An Alabaster Jar of Love

A woman with costly perfume–approached Jesus, in love, and poured
the fragrance upon the feet of this Master and Teacher she adored.
She gave with heartfelt love, unaware of His impending doom.
It was an anointing upon His body before it would be laid in a tomb.

The disciples were indignant, declaring the act a waste;
but Jesus knew of the trial, with which He would soon be faced.
With the perfume, she was preparing Him for burial, He had turned to them and said.
He expressed appreciation for her kisses and for the tears that she had shed.

Not only that, He said her sins were forgiven and that her love was great;
He told her to go in peace, thereby ending the disciples’ debate.
He said she was an example of faith and love and also of His grace,
and that in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, she would forever have a place.

The alabaster jar she brought contained that which was purchased at great price–
symbolic of sacrifice and love, and through Christ, then, was poured out twice.
God’s still pouring out His love and His Spirit upon each open heart.
May we fill our “alabaster jars” with His love and eagerly do our part.

There’s a world of people He died for, and many are in great need–
Dear God, may we pour out Your love, caring with both word and deed.
We thank You for Your sacrifice, we thank You for Your great love.
We appreciate so much what it cost You to visit us from heaven above.

P. A. Oltrogge

Matthew 26:6-13
Mark 14:3-9
Luke 7:36-50
John 12:1-8

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.”  John 3:16

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.  The one who does not love does not know God, for God is love.  By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.  In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins.  Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”  1 John 4:7-11

“And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and are in him that is true, even in his Son, Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.” 1 John 5:20 KJV

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