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January 24, 2021
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Pastor and Evangelist Greg Laurie teaches the simple yet life changing message of the Gospel.

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  • ♪ This is the day whenthe lost are found ♪
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  • ♪ Oh can you hear allthe angels are singing ♪
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  • ♪ This is the day theday where life begins. ♪
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  • - Let's grab our Biblesand turn to Mark 14
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  • as we come to theend of one year,
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  • and now the beginning of another
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  • this is a good time to reflect.
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  • We'll look back and we'llthink about some things
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  • we wish we would have done,
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  • maybe we have regrets aboutthings that we did do,
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  • but it's a good time to reflect.
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  • I'm reminded of a statementthat Billy Graham made
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  • not long before he wentto be with the Lord.
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  • He was asked the question,
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  • if he had any regrets in life,
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  • and the response BillyGraham said, quote,
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  • "I would study more,I would pray more,
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  • "I would travel less,
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  • "and I would take lessspeaking engagements.
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  • "I took too many of them
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  • "in too many placesaround the world."
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  • Billy says,
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  • "If I had it todo all over again
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  • "I'd spend more time inmeditation and prayer
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  • "and just telling theLord how much I adore Him
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  • "and how much I'mlooking forward
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  • "to the time we're going tospend together in eternity."
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  • End quote.
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  • Well, Billy is with theLord now spending that time
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  • with Him in eternity,
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  • but here before us in Mark 14
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  • is a story of a womanwho did what Billy Graham
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  • wish he had done more of,
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  • she spent a lot oftime telling the Lord
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  • how much she lovedand adored Him.
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  • And then she did somethingvery special to Jesus.
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  • And by the way, shedid something thatwas largely missed
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  • by the other disciples,
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  • but Jesus singles thisstory out in the Bible.
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  • He wants us to knowthis story in particular
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  • and I find thatfascinating because
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  • we read in Mark 14:9,Jesus speaking He says,
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  • "Assuredly I say,
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  • "wherever the gospel ispreached in the whole world,
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  • "what this woman hasdone will be told
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  • "as a memorial to her."
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  • Wow, okay.
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  • Well, we better pay attention.
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  • What exactly did this woman do?
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  • Before I tell you what that is,
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  • let's pick up where we lastleft off in the Gospel of Mark,
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  • Jesus is headed to the cross,
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  • He is plainly declaredthat to His disciples
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  • at a place calledCaesarea Philippi.
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  • He told them He wasgonna be betrayed,
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  • He was gonna be crucified,
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  • and He would riseagain on the third day.
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  • And this came asbad news to His boys
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  • because His popularitywas at its total peak.
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  • The name of Jesus wason everyone's lips
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  • He was trending on social media.
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  • Well, He would have beenif this happened today.
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  • Matthew 12:12 said,
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  • "Large crowds gathered to Him
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  • "and He got into a boat
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  • "and the whole crowd wasstanding on the beach."
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  • And then Luke 12:1 says,
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  • "Thousands of peoplehad gathered together,
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  • "and they were steppingon one another."
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  • So everybody wantedto get close to Jesus,
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  • and so He was very popular,
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  • but ironically these samepeople that were expressing
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  • their interest in Himwould soon turn against Him
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  • when He made Hisway to the cross.
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  • Even His own hand-pickeddisciples did notfully understand
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  • what He was about to do.
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  • He had come to die on the cross.
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  • We celebrated Christmas recently
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  • and reminded you thatthe Incarnation was so
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  • there would be the Atonement,
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  • the birth of Jesus was so therewould be the death of Jesus.
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  • This was always the planfrom the very beginning,
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  • and even though He spokeabout it in great detail,
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  • His disciples missedit with one exception
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  • and it wasn't John known forhis spiritual perception,
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  • it wasn't Peter, James,Matthew or Andrew,
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  • in fact, thisperson that got it,
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  • this first netseemed to understand
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  • what none of theothers understood
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  • was not one of the disciples.
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  • It wasn't John normally knownfor a spiritual perception,
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  • it wasn't Peter normallyknown for his outspokenness,
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  • it wasn't Andrew,
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  • it wasn't Matthew,
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  • it wasn't one of the apostles,
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  • it wasn't a man, it was a woman.
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  • And she was not oneof the apostles,
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  • but she understood whatJesus had come to do
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  • and her name was Mary.
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  • Now there's a lot ofMary's in the Bible
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  • so sometimes we get confused.
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  • First of all, there'sMary, the mother of Jesus,
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  • then there's Mary Magdalene,
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  • and then there isMary and Martha, okay?
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  • So this is Mary ofMary and Martha thing.
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  • It's worth noting thatevery time we read of Mary,
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  • she is sitting atthe feet of Jesus,
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  • maybe that's why shehad this great insight.
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  • We remember one occasion whenJesus came over to her home
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  • where she lived withher sister Martha
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  • and her brother Lazarus,
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  • and Martha went into the kitchen
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  • to make a great feast for Jesus
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  • and Mary was justsitting at His feet
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  • and this frustrated Martha
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  • 'cause it's a lot ofwork to prepare a meal,
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  • and she comes out to Mary thatMary joiner in the kitchen
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  • and Jesus made an amazingstatement to Martha.
