Beauty in a war zone (Mark 14)

But Jesus said, “Leave her alone. Why do you trouble her? She has done a beautiful thing to me. For you always have the poor with you, and whenever you want, you can do good for them. But you will not always have me. Mark 14:6-7

I think most of us have had the experience of thinking, when in a tough season of life, “how can anything good come out of this?”

Years ago I meet Bill and Jan.  This married couple had a wonderful story of their meeting.  It was during the time of the Korean conflict.  I will never forget the way Bill told the story of how God put them together in the dark days of war.  In his view God did something beautiful in a war zone.

Question:  “Could God accomplish something wonderful in the war zone you are presently walking through?”

Just ask, “Mary” (the sister of Martha as well as the sister of Lazarus).

The first 9 verses of Mark 14 tell us the story of how a moment of war turns into a moment of beauty.  Jesus is with His disciples in the home of a former leper.  The group is gathered around a table.  I do no know if the meal was over and they were resting, reflecting, and being refueled by Jesus.  But I do know the war zone was happening.  The battle was for the souls of men.  The cross was just days away.

In this moment, with Judas preparing to betray Him, something beautiful happens!!!  The smell of food is replaced by the smell of perfume.

Mary does the unusual:

  • She takes the most expensive thing she owns and gives it to Jesus.
  • She gives us a picture of what was about to happen to Jesus.  He was anointed by God to give His life for us.  Mary knows this and is giving to Jesus her best before the hour.
  • She gives us a strong example of how we are to give our best to the Lord.

The disciples do the unbelievable:

  • They consider this beautiful moment a waste.
  • They could not see the betrayer in their midst.
  • They could not grasp the beauty of the cross that was to come.

With all of this war zone stuff happening, Jesus gives us understanding:

She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial.

This is a beautiful moment!!!

Brothers and sisters, “What is God calling you to do in our war zone moments?”

Can I suggest a few options:

  • Praise Him for what you know about Him.
  • Give your best to Him, knowing He gives His best to you.
  • Offer the gospel to those who are in the war zone with you.

If you attempt these things, the war zone which has the smell of death will be transformed into a war zone that has the smell of life!!!

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