Thursday, December 01, 2005

Outlandish Love

Recently, I was reading in the book of John, chapter 11, the story of Lazarus, raised from the dead, and his two sisters, Mary and Martha.

And then this in chapter 12: six days before the Passover, Jesus was in Bethany and ate with Mary and Martha and a lot of other people. Mary poured some expensive perfume on Jesus’ feet and dried them with her hair. The fragrance of the perfume filled the house.

These words leaped off the page and spoke to me. I’ve read that many times before, but this time, I really understood why she did that. She had seen his glory—his love—and she loved him extravagantly. I could almost feel her feelings, in a way. He had raised her brother from death...after four days.

I think we’re meant to have that kind of unreserved, outlandish love for him. And our lives are to be a display of it. Amen!

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