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  • He said,
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  • "Martha, Martha, you're worriedand upset about many things,
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  • "but one thing is needed,
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  • "Mary has chosen what is better
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  • "and it won't notbe taken from her."
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  • Think about that.
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  • Mary chose, what is better.
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  • We have that same choicein this coming year.
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  • In fact, we'll have this choice
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  • given to us thousandsand thousands of times
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  • to do the right thing, tonot do the wrong thing.
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  • We can be like manicMartha's flooding (mumbles)
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  • here and there goingabout our business,
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  • or we can be like Mary and takethe time to sit at His feet
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  • and hear what He has to say.
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  • And when you choose what isbetter as Jesus said Mary did,
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  • you're making the best choice.
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  • And that's where she discoveredthis essential truth.
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  • Mary realized Jesus wascoming to die on the cross.
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  • I know it seems obvious to usnow, but no one else got this.
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  • She knew He was comingto die on the cross,
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  • and she also understood that'swhere He was now headed.
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  • And she thought I've gotto do something profound,
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  • I have to dosomething significant
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  • that will show mythankfulness to Him,
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  • my love for Him,my devotion to Him,
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  • so she brings this greatgift and Jesus said,
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  • this will now bea memorial to her
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  • wherever the gospel is preached.
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  • You know, there's a lotof controversy among some
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  • about monumentsin America today,
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  • what statues should be up,
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  • what statues shouldbe taken down.
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  • Well, this is a monumentthat should never be removed,
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  • the gift and theheart behind that gift
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  • to Jesus in this special moment.
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  • So what exactly did Mary do?
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  • What was this profoundgift that's so moved Jesus
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  • He wanted to memorialize it?
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  • Let's read about it now,
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  • Mark 14, starting in verse one.
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  • "Now the Passoverin the festival
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  • "of unleavened breadwere only two days away,
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  • "and the chief priests andthe teachers of the law
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  • "were scheming to arrestJesus secretly and kill him.
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  • "'But not during thefestival' they said,
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  • "'or the people may riot.'
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  • "While he was in Bethanyreclining at the table
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  • "in the home of Simon the Leper,
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  • "a woman came withan alabaster jar
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  • "of very expensive perfume.
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  • "She broke the jar and pouredthe perfume on his head.
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  • "Some of those whoare present said,
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  • "'Oh, this is worth morethan a year's wages.
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  • "'Why this waste of perfume?
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  • "'This could have been sold
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  • "'and the money could havebeen given to the poor.'
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  • "And they rebuked her harshly."
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  • Now look at theresponse of Jesus.
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  • "He said,
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  • "'Leave her alone.
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  • "'Why are you bothering her?
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  • "'The poor youalways have with you
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  • "'and you can helpthem any time you want,
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  • "'but you don't alwayshave me with you.
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  • "She did what she could.
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  • "'She poured perfumeon my body beforehand
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  • "'in preparation for my burial.
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  • "'And I say to you,
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  • "'wherever the gospel ispreached throughout the world,
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  • "'what she has done willbe told in memory of her.'"
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  • Now just stop andthinking about this.
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  • This is a meal,this is a dinner,
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  • and what a collection of people.
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  • We've got the Lordhimself there,
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  • but you know who else was there?
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  • Lazarus, Lazarus, thebrother of Mary and Martha
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  • who had just beenraised from the dead.
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  • Man, I would have wanted toask Lazarus a few questions.
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  • So, wow, what happened?
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  • What was it like to dieand go to the other side?
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  • And what did you seethere incredible?
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  • So they're all gathered around,probably talking to Lazarus
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  • and a lot ofquestions for Jesus.
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  • He had just deliveredwhat we called
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  • the Olivet Discourserecorded in Matthew 24.
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  • And basically that's where Jesustalked about the end times,
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  • and they probably hadmore questions about that.
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  • What did you mean when you said,
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  • the abomination of desolation?
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  • Explain this all to us,
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  • so this was quite the nightthat they were having together,
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  • but everything was sortof coming to a head
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  • in the life andministry of Jesus.
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  • And now Mary watchingall of this is so moved,
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  • she knows what Jesusis about to do,
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  • so she does this verse three,
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  • "A woman came with an alabasterjar of expensive perfume
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  • "and broke the jar and pouredthe perfume on His head."
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  • Now this probably wasa family heirloom.
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  • As it's been pointed out,it was worth a year's wages,
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  • so it was worth thousandsand thousands of dollars
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  • under normal circumstances,just a few drops
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  • from a bottle like thiswould be sufficient.
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  • She pours a whole bottle on Him
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  • and then wipes Hisfeet with her hair.
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  • The whole room would have beenfilled with this fragrance.
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  • Now I would have been there,
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  • I wouldn't have smelled a thing.
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  • The reason for that is asyou know I got COVID 19
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  • and my strength cameback rather quickly
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  • and everything is good,
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  • but I've lost my senseof taste and smell.
