praise (v.3)
Here we find Jesus as a guest of honor with His friends and with His disciples. This might have been His last public meal shared before His journey to the cross. He did have a final meal with His disciples but in the company of other friends, this was one last time. You can only imagine then how much Jesus was enjoying Himself among those He loved. But Mary above all others that night showed an extravagant love for Jesus, her Master, and Messiah. She honored Him with the very best she had, not for the approval of others; simply to honor the one she loves with all her heart. She is one who had always chosen to adore Jesus and give all her attention to Him in His presence. She modeled Psalm 99 and saw Jesus as Holy-to be revered, honored, and exalted always.
Psalm 99:5 Exalt the Lord our God And worship at His footstool; Holy is He.
We get a glimpse of this great affection and honor of her Lord at the earlier dinner gathering hosted by her and her sister Martha that I mentioned earlier. Instead of focusing on all the little details, Martha was fixating on Mary chose to sit at the feet of her Teacher and soak up all He was willing to share with her, and because she was eager, He shared much.
Luke 10: 39-42 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But Martha was distracted by the big dinner she was preparing. She came to Jesus and said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you that my sister just sits here while I do all the work? Tell her to come and help me.” 41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear Martha, you are worried and upset over all these details! 42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.”
We read about our key passage in 3 of the 4 gospels. In Mark, we see a different perspective, but it’s the same gathering. It doesn’t say in John that Jesus was at Martha and Mary’s house; just that they were serving again for their friend and guest of honor. In this accounting, we see that Mary likely started anointing Jesus’ head and then trickled the perfume down over His feet.
Mark 14:3 3 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.
John 12:3 3 Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.
Jesus was anointed with perfumed oil from head to toe. What caused her to do this? Extravagant love and praise and honor for her King. Maybe she understood what was going to happen more than the others did? Maybe she was simply led by God to do this for His Son to honor Him. Whatever her motive-it was a wonderful display of worship.
Mary was given insight and understanding of what worship was going to be like in heaven as she anointed Jesus with the perfumed oil. She saw Jesus as Holy and wanted to honor Him with the best she had to give. We’re told what this type of worship will look like in Revelation 4: 8-11.
Day after day and night after night they keep on saying,
“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—
the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.”
9 Whenever the living beings give glory and honor and thanks to the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever), 10 the twenty-four elders fall down and worship the one sitting on the throne (the one who lives forever and ever). And they lay their crowns before the throne and say,
11 “You are worthy, O Lord our God, to receive glory and honor and power. For you created all things, and they exist because you created what you pleased.”
This is what eternity will look like. Our focus will be on our Savior and King who is worthy of all praise. We won’t be distracted by the things of this world any longer. We won’t care what others think of us; our hearts will be completely tuned to Him who created us and saved us so that we could enjoy the fellowship with Him forever. We will lay our crowns at His feet in adoration and praise. Isn’t that a beautiful picture? Isn’t that what Mary did-lay her crown at His feet in worship?
Is there any reason to keep us from partaking in that type of worship now, as we’re living here? Did He not already show extravagant love to us? Does His Spirit not reside in us? Did He not say, My kingdom is already among you and in the midst of you? So, if He’s here, among us and within us, isn’t He worthy of all praise, honor, and glory, even now?
Mary was given revelation to understand this because she adored her Savior. As we open our hearts more and more to Him, He reveals wondrous things to us; to those who want to know Him more.
Have you ever regretted the moments you allow yourself to feel His Presence fill you and you lift up genuine praise to Him? Do you ever wish you hadn’t? Love prompts what the Law can never produce. Love prompts a pleasing sacrifice to our Lord.
- A Pleasing Sacrifice (v.5)
Mary’s extravagant gift and sacrifice was pleasing to Jesus. But not everyone thought so. Some rebuked her and tried to suggest her ridiculous use of the perfume was wasted.
Mark 14: 3-5 3 While He was in Bethany at the home of Simon the Leper, He was reclining at the table, and a woman came with an alabaster vial of very expensive perfume of pure nard. She broke the vial and poured the perfume over His head. 4 But there were some indignantly remarking to one another, “Why has this perfume been wasted? 5 For this perfume could have been sold for over three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.” And they were scolding her.
Wasted? On the Savior of the world? Wasted? On the King of all kings?
Let’s take note of how kings were treated in these times. The Persian king, Xerxes, when searching for a new wife after deposing Vashti from being queen, had all available women who met a certain criteria go through a 12-month preparation process using oils and perfumes before they could be presented to him for consideration. 12 months!
