Brokenness part 3
Mark 14: 3-9
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? 5 It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly. 6 “Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. 7 The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have me. 8 She did what she could. She poured perfume on my body beforehand to prepare for my burial. 9 Truly I tell you, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
Broken people carry the cross in their heart; it is easy to see the nail prints and the thorn damage; they walk with a limp; they have been pierced, marked by God.
What else can we say of this kind of brokenness?
- They change their surroundings with the beauty inside of them.
As soon as the neck of the alabaster jar was broken a strong fragrant perfume burst into the room.
As it ran down the head of Jesus and as it was poured onto his feet the fragrance soaked into his skin.
Perhaps you could still smell the fragrance on Jesus as Jesus kissed him in betrayal, as the soldiers hit him, as he was nailed to the cross.
This woman’s beauty was her love for Jesus.
That’s what the smell spoke.
Mary’s beauty was her gratefulness.
Her emotional feelings of devotion.
For her, there was no one else in the room but her and Jesus.
Of course there were others.
But this beauty takes the broken into the most vulnerable of places:
- To the place where other good things cry out for attention. There is always another good cause, the family need you, the poor are crying out, this good cause is a must, that promise has to be kept and if you are not distracted to their cry you will be accused. It is a vulnerable place to be in, there will be people challenged and effected negatively by your brokenness. The fragrance is not on everyone, it never was meant to be.
- To the security of your future. We always want our future to be secure. She gave away her life.
What is your alabaster jar?
What’s in your alabaster jar?
Will you be broken?
‘She did what she could’ and broke her life before Jesus in honour of his sacrifice.
You are very close to brokenness. There is something we can all do and it involves surrendering it to Jesus.
Can you say this today?
“I did what I could. I gave everything and I stepped into brokenness.”