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  • I still don't haveit to this day,
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  • I hope I get a backin this coming year,
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  • but I wouldn't havesmelled a thing.
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  • But Judas is very critical.
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  • Maybe he has hislittle calculator out,
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  • he knew the price of everythingand the value of nothing,
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  • he calculated it andsaid, this is a waste.
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  • And it did seem like a waste,
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  • but it actuallywasn't a waste at all.
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  • You can be various prices(mumbles) for perfume today,
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  • I read that one of themost expensive perfumes
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  • that you can buy is called
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  • Clive Christian No.1 Imperial Majesty.
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  • Mow, my that's a veryimpressive title, isn't it?
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  • It's a combinationof mandarin orange,
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  • Indian jasmine, whitepeach, lemon, and more,
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  • and it costs you$200.000 a bottle.
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  • Oh, but wait, theydeliver it in a Bentley.
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  • So that's a lot of moneyto spend on perfume,
  • 00:11:13.863 --> 00:11:16.432
  • but it even gets crazier.
  • 00:11:16.432 --> 00:11:17.967
  • The most expensive perfumeyou can buy today is called,
  • 00:11:17.967 --> 00:11:21.337
  • here you go sucker.
  • 00:11:21.337 --> 00:11:22.872
  • No, I made that up.
  • 00:11:22.872 --> 00:11:24.140
  • It's actually calledShamukh (mumbles)
  • 00:11:24.140 --> 00:11:27.176
  • I don't even know if I'mpronouncing that right
  • 00:11:27.176 --> 00:11:29.545
  • and frankly I don't even care,
  • 00:11:29.545 --> 00:11:31.147
  • but it comes in a crystalbottle covered in diamonds,
  • 00:11:31.147 --> 00:11:35.451
  • pearls and gold.
  • 00:11:35.451 --> 00:11:36.919
  • And how much does it cost?
  • 00:11:36.919 --> 00:11:37.987
  • Are you ready for this?
  • 00:11:37.987 --> 00:11:38.954
  • $1.295.000.
  • 00:11:38.954 --> 00:11:43.959
  • Then again, you cango over to Amazon
  • 00:11:45.127 --> 00:11:46.395
  • and order some JadeEast for around $22,
  • 00:11:46.395 --> 00:11:49.431
  • or High Karate for $56, orOld Spice for about $13,
  • 00:11:49.431 --> 00:11:54.403
  • and there's brutedon't forget that.
  • 00:11:55.604 --> 00:11:57.173
  • But you know, the idea hereis, is not how much this costs,
  • 00:11:57.173 --> 00:12:01.310
  • it's how much it costs her.
  • 00:12:01.310 --> 00:12:03.345
  • It costs her a lot.
  • 00:12:03.345 --> 00:12:04.980
  • She was giving the most preciousthings she owned to Jesus.
  • 00:12:04.980 --> 00:12:09.151
  • What is the most preciousthing that you own?
  • 00:12:09.151 --> 00:12:12.254
  • What is more valuable toyou than anything else?
  • 00:12:12.254 --> 00:12:16.158
  • Now question, would you bewilling to give that to Jesus?
  • 00:12:16.158 --> 00:12:20.396
  • That's what this is all about.
  • 00:12:20.396 --> 00:12:23.465
  • We remember the storyof the young man,
  • 00:12:23.465 --> 00:12:26.268
  • we call the rich young ruler.
  • 00:12:26.268 --> 00:12:28.737
  • He came to Jesus in his supercold tricked out chariot,
  • 00:12:28.737 --> 00:12:32.408
  • lowered, drinking alatte probably not,
  • 00:12:32.408 --> 00:12:35.911
  • but he comes up toJesus and he says,
  • 00:12:35.911 --> 00:12:38.347
  • "Good Teacher, what must Ido to inherit eternal life?"
  • 00:12:39.782 --> 00:12:44.186
  • Jesus reminds him ofsome of the commandments
  • 00:12:45.321 --> 00:12:46.355
  • and this young ruler says,
  • 00:12:46.355 --> 00:12:48.824
  • "Well, all of these I'vekept from my youth up."
  • 00:12:48.824 --> 00:12:51.093
  • And Jesus probablylaughed out loud,
  • 00:12:51.093 --> 00:12:53.429
  • the Bible doesn't say,
  • 00:12:53.429 --> 00:12:54.797
  • but no one's kept thecommandments from his youth up.
  • 00:12:54.797 --> 00:12:56.532
  • And here's what Ifind fascinating.
  • 00:12:56.532 --> 00:12:58.367
  • After this brash andarrogant young man said
  • 00:12:58.367 --> 00:13:01.570
  • he had kept the commandmentswe read this statement.
  • 00:13:01.570 --> 00:13:03.873
  • "Jesus looked at him in andfelt genuine love for him."
  • 00:13:03.873 --> 00:13:08.077
  • And then Jesus madethis statement.
  • 00:13:08.077 --> 00:13:09.945
  • "There's one thingyou haven't done.
