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A Contrast of Values • John Week 10

Episode Summary

Through an examination of the stories of Lazarus and of Mary washing Jesus' feet with perfume, we discover a contrast in how Jesus was valued by different people. Adam Barnett continues our study of John with the challenge to examine how we value him.

Episode Notes

A Contrast of Values
John | Week 10
July 19, 2020 | Adam Barnett


John 11:35 NIV

Jesus wept.

John 11:44 NIV

The dead man came out, his hands and feet wrapped with strips of linen, and a cloth around his face. Jesus said to them, “Take off the grave clothes and let him go.”

John 11:57 NIV

The chief priests and Pharisees had given orders that if anyone found out where Jesus was, he should report it so that they might arrest him.

A Contrast of Values

John 12:1–3 NIV

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

John 12:4–6 NIV

But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

John 12:7–8 NIV

“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

What is Jesus worth to me?

Philippians 3:7–8 NIV

But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