Vol. 33, No.11 November, 2009
THE WORK OF MARY THE WASTE OF JUDAS
Studies in John, Ch. 12
By Dr. George Mills
1. “She, (Mary) hath wrought a good work on me.” (Mk. 14:6)
2. “He, (Judas) went immediately out and it was night.” (Jn. 13:30)
1. THE WORK OF MARY. “She hath wrought a good work on me.”
I shall obey our Lord’s command given in Mark 14:9 that; “Wheresoever this gospel is preached throughout the whole world, this also that she hath done shall be spoken of for a memorial of her.”
There is no counting the number of messages preached or written about the WORK OF MARY. This has been a constant source of encouragement for believers through the ages, and I trust for many who read this today.
I feel very sure that the messages I have heard and read on this text have a great influence on my thoughts as I write this. We have been going through the Gospel
of John in our morning Service here at Yukon Baptist Church. We have reached
John, ch. 12 where this WORK OF MARY appears one of three times in the Word of God; Mt. 26:6-13, Mk. 14:1-9,
Jn. 12:1-11. We will visit all three in this message. While there are many others mentioned in the text, I choose to single out THE WORK OF MARY and THE WASTE OF JUDAS.
“Then Jesus six days before the Passover came to Bethany, where Lazarus was, which had been dead, whom He raised from the dead. There they made Him a supper, and Martha served, but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with Him. Then Mary took 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 odor of the ointment.” (Jn. 12:1-3). Jesus’ head and feet were anointed with the ointment, (Mk 14:3).
A. HER WORK WAS PURE. Her work came from a PURE sincere heart of Love for Christ. Christ knows what is in man, He knows the sincerity of the heart. “Man looketh on the outward appearance, but the Lord looketh on the
heart.” (1Sam 16:7). “He knew what was in man.” (Jn. 2:24-25). Christ had raised Mary’s brother Lazarus from the
dead, (ch. 11). She was grateful. This was her way to express her gratitude. Did you begin this day in thanking God for His Love and Mercy for you? He woke me up this morning. He did not have to do that, but He did! He saved my soul almost 50 years ago. My life is filled with sweetness and good things. I Praise His Holy Name. It is recorded of a past society in Romans, ch. 1, “Neither were they thankful.” Mary’s work is the PRIME EXAMPLE of expressions of love and appreciation for Christ. He did not choose some great work, some large building program, or a University, or one of many great works that men do. These are great. I would never make light of any work done for Christ, small or great. But Jesus pointed to this selfless act of love for His kindness.
In Luke Ch. 7:37-50, a woman anointed Jesus’ feet with ointment. The woman was grateful that Christ had forgiven her sin, (Lk. 7:48). Jesus gave the illustration of two debtors. One owed five hundred pence and the other owed fifty. When they had nothing to pay, the creditor forgave them both. “Tell me, which will love him most?” Simon answered, “I suppose that he to whom He forgave the most.” Jesus said, “Thou hast rightly judged.” “Wherefore I say unto thee, her sins which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much, but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.” My dear friend, if you know Christ in free pardon of your sin, He deserves our best. He deserves that we serve Him out of a PURE HEART. There was nothing hypocritical, or phony, or pretense about her act of love. Let every heart serve Him in sincerity, truth, and Love out of a PURE HEART.
B. HER WORK WAS PUBLIC. Unashamedly, before all she bowed before His feet and worshipped Him. She anointed Christ with the best she had. Our Lord has been plagued with “Secret Disciples” since He began His earthly Ministry. “Many believed on Him, not openly for fear of the Jews.” It is recorded John 19:38, “Joseph of Arimathaea, being a disciple of Jesus, but SECRETLY for fear of the Jews.” Oh yes, He had many followers. Some were in the house and some were with the crowd outside. “Because that by reason of him (Lazarus) many of the Jews went away and believed on Jesus.” (John 12:11) but only one bowed at His feet and PUBLICLY worshipped Him. Hatred was in the room, religion was in the room, evil plans were in the room, priests and protestors were there, but nothing mattered to her, Mary worshipped Him PUBLICLY, and unashamedly.