  • 00:13:09.945 --> 00:13:12.448
  • "Go and sell your possessions
  • 00:13:12.448 --> 00:13:13.883
  • "and give the money to the poor
  • 00:13:13.883 --> 00:13:15.451
  • "and you'll havetreasure in heaven,
  • 00:13:15.451 --> 00:13:16.986
  • "then come and follow me.
  • 00:13:16.986 --> 00:13:18.487
  • Listen to this.
  • 00:13:18.487 --> 00:13:19.421
  • "And then the man's face fell
  • 00:13:19.421 --> 00:13:21.290
  • "and he went away sadbecause he had great wealth."
  • 00:13:21.290 --> 00:13:24.393
  • Understand, this wasnever about the man stuff,
  • 00:13:24.393 --> 00:13:27.429
  • Jesus didn't want his stuff,
  • 00:13:27.429 --> 00:13:29.765
  • He just saw that in theheart of this young man
  • 00:13:29.765 --> 00:13:32.635
  • those things weremore important to him
  • 00:13:32.635 --> 00:13:34.603
  • than anything elseincluding God.
  • 00:13:34.603 --> 00:13:36.805
  • He says, there's onething you need to do.
  • 00:13:36.805 --> 00:13:39.308
  • See that young rulermissed the one thing
  • 00:13:39.308 --> 00:13:42.177
  • and he walked away sad.
  • 00:13:42.177 --> 00:13:43.512
  • He wasn't willing to let it go.
  • 00:13:43.512 --> 00:13:45.147
  • But Mary, she gotthat one thing.
  • 00:13:45.147 --> 00:13:48.751
  • One thing is essential.Jesus said of Mary
  • 00:13:48.751 --> 00:13:52.488
  • and she has chosen it.
  • 00:13:52.488 --> 00:13:55.090
  • Well, Judas did not get itand so he criticized it.
  • 00:13:55.090 --> 00:13:59.328
  • Judas is typical ofso many people today
  • 00:13:59.328 --> 00:14:01.964
  • like dutiful Pharisees
  • 00:14:01.964 --> 00:14:03.899
  • they wanna give thebare minimum to God.
  • 00:14:03.899 --> 00:14:07.336
  • They'll lamely askquestions like,
  • 00:14:07.336 --> 00:14:09.238
  • can you do this
  • 00:14:09.238 --> 00:14:10.372
  • and still technicallygo to heaven?
  • 00:14:10.372 --> 00:14:14.043
  • Can I get away with this andstill call myself a Christian?
  • 00:14:14.043 --> 00:14:18.213
  • Those are the wrong questions.
  • 00:14:18.213 --> 00:14:21.016
  • We'll give our leftoversto God if you will,
  • 00:14:21.016 --> 00:14:23.919
  • we'll pray brieflyif we think of it,
  • 00:14:23.919 --> 00:14:26.889
  • we'll read the Bibleif we can make time
  • 00:14:26.889 --> 00:14:29.024
  • in our busy schedules for it,
  • 00:14:29.024 --> 00:14:31.794
  • and then what's even worseis we will criticize others
  • 00:14:31.794 --> 00:14:36.465
  • that are more committedto the Lord than we are.
  • 00:14:36.465 --> 00:14:40.135
  • Maybe that's one of the reasons
  • 00:14:40.135 --> 00:14:41.870
  • why the early churchchanged their world.
  • 00:14:41.870 --> 00:14:45.507
  • Maybe that's why the earlychurch turned their world
  • 00:14:45.507 --> 00:14:48.777
  • upside down because theyhad a sense of abandoned.
  • 00:14:48.777 --> 00:14:53.349
  • God would tell Phillip,
  • 00:14:53.349 --> 00:14:54.350
  • "Go to the desert."
  • 00:14:54.350 --> 00:14:55.551
  • And he went inobedience to the Lord.
  • 00:14:55.551 --> 00:14:58.253
  • God will tell Peter,
  • 00:14:58.253 --> 00:15:01.256
  • reach down and take themember of the hand (mumbles)
  • 00:15:01.256 --> 00:15:02.958
  • and pull him to hisfeet and he would do it.
  • 00:15:02.958 --> 00:15:04.860
  • They took risks and theyleft their comfort zone.
  • 00:15:04.860 --> 00:15:08.097
  • Why?
  • 00:15:08.097 --> 00:15:09.598
  • Because the Scripture says,they had been with Jesus.
  • 00:15:09.598 --> 00:15:12.801
  • Acts 4:13 says,
  • 00:15:12.801 --> 00:15:14.103
  • "The members of thecouncil were amazed
  • 00:15:14.103 --> 00:15:16.271
  • "when they saw theboldness of Peter and John
  • 00:15:16.271 --> 00:15:18.607
  • "because they were ordinary men,
  • 00:15:18.607 --> 00:15:20.609
  • "they had no special training
  • 00:15:20.609 --> 00:15:22.544
  • "but they recognize them asmen who had been with Jesus."
  • 00:15:22.544 --> 00:15:26.615
  • Can someone tellyou've been with Jesus?
  • 00:15:26.615 --> 00:15:29.351
  • Can they see itreflected in your life?
  • 00:15:29.351 --> 00:15:32.354
  • Does their fragrance ofyour life fill the room
  • 00:15:32.354 --> 00:15:34.823
  • as it did with Mary andher gift to the Lord?
