The Shadow of the Cross

Reading: John 11:45-12:11

Key Verse: John 12:3 Then Mary took about half a litre of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

Only Mary seemed to understand that the shadow of burial hung over Jesus. Mary gave her all to Jesus, wealth, reputation, love. Jesus interpreted her actions as fitting for his burial. In contrast Judas Iscariot, one of the 12 apostles but yet not truly a disciple, who dwelt under the shadow of disbelief, objected to Mary’s extravagance because he withheld his heart loving money rather than Jesus.

The chief priests wilfully rejected all the signs that Jesus presented even to the extent of not only wanting to kill Jesus but also Lazarus to get rid of the evidence that Jesus had power over death.

Sermon Points:
A: Mary – shadow of burial
B: Judas – shadow of false belief
C: Chief priest – shadow of death

Series: One Off

Preacher: Mr Allan Shearer
Preached: Evening Service, 19 October 2014

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