Note: As we begin the twelfth chapter of John we transition into the last period of Jesus’ earthly life. Or guiding text for the week has Jesus at Bethany just days before the Passover. Later in the chapter Jesus goes on the triumphal entry into Jerusalem.
John 12:7, 8 Leave her alone, Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we would honor you as the one who lived, died, and by the power of God lives evermore.
Thought for the day: Honoring the Lord is never a waste of time.
Matthew 26:13 I tell you truth, wherever this gospel is preached though out the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we thank you for the many examples of saints who have shown us how to honor you.
Thought for the day: Think of the last time you found and followed the example of an old saint in honoring the Lord.
Psalm 23:5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Prayer: Lord God, your anointing is a comfort and a protection in a land of uncertainty and danger.
Thought for the day: In the worst of circumstances Corrie Ten Boom found comfort in the protection of the Spirit of Christ.
I John 2:27 As for you the anointing you received from him remains in you, and you do not need anyone to teach you. But as his anointing teaches you about all things and as that anointing is real, not counterfeit – just as it has taught you, remain in him.
Prayer: Jesus, may we never underestimate the great value of the Holy Spirit you give to us in faith.
Thought for the day: The anointing of the Holy Spirit was promised to all disciples, not just a few.
Luke 7:47 [Jesus said], “Therefore, I tell you, her many sins have been forgiven – for she loved much. But he who has been forgive little loves little.”
Prayer: Lord Jesus, our love grows as we consider your forgiveness of the multitude of our sins.
Thought for the day: Jesus never met a penitent sinner whom he could not help.
Matthew 2:11 On coming to the house, they saw the child with his mother Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasures and presented him with gifts of gold and incense and of myrrh.
Prayer: O God, our Heavenly Father, even at his birth your son was being prepared to go to the cross.
Thought for the day: As the pastor said, today is a present that many will never enjoy.
Hebrews 1: 8, 9 But about the Son he says, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever, and righteousness will be the scepter of your kingdom. You have loved righteousness and hated wickedness; therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy.”
Prayer: Jesus, we believe you are the anointed one, you are the Messiah sent from God.
Thought for the day: The thought of a leader with no term limits is reassuring only if the integrity of the leader is above reproach.
photo: “Mary of Bethany anoints Jesus’ feet” by Lawrence OP on http://www.flickr.com