  • 00:15:34.823 --> 00:15:38.093
  • It's a wonderful thingwhen people see that
  • 00:15:38.093 --> 00:15:40.596
  • and ask us why we arethe way that we are,
  • 00:15:40.596 --> 00:15:43.999
  • and they wannaknow more about us
  • 00:15:43.999 --> 00:15:45.834
  • and then we canshare the gospel.
  • 00:15:45.834 --> 00:15:48.170
  • Now, again I wannaemphasize Mary did not
  • 00:15:48.170 --> 00:15:50.806
  • have the same privilegesas the disciples.
  • 00:15:50.806 --> 00:15:53.575
  • They spent prettymuch every waking hour
  • 00:15:53.575 --> 00:15:56.278
  • in the presence of Jesusfor some three years,
  • 00:15:56.278 --> 00:15:59.648
  • she was with Him sporadically,
  • 00:15:59.648 --> 00:16:01.817
  • but she was gonna takeadvantage of this opportunity.
  • 00:16:01.817 --> 00:16:05.554
  • She's gonna listen to Him,
  • 00:16:05.554 --> 00:16:07.022
  • she's gonna learn from Him,
  • 00:16:07.022 --> 00:16:08.690
  • and she's gonna bringa great gift to Him
  • 00:16:08.690 --> 00:16:11.293
  • because she could seethe lines edging his face
  • 00:16:11.293 --> 00:16:14.063
  • and read or write the problemsreflected in His eyes.
  • 00:16:14.063 --> 00:16:17.900
  • And she understood, Hehad said what He meant
  • 00:16:17.900 --> 00:16:20.569
  • and He meant what He said,
  • 00:16:20.569 --> 00:16:22.037
  • He was going to die on a crossand that broke her heart,
  • 00:16:22.037 --> 00:16:25.774
  • so she was gonna bringher tribute to Jesus now.
  • 00:16:25.774 --> 00:16:29.845
  • She would not waituntil He was gone.
  • 00:16:29.845 --> 00:16:32.247
  • And I wanna remindyou right now,
  • 00:16:32.247 --> 00:16:33.649
  • there might be someonethat you know and love,
  • 00:16:33.649 --> 00:16:36.185
  • and I wanna ask you,
  • 00:16:36.185 --> 00:16:37.453
  • when's the last time youtold them you love them?
  • 00:16:37.453 --> 00:16:39.121
  • Well, I'll say something niceat their funeral service.
  • 00:16:39.121 --> 00:16:42.024
  • Well, they won't be aroundto hear that, will they?
  • 00:16:42.024 --> 00:16:44.660
  • So bring your flowers now.
  • 00:16:44.660 --> 00:16:47.029
  • If there's someone you loveand appreciate tell them now.
  • 00:16:47.029 --> 00:16:50.432
  • If you have regrets aboutsomething you did this year
  • 00:16:50.432 --> 00:16:53.936
  • deal with that now and makethe appropriate changes.
  • 00:16:53.936 --> 00:16:58.173
  • If there's someone youneed to forgive, do it now.
  • 00:16:58.173 --> 00:17:01.610
  • And why should youforgive someone?
  • 00:17:01.610 --> 00:17:03.245
  • You say, well, they don'tdeserve my forgiveness.
  • 00:17:03.245 --> 00:17:05.481
  • My response is,
  • 00:17:05.481 --> 00:17:07.149
  • do you deserve tobe forgiven by God?
  • 00:17:07.149 --> 00:17:09.785
  • And answer is no.
  • 00:17:09.785 --> 00:17:11.520
  • So the Bible says,
  • 00:17:11.520 --> 00:17:12.921
  • "Forgive as God inChrist has forgiven you."
  • 00:17:12.921 --> 00:17:16.425
  • See forgiving a person isn'tletting them off the hook,
  • 00:17:16.425 --> 00:17:20.262
  • it's a way for you to getfree of your bitterness
  • 00:17:20.262 --> 00:17:23.665
  • 'cause the one that'sbeing hurt more
  • 00:17:23.665 --> 00:17:25.334
  • by your lack of forgivenessis not the person
  • 00:17:25.334 --> 00:17:28.904
  • that hurts you, it's you.
  • 00:17:28.904 --> 00:17:31.373
  • As they've said so many timeswhen you forgive a person,
  • 00:17:31.373 --> 00:17:34.543
  • you set a prisonerfree yourself.
  • 00:17:34.543 --> 00:17:37.846
  • And so this woman said,I'm gonna do it now.
  • 00:17:37.846 --> 00:17:40.949
  • Listen, we have a new year withnew opportunities before us,
  • 00:17:40.949 --> 00:17:44.686
  • let's seize the moment,carpe diem is the expression.
  • 00:17:44.686 --> 00:17:48.891
  • Now is the time to sharethat gospel with the person,
  • 00:17:48.891 --> 00:17:52.094
  • now is that time to makethat change in your life
  • 00:17:52.094 --> 00:17:55.164
  • as we're at thebeginning of a new year.
