Psalm 23:1-6; Mark 14:1-11
Jesus was looking forward to the celebration of the Passover. It would be the time when He would introduce His disciples to something more than the Passover – the Lord’s Supper.
Before we come to the Lord’s Supper, we read about two very different people – one, a woman, Mary (see John 12:3); the other, a man, Judas Iscariot.
We are to remember Mary (Mark 14:9). She is an inspiration to us. She sets a great example for us. This is the way we should go – the way of true worship.
What about Judas? Is he best forgotten? We could say, “The less said about Judas, the better.”
Scripture doesn’t encourage to forget Judas.
Why are we to remember Judas as well as Mary? We are to remember him because he is a warning to us. He sets a bad example for us. This is the way we must not go – the way of false hypocrisy.
Hearing what Jesus says to us in Mark 14:9, we focus attention on Mary.
What did she do? She anointed Jesus. She was worshipping Him.
In Psalm 23, we read of a different kind of anointing – “You anoint my head with oil” (Psalm 23:5). This is the Lord blessing His people.
We worship Him. He blesses us.
– We anoint Him with our worship.
– He anoints us with His blessing.
As we bring our worship to the Lord, He sends His blessing to us.
In Psalm 23:5, we read these great words – “You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.”
Here on earth, surrounded by many enemies, we are invited by Jesus to join Him at His Table. He invites us to taste His goodness and mercy.
Jesus speaks to us about remembering.
– He says to us, “Remember the woman who anointed Me. Remember what she did to Me.”
– He says to us, “Remember Me. Remember what I have done for you. Remember that I died for you.”
* Remember what she did for Me.
* Remember what I did for you.
We can only do something good for Jesus because He has done something very much more wonderful for us.
He has died for us. He calls us to live for Him. our celebration of the Lord’s Supper is not only about remembering. We do more than looking back to what Jesus has done for us in the past. We look forward to what He will do for us in the future.
It is more than our immediate future. It is His eternal future.
At the Last Supper, Jesus spoke of His death on the Cross: “This is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many” (Mark 14:24).
This was not all that He spoke about. He also spoke about the coming Kingdom of God (Mark 14:25).
When we think of God’s everlasting Kingdom, we join with the Psalmist in saying, “I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever.”
We do not only say, “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”
Psalm 23:1-6; Mark 14:1-11