C. HER WORK WAS PERSECUTED.
“To harass, to grieve, to afflict or cause injury.” Judas Iscariot rebuked her and said to Christ, “Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence and given to the poor?” Christ said, “Leave her alone.” Judas called this act “a waste of ointment.” (Mk. 14:4). May I say that you cannot waste anything on Jesus. Whatever you do for Him out of a heart of gratitude is never wasted. Sure, others may see your work, and when they see what you do, they will find fault. They will call you “prideful, or vain, or self seeking, naïve” or a thousand other things. BUT DO IT ANYWAY! JUST DO IT! It does not matter what you do, others will find fault. Others will talk about you, mock you, PERSECUTE you. But if it is for Jesus, JUST DO IT! Down through the years I have had fingers pointed at me, and even to this day; “Why does he do what he is doing, and why is he doing it the way he is doing it? If I listened to all of this, I would never have gotten the first thing done. JUST DO IT! I heard of a man who said to Evangelist D.L. Moody, “I just don’t like the way you do things.” Mr. Moody replied, “I don’t like the way I do things either. How do you do them? The man answered, “Well, er, ah, I don’t really do them.” Moody replied, “While I don’t like the way I do things, I like the way I do things better than I like the way you don’t do them.” And so it goes. Whatever you do others will not approve. If I listened to the voice of others I would not have printed the first edition of the WILDERNESS back in 1976. I would not have started the Church In The Wildwood Broadcast, I would not have used the internet, nor reach into the various prisons, nor send the first Bible (KJB) to Africa. Jesus told us to “Take this Gospel to the world.” That’s what I am trying to do. The Bible warned about the apostasy, the turning away from the truth (the Bible) to fables. (2Tim 4:1-5). We stand for the PURITY, the INTEGRITY of the Word of God PRESERVED and given to the English speaking people of the world in the King James Bible. There is a price to pay for this. Others mock, “You need to come up to date,” But, as I have said, just do what you can, while you can! And remember this; your Judge is not down here. One day every believer will stand at the Judgment seat of Christ to give account of our work down here. Our motives, intentions, our works will be judged Righteously, and rewarded accordingly, (Ro. 14:10-12, 1Cor. 3:11-15). If it’s out of a heart of love for Jesus, JUST DO IT!
D. HER WORK WAS PRICELESS.
“Why was not this ointment sold for three hundred pence and given to the poor?” Three hundred pence would equal about a year’s wages. We know the price of the ointment used on Christ 2000 years ago. But can a price be placed on Christ’s approval? Something that has been such an influence to others for all these centuries, can we price that? Can we price encouragement or example? I think not. From her heart there was a profuse, pouring forth, liberal, bountiful gift for her Lord. I believe that the best thing that could ever enter our hearing would be the words our Lord said of her, “She hath done what she could.” These six words have stirred thousands of discouraged souls to a life of victory. PRICELESS INDEED!
E. HER WORK WAS PUNCTUAL.
Her work was on time. She did what she could do at the best and only time she had. I believe that she got the message about His impending death on the cross. Others did not. I believe that she was filled with excitement just waiting for the right moment, and that moment came.
“Then said Jesus, let her alone, against the day of my burying hath she kept this.” (Jn. 12:7). In Mark 16:1-6, after the crucifixion and burial of Christ, Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the mother of James and Salome came to the tomb with spices that they might anoint the body of Jesus. When they arrived at the tomb, they saw the stone was moved. They were told by a young man, (perhaps an angel, Mt. 28:1-6) “He is risen, He is not here.” They had good intentions, they wanted to do the right thing, but they waited too late. Sound familiar? We too have good intentions, but so often, we wait until it’s too late. Mary alone was privileged to anoint the body of Jesus before Calvary. Oh yes, we plan to fill a Sunday school class with boys, but some other time. Young girls desperately need Christian examples and teaching, and some plan to build a class of young girls, BUT, and then it’s too late. Whatever we plan to do for Christ, get to it. Time is passing.
F. HER WORK WAS PERPECTUAL.
Mary did what she could, when she could, and Christ said, “She hath wrought a good work on me.” (Mk. 14:6). Her work did not end there. Her work continues to this day. Jesus said, “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.” (Mk. 14:9) Jesus said take this gospel to the nations, to Europe, Asia, Africa, China, to the islands of the sea. Take this gospel to the north, to the south, go east until you meet west. Tell the world this gospel; The Virgin Birth, Sinless Life, Vicarious Death on the Cross, the Burial, the Resurrection, the Ascension of Christ. Tell the world! And while you are telling this gospel, be sure to mention the work of this woman, known only to a few in a small village. A small work in the eyes of man, but quite large in the eyes of Christ. She has encouraged countless in ages past to do what we can, while we can,
Only one life will soon be past,
Only what’s done for Christ will last.
2. THE WASTE OF JUDAS ISCARIOT.
It is not easy to find the right place to begin with the story of Judas. Judas called Mary’s work a “waste.” There has never been a greater waste than that of the life of Judas Iscariot.
It is believed that Judas was a disciple of John the Baptist. He must have been a very nice young man. Usually soft spoken, known and respected by all. In John 13:21-30, Jesus said, “Verily, verily I say unto you, that one of you shall betray me.” The disciples began asking, “Lord, who is it?” Jesus gave them a clear answer; “He it is, to whom I shall give a sop, when I have dipped it, and when He had dipped the sop, He gave it to Judas Iscariot, the son of Simon. And after the sop, Satan entered into him. Then said Jesus unto him, that thou doest, do quickly.” “He then having received the sop went immediately out, and it was night.” Jesus plainly told them who the betrayer was, but no one in the room suspected Judas. He seems to be the kind of a fellow that everyone liked very much and trusted. No one suspected Judas. There is no way to measure the great potential of Judas Iscariot. But no one knew that he had betrayed their trust and had been stealing money from their treasury. “Now this man (Judas) purchased a field with the reward of iniquity.” (Acts 1:18) He had been investing in real estate with stolen money. He was the father of “religious charlatans.” Believe me he has many sons and daughters active today!