  • 00:17:55.164 --> 00:17:57.866
  • That's exactly what Mary did,
  • 00:17:57.866 --> 00:18:00.068
  • but of course Judasthought it was a waste
  • 00:18:00.068 --> 00:18:03.405
  • and he criticized her for it.
  • 00:18:03.405 --> 00:18:05.107
  • But then John gives us aninteresting little detail
  • 00:18:05.107 --> 00:18:08.310
  • about Judas.
  • 00:18:08.310 --> 00:18:09.645
  • He said, Judas did not say this
  • 00:18:09.645 --> 00:18:11.980
  • because he cared about the poor,
  • 00:18:11.980 --> 00:18:14.049
  • he said this becausehe was a thief.
  • 00:18:14.049 --> 00:18:16.251
  • Basically Judas was hangingonto the money for the disciples
  • 00:18:16.251 --> 00:18:21.223
  • and he was pocketing it.
  • 00:18:21.223 --> 00:18:23.392
  • And so this had nothing to do
  • 00:18:23.392 --> 00:18:25.060
  • with his concern for the poor.
  • 00:18:25.060 --> 00:18:27.362
  • And that reminds me ofa very important point
  • 00:18:27.362 --> 00:18:30.499
  • about critical people.
  • 00:18:30.499 --> 00:18:32.201
  • Sometimes the peoplethat complain the most
  • 00:18:32.201 --> 00:18:35.103
  • actually do the very least.
  • 00:18:35.103 --> 00:18:38.240
  • And sometimes the people whoare aiming accusations at you
  • 00:18:38.240 --> 00:18:42.811
  • are revealing somethingabout themselves.
  • 00:18:42.811 --> 00:18:46.048
  • The thing they'reaccusing you of
  • 00:18:46.048 --> 00:18:48.217
  • is actually what theyare personally guilty of.
  • 00:18:48.217 --> 00:18:52.588
  • After all, it wasJudas who sold Jesus
  • 00:18:52.588 --> 00:18:56.925
  • for 30 pieces of silver.
  • 00:18:56.925 --> 00:19:00.095
  • So careful if you'realways harping
  • 00:19:00.095 --> 00:19:02.631
  • on a certain sinover and over again,
  • 00:19:02.631 --> 00:19:05.601
  • you may be telling usmore about yourself
  • 00:19:05.601 --> 00:19:07.970
  • than you want to reveal.
  • 00:19:07.970 --> 00:19:10.172
  • And so things are notalways as they seem.
  • 00:19:10.172 --> 00:19:13.976
  • From the outsideJudas looked thrifty,
  • 00:19:13.976 --> 00:19:17.012
  • and careful, and spiritual,
  • 00:19:17.012 --> 00:19:19.314
  • and the woman looked frivolous,and wasteful, and silly,
  • 00:19:20.682 --> 00:19:23.452
  • but the very opposite was true.
  • 00:19:23.452 --> 00:19:26.054
  • Judas was evil, andgreedy, and wicked,
  • 00:19:26.054 --> 00:19:30.492
  • and she was thoughtful,and godly, and committed.
  • 00:19:30.492 --> 00:19:34.696
  • So things are notalways as they appear.
  • 00:19:34.696 --> 00:19:38.700
  • You know, we always think Judas
  • 00:19:38.700 --> 00:19:40.469
  • would have been theeasiest guy to identify.
  • 00:19:40.469 --> 00:19:42.804
  • You know, all the otherdisciples wore white robes
  • 00:19:42.804 --> 00:19:44.940
  • and he wore a black robe,
  • 00:19:44.940 --> 00:19:47.075
  • a black leather robe withthe color turned up, right?
  • 00:19:47.075 --> 00:19:49.244
  • No, of course not.
  • 00:19:49.244 --> 00:19:50.612
  • In fact, Judas wassuch a good actor,
  • 00:19:50.612 --> 00:19:53.181
  • such an effective fakerthat when Jesus said
  • 00:19:53.181 --> 00:19:56.918
  • one of you is gonna betrayme, no one suspected Judas.
  • 00:19:56.918 --> 00:20:01.423
  • You would have thought thatsomeone would have said,
  • 00:20:01.423 --> 00:20:03.125
  • I bet it's Matthew, heused to work for Rome.
  • 00:20:03.125 --> 00:20:05.694
  • It's him, isn't it?
  • 00:20:05.694 --> 00:20:06.828
  • No, they said, is it me?
  • 00:20:06.828 --> 00:20:09.598
  • No one thought Judas.
  • 00:20:09.598 --> 00:20:11.099
  • If he was as obvious as peoplethought he might've been,
  • 00:20:11.099 --> 00:20:13.702
  • they would have allpointed in unison and said,
  • 00:20:13.702 --> 00:20:15.737
  • "It's Judas, isn't it?
  • 00:20:15.737 --> 00:20:17.139
  • "The guy who wearsthe black robe."
  • 00:20:17.139 --> 00:20:19.574
  • No, no one suspected Judas'cause he was such a good actor,
  • 00:20:19.574 --> 00:20:23.545
  • but he was a liar.
