Palm Sunday is the beginning of Passion week. Passion (from the Latin verb patere meaning to suffer) is a very strong feeling about a person or thing. Passion is an intense emotion, a compelling enthusiasm or desire for something. May we all, with compelling enthusiasm, break open the Alabaster Jars of our hearts this Passion week. To pour out freely the healing balm of Christ’s love upon the feet of anyone gathered around our table of life. To be a living fragrance for all needing to know that God’s not dead, he is surely alive! This week live with PASSION.
“Then, six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus was who had been dead,[whom He had raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper; and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of those who sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took a pound of very costly oil of spikenard, anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped His feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the oil.” John 12:1-8
I pondered this verse, wondering why did Mary choose Spikenard Oil? A little research provided some interesting facts. I discovered the amount of Spikenard essential oil that was poured on Jesus before his death would be valued at about $35,000.00 today. Then and now that represents about a year’s wage for an average worker. Spikenard was considered rare and “prized”. It was used by priests and kings as an…
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