In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares a faith-building sermon titled, “A Deep Love For Christ.” Join us as we study the story of Mary anointing Jesus’ feet in Mark 14:1-9 and learn five characteristics of having a deep love for Christ. Our prayer is that this message would encourage you to cultivate a passionate love for the Lord.
A Deep Love For Christ
Mark 14:1-2 ESV
It was now two days before the Passover and the Feast of Unleavened Bread. And the chief priests and the scribes were seeking how to arrest him by stealth and kill him, for they said, “Not during the feast, lest there be an uproar from the people.”
Mark 14:10-11 ESV
Then Judas Iscariot, who was one of the twelve, went to the chief priests in order to betray him to them. And when they heard it, they were glad and promised to give him money. And he sought an opportunity to betray him.
1st A deep love for Christ worships
John 12:1-2 ESV
Six days before the Passover, Jesus therefore came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. So they gave a dinner for him there. Martha served, and Lazarus was one of those reclining with him at table.
Mark 14:3a ESV
And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table…
Mark 14:3 ESV
And while he was at Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he was reclining at table, a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly, and she broke the flask and poured it over his head.
John 12:3 ESV
Mary therefore took a pound of expensive ointment made from pure nard, and anointed the feet of Jesus and wiped his feet with her hair.
Psalms 103:1-2 ESV
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits.
2nd Deep love for Christ is extravagant
Mark 14:3b ESV
…a woman came with an alabaster flask of ointment of pure nard, very costly…
Mark 14:5a ESV
…this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii…
3rd Deep love for Christ isn’t worried about what others will think
John 12:3b ESV
…she wiped his feet with her hair.
Mark 14:4 ESV
There were some who said to themselves indignantly, “Why was the ointment wasted like that?
John 12:4-5 ESV
But Judas Iscariot, one of his disciples (he who was about to betray him), said, “Why was this ointment not sold for three hundred denarii and given to the poor?”
Mark 14:5 ESV
For this ointment could have been sold for more than three hundred denarii and given to the poor.” And they scolded her.
Mark 14:6-7 ESV
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.”
4th Deep love for Christ results in spiritual insight
Mark 14:8 ESV
She has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for burial.
Mark 9:31 ESV
for he was teaching his disciples, saying to them, “The Son of Man is going to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill him. And when he is killed, after three days he will rise.”
The great of the Kingdom have been those who loved God more than others did…I venture to suggest that the one vital quality which they had in common was spiritual receptivity. Something in them was open to heaven, something which urged them Godward. Without attempting anything like a profound analysis, I shall say simply that they had spiritual awareness and that they went on to cultivate it, until it became the biggest thing in their lives.
~ A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God
Psalm 25:14 MSG
God-friendship is for God-worshipers; They are the ones he confides in.
5th Deep love for Christ is applauded by God
Mark 14:9 ESV
“And truly, I say to you, wherever the gospel is proclaimed in the whole world, what she has done will be told in memory of her.”