How Much Is He Worth?

Mark 14:3-9  Jesus was in Bethany…. A woman came with a special sealed jar of very expensive perfume. It was made out of pure nard. She broke the jar open and poured the perfume on Jesus’ head.  Some of the people there became angry. They said to one another, “Why waste this perfume?”  “Leave her alone,” Jesus said. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to me….What I’m about to tell you is true. What she has done will be told anywhere the good news is preached all over the world. It will be told in memory of her.”

perfumeI remember over the last few years, my daughter shared photos with me of a young man in Pakistan that my daughter and son-in-law helped buy out of slavery. Some of the photos showed their missionary friend bargaining for the young man’s freedom. The last photo showed him being led away to freedom.

I wonder what was discussed during the negotiation. How did they place a monetary value on that young man’s life and freedom?  Was there a number that would be considered just “too much?”

Here in scripture, we see the story of a woman who, in the eyes of others, spent way too much to express her love for Christ. When she began to pour her perfume on Jesus, He
could have easily said, “No, no, no; keep your perfume. Use the money to help someone else.” But instead, He said, “You did something beautiful. You will be remembered everywhere and forever for this act of love.”

You see, she demonstrated in that moment how valuable Jesus was to her.  Today, take time to ponder and ask yourself how valuable Christ is to you. What would you do to show Him how much you love Him?

He is everything.

Have a blessed weekend!

~Dean Burnetti


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