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Breaking the Alabaster Box
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"To Break the Alabaster Box"

October 1, 2017

Pastor Roger Redmond

Mark 14:3-9

John12:18

We are reading from two different references as they give different details. For an example: one reference says, "Head" the other "feet". Most likely the meaning is the entire body starting at the head.

Jesus not only commended this woman for what she did; he defended her.  Christ said, Mar 14:6 "..... Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me.  Mar 14:8 She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying.

He also said, this act of service for Him would never be forgotten, Mar 14:9 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.

A.  She had something of great value.  Mark records as "...very precious..."  John records "...very costly..." It was hers.  Something that belonged to her and she gave it to Christ!

B.  She had spiritual understanding, Joh 12:7 Then said Jesus, Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this. When the women got to the grave on Resurrection Morning to anoint His body, He was gone! This Mary was not among those who went to the grave; for she understood the resurrection.  ".... she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying."

C.  She stepped up when others did not, Joh 12:5 Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence, and given to the poor? You can get over going to bed hungry but you cannot get over dying without Christ! Mar 14:4 And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? Mar 14:5 For it might have been sold for more than three hundred pence, and have been given to the poor. And they murmured against her. Giving to Christ is never a waste.

What is breaking the Alabaster Box?

1.  It is an act of service done to and for Christ. It is not done for the praise of men, John 12:3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

She did this in the face of criticism, Mar 14:4 And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made?

She stepped out of the ordinary.  Jewish women rarely unbound their hair in public.  This was an unusual act of faith motivated by love. Gal_5:6 For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love. Attending the feet was a job of a servant.  There will come a day when you will regret with all your heart that you did not do what you could.  There were people there, who could have and should have and most likely said later, "well I would have but".

Jesus accepted her act of faith, love and worship, Mar 14:6  And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me.

Jesus gave her significance for all eternity, Mar 14:9 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.

It is not the cost of the gift but the love for the One to whom it is given.  This woman, Mary, gave something very costly and the widow in Mark 12:41-44 gave almost nothing of monetary value, "And Jesus sat over against the treasury, and beheld how the people cast money into the treasury: and many that were rich cast in much. And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury:  For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living."

Christ valued both the same! You see breaking the alabaster box is something you can do.  It is doing what you can for Him. Rev 22:12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.

2.  It is the treasure you have within, 2 Cor: 6-7.  "For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us." 

The treasure you have within is Christ. The Bible says, "Christ in you the hope of glory".  He is precious to those who believe.  1Pe 2:7 "Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner,"

He indwells and seals those who believe -He is our Treasure within.  Our body is His temple! Therefore, what we do in body is important in our life.  He said, "What know ye not....." 1Cor. 6: 19, 20.

Christ came to save sinners and sinners can't find Christ in religion. The Word of God presents Christ, The Holy Spirit presents Christ, We, the Saved (the Church) are to present Christ.

Mary understood that Christ was to die ".... Let her alone: against the day of my burying hath she kept this." She understood His resurrection; that is why she was not present on Sunday Morning with the others at the tomb: she had heard the words He has spoken leading up to this time...

We are saved by Christ; His Body bore our sins, by His stripes I am healed.  He died as me that I can be as Him (that I have His Righteousness).

Hebrews 2:14  "Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil; And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage"

1Pe 1:23 Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever.

Isaiah 53:5 "But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. Isa 53:6 all we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. Isa 53:7  He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth."

2Co 5:19  To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.2Co 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him. Heb 10:20 By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, his flesh;

If this is true and it is true: then why not believe Him and rest in Him as your Saviour?

3.  It is an acceptable sacrifice, 1Pe 2:5  Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. Heb 13:15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.

Christ is the Acceptable Sacrifice and whatever you do unto Him has a lasting effect, as it ever lives because Christ ever lives.  Have you ever thought about giving an offering as an act of faith or love?  That gift is given to Christ and it ever lives because He ever lives.

In the breaking of the Alabaster Box for Christ the sweet smell of the ointment filled the room. John 12:3 Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment. And the fragrance covered Mary as well as ascending to the Father. "...from you, an odour of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, wellpleasing to God." Phil. 4:18.

The breaking of your  Alabaster box is a gift to Christ, who died for you and the fragrance of His death ascends to the Father, Eph_5:2  And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Some things to remember

A.  Do what you can!  Never say, "There is nothing I can do".  That is what most people say.  What does God expect? He expects you to do what you can!   He never expects more than you can do.  Consider the widow that was in debt, 2 Kings 4:2ff. She had a pot of oil - she had to borrow vessels (no room for pride) - she had to believe God (borrow not a few).  She had a pot of oil! Never overlook what you have!

B.  At least do what you can! Most people know they should do what they can but never do that much.

Once the seal was broken all the ointment had to be used.  This box of ointment was very costly and she gave it all.  She not only did what she could; she did all she could. There was no thought of keeping some back.  She did not come with a measuring cup! She gave all!!

C.  Now is the time to do what you can.  There is no promise of tomorrow.  The need is now!  The need and the opportunity can pass you by.  Mary understood the resurrection of Christ and her act of faith and love is the only anointing His body would receive.  For on resurrection morning when the others came to the grave to anoint His Body, He was gone!

To break the Alabaster Box is a service of faith done unto The LORD for the Person of Christ.  Its fragrance fills the room and covers you and is ever before the LORD.

D.  Not all people will receive or approve of what you give to Christ but it meets the LORD's approval and that is all that matters.  Mar 14:4 And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? Mar 14:9 Verily I say unto you, Wheresoever this gospel shall be preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her. To hear Him say, "Well done...." is the prize.

Hebrews 1:3  Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high; Christ purged your sins.  What does that mean for you?  It means He is your Saviour .  Have you ever stop and thought upon the fact He paid you sin debt.  Have you ever completed the transaction and received/believed Him as your Saviour? He purged you from your sins trust Him as your Saviour!

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