Brokenness part 2
Mark 14: 3-4
“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. 4 Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume?”
Simon the Leper and Lazarus (told of in Matthew) are having fellowship with Jesus.
They are with Jesus, listening to Jesus, speaking to Jesus, but they do not carry the act of brokenness to Jesus, that was left to a woman.
It is true.
You can come to Jesus. Believe in the Good News. Attend Church and worship with exuberance. You can even become a preacher. And never know brokenness.
The 2 men are named but the woman isn’t. People who are broken don’t worry about their names being known.
The followers of George Whitfield wanted to form an organisation. His reply was, “No, let the name of Whitfield die, so that the cause of Jesus Christ may live. Let the name of Whitfield perish, but Christ be glorified. I have had enough popularity to be sick.”
The 2 men are having fellowship with Jesus, but this isn’t brokenness.
Over the years we have sung songs to Jesus:
We have gone down the mountain, swam in the river, been breathed on by the wind, had our hearts stirred, our minds renewed, laid down at his feet, raised our banners, danced our feet, we’ve even jumped for Jesus! It’s been wonderful, it still is, but it isn’t brokenness.
So brokenness is …
- Carrying the cross of Christ in your heart.
The disciples were there, they knew Christ, knew his power, his miracles, his teaching. Lazarus, Simon and Martha … but only this woman knew he would die. Only this woman was carrying the burden of the cross.
Jesus would go to the cross for all the people in that house that evening.
But only this woman broke open her alabaster jar to anoint him (culturally this was the norm for a dead person). If this woman was Mary, the sister of Lazarus, then maybe she had kept the perfume for him but Jesus had raised Lazarus from the grave, so she knew who to keep it for, Jesus.
There are not 2 Christ’s, an easy one and a suffering one. There is only one.
Brokenness means you have laid your life on the altar, the place of sacrifice and have literally given up everything for Christ, you have made Him Lord of all and you are consumed by his death for your sin.
Maybe today is your day of brokenness.