  • 00:20:23.545 --> 00:20:26.281
  • And it's interestingbecause Judas accused her
  • 00:20:26.281 --> 00:20:29.551
  • of being wasteful, yetJesus would say of Judas,
  • 00:20:29.551 --> 00:20:33.755
  • he was the son of waist.
  • 00:20:33.755 --> 00:20:36.591
  • Jesus called Judasthe son of perdition
  • 00:20:36.591 --> 00:20:39.127
  • which means the son of waist.
  • 00:20:39.127 --> 00:20:41.296
  • He was the very thinghe accused her of being.
  • 00:20:41.296 --> 00:20:45.200
  • Now Jesus commends heras an example to us,
  • 00:20:45.200 --> 00:20:48.370
  • look at verse eight,
  • 00:20:48.370 --> 00:20:49.905
  • "She has done what she could.
  • 00:20:49.905 --> 00:20:51.807
  • "She has come beforehand toanoint my body for burial.
  • 00:20:53.241 --> 00:20:57.879
  • She did what she could
  • 00:20:57.879 --> 00:21:00.015
  • because she understood thatHe would do what He did."
  • 00:21:00.015 --> 00:21:03.652
  • In the same way, themore we discover about
  • 00:21:03.652 --> 00:21:06.521
  • what Jesus has donefor us will cause us
  • 00:21:06.521 --> 00:21:09.291
  • to want to do more for Him.
  • 00:21:09.291 --> 00:21:11.827
  • The Bible says,
  • 00:21:11.827 --> 00:21:13.095
  • "We love Him becauseHe first loved us."
  • 00:21:13.095 --> 00:21:16.965
  • She saw this lovethat was driving Him,
  • 00:21:16.965 --> 00:21:20.836
  • she saw this concern for her
  • 00:21:20.836 --> 00:21:23.305
  • and the others andall of humanity
  • 00:21:23.305 --> 00:21:25.807
  • and so she wanted todo something for Himto show her love.
  • 00:21:25.807 --> 00:21:30.712
  • And I think sometimeswe'll look at people
  • 00:21:31.880 --> 00:21:33.081
  • who offer something to the Lord
  • 00:21:33.081 --> 00:21:35.484
  • and some mightcriticize them for it.
  • 00:21:35.484 --> 00:21:37.486
  • For instance a young personmay give up a promising career
  • 00:21:37.486 --> 00:21:41.857
  • to go into the ministry,
  • 00:21:41.857 --> 00:21:43.558
  • and some peoplelike Judas will say,
  • 00:21:43.558 --> 00:21:45.327
  • what a waste?
  • 00:21:45.327 --> 00:21:46.261
  • Now you could have gone out
  • 00:21:46.261 --> 00:21:47.662
  • and had a great careerand made a lot of money,
  • 00:21:47.662 --> 00:21:49.898
  • that's a waste.
  • 00:21:49.898 --> 00:21:50.832
  • It is no waste at all.
  • 00:21:50.832 --> 00:21:52.701
  • I'm reminded of ayoung lady I just met,
  • 00:21:52.701 --> 00:21:55.203
  • her name is Tiffany.
  • 00:21:55.203 --> 00:21:56.772
  • And she works with theWorld Health Organization
  • 00:21:56.772 --> 00:21:59.574
  • in the United Nationsover in Yemen,
  • 00:21:59.574 --> 00:22:02.344
  • and they're reachingout to the poor people
  • 00:22:02.344 --> 00:22:04.846
  • that are living there.
  • 00:22:04.846 --> 00:22:06.615
  • And so Tiffany has been able
  • 00:22:06.615 --> 00:22:09.217
  • to show God's love to thesepeople and be a great witness.
  • 00:22:09.217 --> 00:22:12.187
  • In fact, she watchesHarvest at home,
  • 00:22:12.187 --> 00:22:14.556
  • that's where she gets herteaching being so far away
  • 00:22:14.556 --> 00:22:19.094
  • from the United States.
  • 00:22:19.094 --> 00:22:20.562
  • And some would say,
  • 00:22:20.562 --> 00:22:21.496
  • well, that's a waste of a life.
  • 00:22:21.496 --> 00:22:23.064
  • That's a waste of a life?
  • 00:22:23.064 --> 00:22:24.499
  • As far as I'm concerned,that's an investment of a life.
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  • You might give upcertain pleasures
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  • and activities that otherpeople are engaged in
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  • and be able to say,man, what a waste?
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  • You miss the big party.
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  • Oh, you should'vebeen at this thing
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  • when you went to churchagain, seriously,
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  • what a waste really?
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  • Let's just run the clock out
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  • and come to the end of our life
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  • and let's just see howthat played out for you
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  • and how that played out for me.
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  • I just read a very interestingstudy that was done
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  • that showed people who goto church on a regular basis
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  • and have faith in God livelonger, healthier lives.
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  • So there's even apractical aspect to it.
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  • Oh, no, if I'vegiven up any pleasure
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  • that's no sacrifice compared
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  • to what God has given up for me.
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  • It said that Moses chose togive up the pleasures of Egypt
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  • and the pleasuresof sin for a season
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  • to pursue God'swill for his life.