The Queen of Sheba showered King Solomon with extravagant gifts because she was so pleased with his vast wisdom and wanted to honor him properly as a great king. 2 Chronicles 9:9 Then she gave the king a gift of 9,000 pounds[a] of gold, great quantities of spices, and precious jewels. Never before had there been spices as fine as those the queen of Sheba gave to King Solomon.
It was common practice to lavish kings with extravagant gifts and honors.
So, was one year’s worth of wages (the value of Mary’s perfume) too extravagant for Jesus, our eternal King? Was her pouring of the perfume on Jesus wasted? O was it a beautiful gift and honor for what was to come? Her offering was not only the perfume spilled out over Jesus, but her heart-broken and spilled out before Him.
True worship is never wasted.
There is nothing too great to offer to our Lord in His honor if you feel led by the Spirit to do so. There is nothing we should cling to so much that we hold back from honoring our Lord.
Matthew 6: 19-20 19 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
This doesn’t mean you can’t have any earthly possessions or you must give away all your money so you have nothing to live on. It is saying don’t make these things your treasure and stockpile them. Make Jesus your treasure and give freely as the Spirit leads you to honor Him and build His kingdom. You will always have more than enough as you offer pleasing sacrifices to our God.
Paul spoke of this type of generous, heartfelt, and pleasing sacrifice made for his well-being and ministry.
Philippians 4:18 18 I have received full payment and have more than enough. I am amply supplied, now that I have received from Epaphroditus the gifts you sent. They are a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, pleasing to God.
- The Master’s Praise (vs. 7-8)
What Mary did for Jesus was not to impress others. She was not trying to cause a scene but simply let her Lord know how much she loved Him. She was seizing the moment to minister to Him as she felt led to do. Judas chimed in on something that wasn’t even about him and tried to make Mary look bad. He tried to take this beautiful moment and make her feel guilty and shameful for her careless act.
BUT JESUS…. Thank You Jesus for defending Your faithful believers.
Jesus made it known to all the great things that Mary did on His behalf. Judas wanted to rebuke her, but Jesus publicly praised her. In front of all the men. He exalted Mary and honored her. She didn’t ask for that or do it for that reason, but that is how our God is. He exalts the humble and delights in the praises and adoration of His people.
Mark 14: 8-9 8 She has done what she could; she has anointed My body beforehand for the burial. 9 Truly I say to you, wherever the gospel is preached in the entire world, what this woman has done will also be told in memory of her.”
Jesus teaches this important truth on genuine worship, extravagant love, and faithful service many times and gives public praise to those who model this. When wealthy men were giving their tithe Jesus noticed and praised the widow who had hardly anything to give, yet continued to be faithful and give her best to honor God.
Luke 21: 3-4 3 And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; 4 for they all contributed to the offering from their surplus; but she, from her poverty, put in all that she had to live on.”
He taught the parable of the master who left his servants in charge and gave each one an amount of money to care for and build upon in his absence. They were in charge of his business-to invest and grow it. Those who took what he gave them and invested it, increasing the amount in their care, the master praised.
Matthew 25:23 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
We have to ask ourselves at times, who do we seek to please? Man or Jesus as we worship? Who do we worship for and to? Let us seek the praise of our Lord as we bring the best we have to offer Him each time we worship. Let us lay our crowns at His feet.
Is He Worthy? He is! Of all blessing and honor and glory. He is. And we are richly blessed as we worship Him.
Conclusion: Let us offer extravagant love and praise to Jesus as Mary did. Let us practice our worship of what is to come in heaven, even now as we live. Let us do that which pleases Him. We will never regret giving our best to the King of all kings! For there is no one greater to give our best to!
Let’s pray. Father God, we thank You for sending Your Son to show us Your love that is unfailing and pure. Thank You Jesus for showing us how to worship the Father in truth and spirit. Thank You Lord for the accounting of these events to teach us how others worshiped you Lord. May we follow the example of Mary and offer extravagant love and worship to You, for You are always worthy. May we listen to You Holy Spirit as You guide us to give of what we have and who we are to bring glory and honor to You Lord and to build Your kingdom. May we savor the sweet fellowship we share with You as we sit at Your feet and soak up all You desire to pour into us. You are worthy Lord! You are worthy Lord of all blessing, and honor and praise. Amen and Amen.
Offering: 1 Chronicles 29:11 – “Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, for all that is in the heavens and in the earth is Yours. Yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and You are exalted as head above all.”
Psalm 54:6 – “With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to You; I will give thanks to Your name, O LORD, for it is good.”
2 Thessalonians 2: 16-17 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God our Father, who loved us and gave us eternal comfort and good hope through grace, comfort your hearts and establish them in every good work and word.