Now, this is just some food for thought… The place of our text is the village of BETHANY. The house at Bethany was the house of Simon, the leper, (Mt. 26:6).
Judas Iscariot was called, “Simon’s son,” Jn. 12:4, 13:26. So it is very likely that Judas Iscariot, Mary, Martha, and Lazarus were brothers and sisters, and that Simon was their father. There is no record that Simon was a believer in Christ, and we know that Judas was never a believer, but Mary, Martha, and Lazarus were believers. Jesus said, “I am come to send fire on earth, and what will I, IF IT ALREADY BE KINDLED.” “From henceforth there shall be FIVE in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.” (Lk. 12:49-53).There at the house of Simon the leper you have the fire already kindled. Three against two, and two against three. But as far as Judas is concerned, a wasted life for one who had great potential. He betrayed our Lord for thirty pieces of silver. “He brought the thirty pieces of silver to the chief priests and elders saying I have sinned in that I have betrayed the innocent blood, and they said What is that to us? see thou to that. And he cast down the pieces of silver in the temple and went and hanged himself,” (Mt 27:4-5) With the thirty pieces of silver, the priests bought the potter’s field to bury strangers in. This potter’s field is not to be confused with the real estate Judas was buying in Acts 1:18. He HANGED himself. What a tragic end to a life that could have done so much.
BUT, has the world seen the last of Judas? Before I close this, think on these things. I cannot be dogmatic on these but they are at least food for thought and Bible study…
In John 17:12, Jesus prayed, “While I was with them in the world I kept them in Thy Name; those that thou gavest me I have kept and none of them is lost BUT THE SON OF PERDITION that the scripture might be fulfilled.” Jesus referred to Judas as THE SON OF PERDITION.
Paul, in referring to the Antichrist in 2Thess 2:3 called him THE SON OF PERDITION.
In Rev. 17:8, the beast (Antichrist) ascends out of the bottomless pit and shall go into PERDITION, identifying him with Judas Iscariot. This rising from the bottomless pit suggests a resurrection. Satan copies everything about Christ. So, has the world seen the last of Judas?
Many identify the two witnesses of Revelation 11 as being Elijah and Moses resurrected and coming back to earth during the tribulation to oppose the Antichrist three and one half years and be killed by him. If Moses and Elijah return to earth, why not Judas also? JUST THINKING!
How tragic was the life of Judas. A nice young man with personality and ability. Think of the many times he had opportunity to trust Christ. Think of the miracles he witnessed. Time and time again he said NO.
In John 12:37, “He had done so many miracles before them, yet they BELIEVED NOT.”
In John 12:39, “Therefore they COULD NOT Believe.”
They WOULD NOT believe, and there came a time when they COULD NOT believe. It is dangerous for one to hear the Gospel of Christ and not respond to the Grace of God. The heart gets a little harder each time. This is why it is recorded; “TODAY, IF YOU WILL HEAR HIS VOICE, HARDEN NOT YOUR HEART.” So many, many lives have been tragically wasted because they put off salvation too many times.
And you, my dear friend. Have you responded to the Gospel Message of Jesus Christ? If not, TODAY is your day. Christ is there, wherever you are. He is there in the Person of the Holy Spirit. If there is a desire in your heart to receive Christ, God put that desire there. Receive Him today. Tell Him that you receive Him. He will hear the cry of your repentant heart. You can turn from a life of WASTE to a lifelong WORK for Christ.
Begin TODAY to live FOREVER!
