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    Post by Susan on Thu Feb 28, 2008 11:22 pm

    Mark 14:3 And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box, and poured it on his head. 4 And there were some that had indignation within themselves, and said, Why was this waste of the ointment made? 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. 6 And Jesus said, Let her alone; why trouble ye her? she hath wrought a good work on me. 7 For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always. 8 She hath done what she could: she is come aforehand to anoint my body to the burying. 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.

    Sometimes, something has to be broken to become useful. In this the woman knew the value of the ointment that was inside the alabaster box. It was probably bought by her family to be used for her when she died. But she decided that there was one more worthy of that precious oinment that she. His name was JESUS. What was more important to JESUS was the act that she was broken for HIM and offered her best for HIM. Even through the broken alabaster box of precious ointment, it was her actions that spoke to the heart of what she had done. Are you broken?

    Let me say this...JESUS was broken for all of us. It was not a simple sacrifice on a roman cross, it was humiliation, scurging, his friends betrayed HIM, left him alone in HIS hour of greatest need... Lets look at the brokenness of JESUS.

    Isaiah 53:3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

    Isaiah 53:4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

    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.

    Isaiah 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.

    Isaiah 53:8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

    Isaiah 53:9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

    Isaiah 53:10 Yet it pleased the LORD to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the LORD shall prosper in his hand.

    Isaiah 53:11 He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

    Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.


    To understand why JESUS had to suffer these things we need to understand what the Bible says about broken and brokeness...

    Leviticus 6:28 But the earthen vessel wherein it is sodden shall be broken: and if it be sodden in a brazen pot, it shall be both scoured, and rinsed in water.

    Leviticus 11:35 And every thing whereupon any part of their carcass falleth shall be unclean; whether it be oven, or ranges for pots, they shall be broken down: for they are unclean and shall be unclean unto you.

    Psalms 31:12 I am forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am like a broken vessel.

    Psalms 34:18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.

    Psalms 34:20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

    Why is being broken for HIM important?

    Psalms 51:17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.

    Why would HE want us broken in spirit?

    Psalms 147:3 He healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds.

    Isaiah 30:14 And he shall break it as the breaking of the potters' vessel that is broken in pieces; he shall not spare: so that there shall not be found in the bursting of it a sherd to take fire from the hearth, or to take water withal out of the pit.

    GOD loved us so much that JESUS took our sins upon the cross at calvary. It was not just the sins of a few, but all who will accept HIM as SAVIOR and LORD of their life. He became my hero one day years ago, when I realized the total impact of what HE did for me that day. I became broken for HIM. It was no longer about me, but HIM. Being broken for HIM is not a bad thing...

    Here is why!

    John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

    Give the LORD praise for SALVATION through JESUS CHRIST!

    Do you know HIM personally?

    Do you want to know HIM?

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