What is your most prized possession? You know that thing you find most valuable? Maybe it’s your spouse, children or it could be your house, car or career. I don’t know what it is but whatever it is to you. Would you be able to give it to God? For Abraham it was Isaac. The very promised God gave to him, he was willing to sacrifice unto his God. It was different for Abraham because he did not have Jesus. God tested Abraham’s heart and the love he had for God. How far was Abraham willing to go for God? How much faith did Abraham have in God? Did he really trust God to provide another son to him if he killed this one? How did Abraham know the Lord would provide, when little Isaac said, I see the fire and the wood but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?” (Genesis 22:7)”
Luckily for us my friends, we no longer need to shed the blood of animals to place on the door post. We don’t have to slay any lamb anymore. For someone has taken the place of the lamb and He is the great I AM. Today, Jesus paid the ultimate sacrifice and God no longer requires us to present animals as an offering to Him. We can go before Him in the name of Jesus Christ and call to our Heavenly Father. Because of Jesus we have GRACE. What if I told you, your most prized possession to God is your Alabaster Jar? God doesn’t need your material possession. There is no value in your material possession for God. Naked we come into this world and naked we shall return. We leave without the material possession.
To kick of Holy Week, I wanted to focus on the woman with the Alabaster Jar. The woman who had no clue Jesus would be crucified but knew to anoint Him. To be in the presence of the Holy One, Himself and chose to approach Him with her most valuable possession at the time.
“6 And when Jesus was in Bethany at the house of Simon the leper, 7 a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil, and she poured it on His head as He sat at the table. 8 But when His disciples saw it, they were indignant, saying, “Why this waste? 9 For this fragrant oil might have been sold for much and given to the poor.”
10 But when Jesus was aware of it, He said to them, “Why do you trouble the woman? For she has done a good work for Me. 11 For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always. 12 For in pouring this fragrant oil on My body, she did it for My burial. (Matthew 26:6-12)”
There were so many of them who sat in the presence of the Lord and could have brought their own Alabaster Jar. None of the disciples thought to gift our Lord with their own valuable possession. They walked with Jesus for three years and were forewarn of what’s to come. Did you know you can be in the presence of the Lord and still miss His presence? Meaning as Holy as He is if your heart and mind is not focus on Him. You can miss it. I always wondered why after serving Jesus for three years, how could Peter deny Him? But this verse sums it up. They were so caught up in the worldly value of this perfume, they missed the spiritually aspect of it. What it symbolized, her worship. You can serve Him and still miss what it means to walk with Christ. We all have an Alabaster Jar, but many have yet to present it before the Master.
What is your Alabaster Jar?
It is your soul and heart. Your soul is made up of your mind, intellect, emotions, thoughts and where you live. It’s where you breathe and move. So your Alabaster Jar is the object of worship. You worship God with all of your existence. When you go before Jesus, you bring all of this to Him. You must give Him everything, even your material possession. Even though it has no value to God, but it’s your way of saying “God I don’t need these things and without you, I have nothing. You may have given these things to me but if I don’t have you God I can’t function. The breath that I breathe in and out does not even belong to me God. How can I worship or find value in the very things you have blessed me with . I bless you Lord. I give it to you God, take all of it. Take all the glory and adoration Lord.” I believe when the woman with the Alabaster Jar went before Jesus to anoint Him, that’s what she was saying. This oil was a whole year’s worth of wages. Just think about giving your entire annual salary to God. This came from her heart. It may have seem like something material, but this was a spiritual move on her part.
Are you willing to break your Jar?
Maybe you are willing to bring your jar before Him. But are you willing to break your jar? She could have been in Simon the leper’s house contemplating whether or not to open her jar. As expensive as this jar was I know it meant a great deal to her. The scripture did not say she was rich, in fact verse 7 says “a woman came to Him having an alabaster flask of very costly fragrant oil.” So it cost her a lot of money. She saved up a whole year’s worth of wages to buy this perfume. She didn’t hesitate in pouring it on His head. Are you hesitating to live for Christ whole heartily, living one foot in the kingdom and one foot in the world? Do you serve God but looking for recognition from man? Do you find more value in your degree, career or finances. You trust your paycheck more than your provider? What happens when your paycheck is not enough to cover the bills? You begin living in fear and worry about everything that can go wrong? Breaking your Alabaster Jar is very costly but worth it. Your jar of oil is a sweet aroma that reaches Heaven’s Throne.
“Assuredly, I say to you, wherever this gospel is preached in the whole world, what this woman has done will also be told as a memorial to her.” (Matthew 26:13)
Just imagine breaking that jar every day before the Lord. Telling Him how much He means to you and how much you love Him. I can assure you, your life will always overflow with the peace and joy of the Lord. You will have so much clarity and guidance from the Father. He will lead you continually. He will take you to places you’ve never dreamed of entering. Goodness and mercy shall always follow all the days of your life.
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