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3 Days to the Cross: The Anointing, Pastor Kyle Wassom

March 12, 2023

Kyle Wassom, Student Ministry Pastor

1 Now the Passover and Unleavened Bread were two days away; and the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to seize Him by stealth and kill Him; 2 for they were saying, “Not during the festival, otherwise there might be a riot of the people.” 3 While He was in Bethany at the home of Simon the leper, and reclining at the table, there came a woman with an alabaster vial of very costly perfume of pure nard; and she broke the vial and poured it over His head. 4 But some were indignantly remarking to one another, “Why has this perfume been wasted? 5 For this perfume might have been sold for over three hundred denarii, and the money given to the poor.” And they were scolding her. 6 But Jesus said, “Let her alone; why do you bother her? She has done a good deed to Me. 7 For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you wish you can do good to them; but you do not always have Me. 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 whole world, what this woman has done will also be spoken of in memory of her.” 10 Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went off to the chief priests in order to betray Him to them. 11 They were glad when they heard this, and promised to give him money. And he began seeking how to betray Him at an opportune time.

Mark 14:1-11 (NASB1995)

Main Idea:

"Is Jesus worth EVERYthing to you or just SOMEthing?"

1. Betrayal (v. 1-2)

  1. The religious leaders faced an issue: dealing with Jesus in a public way would result in a public response!

2. Anointing (v. 3-9)

  1. Oftentimes, in order to worship Jesus fully, something needs to be destroyed or removed completely.

  2. To Mary, the cost of a year’s wages paled in comparison to the cost of Jesus’ life on her behalf

  3. Worship is a natural response of a heart that has been changed by Jesus

3. Betrayal (v. 10-11)

  1. How often do we betray the King for lesser things?

  2. How often does our love for and obedience to Jesus pale in comparison to Mary’s love displayed?

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