FROM MY HEART
By Mildred Mills
WORDS CAN HURT OR BLESS
The entire third Chapter of James tells us how hurtful our words can be. Remember when we were kids and things didn’t go our way and one of our siblings or little friends would blast us or we would blast them with; “Sticks and stones may break my bones but WORDS will never hurt me!” Remember that? Well, words do hurt, they burn like fire when they are hurled at you. Please read the entire third Chapter of James. Verse six tells us, “The tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” When we get up in the morning and speak, we have set the course for the day. It may be a happy day, or it may be a hateful, bad day. It all depends on our words. Is it, “Good morning, did you sleep well?” Or is it, “You snored all night, you woke me up when you turned the light on and I’ve been awake ever since.” The things we say, the words we speak either sets a fire or causes calmness about us. Even a child is effected by our words. Our Grandsons nine and five years old sometimes spend the night with us and I take them to school the next morning and in doing so I’ve learned that words spoken in the early mornings make a difference in their day. For instance, if I enter their room with , “get up, get up, we are going to be late for school,” or “You should have gone to sleep when I put you to bed,” or “No time to play around, just get in the car!” These words set the course for them to have a bad day. They will be irritable and nothing seems to go right for them the rest of the day. On the other hand, if I get up and enter their room with a soft voice and let them know it’s time to rise and shine and get ready for a fun day at school, I set a different course. I begin to tell them what a good day they are going to have. I tell them what fun we will have when I pick them up and before you know it they are up and dressed and ready for their day. WORDS make a difference! We hurt or bless others with our words. Let me say right from the start I have never been at a loss for words. I am known to speak my mind, I try to tell it like it is, I tell the truth when I speak and I hate the telephone because I believe it is another tool for the devil to use to promote gossip. However, I love to talk! It’s not the talking that hurts, it’s what you say when you talk. I’m sure that I have stung others a few times with my words (well, maybe more than a few times) and so have you. We need to be careful according to the 3rd Chapter of the Book Of James. “Even so the tongue is a little member and boasteth great things. Behold how great a matter a little fire kindleth!” (James 3:5) How many times have we heard the words, “If you can’t say anything good about someone, just say nothing at all.” We have heard it many times but do we practice it?
Good news, WORDS don’t have to hurt, WORDS can be such a blessing. Many times I have seen someone in a waiting room at the Doctor’s Office and their countenance showed fear. Fear of the test results or just waiting out what the results had already revealed. Of course, I begin to talk and they respond and before you know it they have a smile on their face and it seems as though for a moment they have forgotten why they are there. This happened so many times during my Chemo days. You sit there and watch new patients come in and they are scared to death and to them, “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver.” (Prov. 25:11). Words don’t have to be hurtful; they can bring us joy, happiness, contentment, hope and peace if fitly spoken.
Let’s try to lift up the downhearted with our words, words of encouragement are needed in every life. We all need to hear a word of kindness and maybe the words, “Good job” is what we need to hear.
Be a blessing to someone today with a word fitly spoken. My prayer is, “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Thy sight O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.”
“For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.” (Ro 1:16). Paul was not ashamed of the Gospel. We should never be ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the only means whereby sinners can be saved. The Gospel is the truth that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He arose from the dead on the third day. (1Cor 15:1-4). The Bible further states that if you will confess the Lord Jesus Christ as Saviour, and from the heart call upon Him as your Saviour, “Thou shalt be saved.” The Bible further speaks about Repentance toward God and Faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. Why not, wherever you are while reading these words turn to Christ with all of your heart. Receive Him as your Lord and Saviour? I repeat, why not do that right now? Be saved today by your own personal Faith and trust in Christ, and begin a brand new life.
Begin TODAY to live FOREVER!
HAPPY THANKSGIVING DAY.
November 26, 2009
By Pastor George Mills
With grateful hearts we thank our God,
For gifts from up above,
For blessings bountiful and free,
And of course, for Thy Great Love.
Thank you God for thy Great plan,
Of Salvation full and free,
Salvation’s plan for everyone,
A plan for even me.
Thank you God for your Holy Word,
A guide from ages past,
A guide for all of us today,
Until we’re home at last.
Thank you God for Calvary’s lamb,
His blood poured on the sod,
His blood alone could but atone,
And bring us home to God.
Thank you God for answered prayer,
From Thy Great Throne of Love,
Thank you God for each time you send,
Your blessings from above.
Thank you God for life within,
Through Holy Spirit power,
Thank you God for that small voice,
To help in every hour.
Thank you God for this great land,
Where freedom rings within,
Stamp the phrase, “In God We Trust”
In the heart of every kin.
Thank you God for family sweet,
We love them everyone,
Thanks most of all for thy Great Gift,
The Gift of thy Dear Son.
The MIRANDA warning says,
YOU HAVE THE RIGHT
To all accused of a crime, these rights must be made known to them.
1. You have the right to remain silent
2. Anything you say can and will be used against you.
3. You have the right to speak to an attorney.
4. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.
God has such a warning in His Great plan of dealing with sinners. There are 14 indictments against man in Romans 3:10-23.
1. You have the right to remain silent. No one will ever try to make you confess Christ. You must do that willingly.
2. Anything you say can and will be used against you on judgment day.
3. You have the right to speak to an attorney. The court will recommend an attorney who has never lost a case.
4. An attorney has been provided for you, He doesn’t charge one cent. His Great Love for man motivates Him.
Just cast yourself upon the mercy of the court. Claim no right except the rights purchased at Calvary. Just tell the Judge of all the earth that you are a guilty sinner with nothing to offer. Accept His FREE PARDON today.
Be FREE! Begin TODAY to live FOREVER!