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  • And whatever you give up willbe more than made up to you
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  • as a follower of Jesus Christ.
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  • Or maybe you avoid thattemptation to go astray.
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  • You're faithful to yourwife for a lifetime,
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  • people say, oh man,come on, you missed out,
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  • you could have gotten anaffair here and there.
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  • Oh yeah, let's just lookat the wreckage of divorce
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  • and the impact it has onyou, and on your children,
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  • and even on your grandchildren,
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  • and we'll see whomade the right choice.
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  • It's not a waste,
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  • nothing is a waste if it'sdone for the glory of God.
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  • And that's what this womandid, she gave her very best,
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  • it was the veryopposite of a waste.
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  • Or you may decide tosimply live for yourself
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  • and do whatever youwanna do with your life,
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  • and one day, God willsay, what a waste?
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  • What do you care about the most,
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  • the opinion of people orthe opinion of God Almighty?
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  • Give your most preciousthing to the Lord.
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  • My son Jonathan was in Peru
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  • a while ago withhis wife Brittany,
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  • we worked on some projectswith Compassion International
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  • a great organization impactingpeople around the world,
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  • but especially children
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  • and helping to liftpeople out of poverty,
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  • and they share thegospel with these folks.
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  • And so Jonathan wentto a village in Peru,
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  • he took a backpack fullof toys and other things,
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  • and they were hanging outwith this little family
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  • and there's a littleboy named Anthony
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  • and Jonathan was playingsoccer with the little guy
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  • and it was just great,
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  • and as Jonathan was leaving
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  • and getting readyto get into his cab,
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  • little Anthony ranto him and hugged him
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  • and then presented Jonathanwith a little gift.
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  • It was like this littlepiggy bank of a little dog
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  • and obviously this wasa very precious object
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  • to this little boy.
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  • He had very little and he gavehis very best to Jonathan.
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  • And I just thought,
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  • that's a perfect picture ofwhat we're talking about here,
  • 00:25:15.737 --> 00:25:17.706
  • giving our very best to God,He deserves nothing less.
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  • Hi, thanks for watchingour TV program.
  • 00:25:23.778 --> 00:25:25.947
  • And I wonder if you yourselfhave accepted Jesus Christ.
  • 00:25:25.947 --> 00:25:29.684
  • You know, a lot oftimes people tune
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  • into programs like this,who aren't believers
  • 00:25:31.519 --> 00:25:33.488
  • and they're kindachecking it out,
  • 00:25:33.488 --> 00:25:35.256
  • maybe you're laughingat it at first,
  • 00:25:35.256 --> 00:25:37.559
  • maybe you think it's not real,
  • 00:25:37.559 --> 00:25:39.794
  • but something has happened
  • 00:25:39.794 --> 00:25:40.996
  • and maybe it's somethingthat's been said
  • 00:25:40.996 --> 00:25:43.698
  • you've suddenly discoveredyou need Jesus Christ.
  • 00:25:43.698 --> 00:25:46.468
  • You know, the dayI accepted Jesus,
  • 00:25:46.468 --> 00:25:48.536
  • lemme tell you, it was a lastthing I planned on doing.
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  • I didn't plan on becominga Christian that day,
  • 00:25:52.073 --> 00:25:54.609
  • but that was the day thatwas appointed in eternity
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  • for me to believe in Jesus.
  • 00:25:58.446 --> 00:26:00.115
  • I wonder if this isnot that day for you.
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  • You've been ease dropping,you've been checking it out,
  • 00:26:03.551 --> 00:26:05.887
  • but now God's speakingright to your heart
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  • and you realize youneed Jesus Christ.
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  • Would you like to haveyour sin forgiven?
  • 00:26:10.025 --> 00:26:12.794
  • Would you like asecond chance in life?
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  • Would you like to goto heaven when you die?
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  • Would you likeyour guilt removed?
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  • Listen, it can all happenbecause Jesus Christ
  • 00:26:19.467 --> 00:26:22.504
  • went to a cross anddied for your sin
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  • and then rose againthree days later
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  • and He'll come into your liferight now and be your Savior
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  • and your Lord and the bestfriend you've ever had.
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  • Let's pray together.
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  • Pray this after me,
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  • Lord Jesus, I knowthat I'm a sinner,
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  • but I believe you diedon the cross for my sin
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  • and I'm sorry for that sin.
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  • And I turn from it now
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  • and I ask you to come intomy life and be my Savior,
  • 00:26:46.728 --> 00:26:50.498
  • and be my Lord, and bemy God, and be my friend.
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  • I choose to follow youfrom this moment forward
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  • in Jesus name I pray.
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  • Amen.
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  • If you just prayed that prayer,
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  • I wants you to know on theauthority of God's Word,
  • 00:27:03.244 --> 00:27:05.613
  • that Christ himself hascome to live inside of you.
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  • The Bible says thesethings we write to you
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  • that believe in thename of the Son of God
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  • that you may know thatyou have eternal life.
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  • Well, lemme say, God bless you
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  • and welcome to God's family.
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