BIBLE INSIGHTS in 500 words
At Home with Jesus
Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at 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 and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume” (John 12:1-3).
Lazarus, Martha, and Mary are a family of siblings who host Jesus one week before the crucifixion.
1-We can read this story as history. Jesus arrived “…where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead.” Can you imagine what they discussed? Here was one who had just come back from the dead conversing with the One who was about to face death.
Martha “served.” Her love is practical. If you are hungry, Martha knows what to do. Martha was in and out of the kitchen making sure that needs are met, and people are comfortable as she plays the part of the perfect hostess.
Then there was Mary. She sees beyond the confines of their little home. Her heart cannot be contained. Love for Jesus spills out in extravagance as she pours a full pint of expensive perfume on his feet and wipes it with her hair. Her love followed her for days as the perfume was carried on the locks of her hair.
2-We can also read this story as a picture of Christian community.
Some people have the gift of inviting us into conversation with Jesus. They know how to open their joy, sorrow, failure, hope, and despair in a way that invites us into the presence of the Spirit. Thank God for people who bring the gift of spiritual conversation.
There are also people who meet practical needs. They put on a meal, clear the dishes, fix a broken motor, and help you move into a new apartment, or look after the children in an emergency. We express our appreciation to people who know how to serve.
There are also those in the Christian community who, like Mary, bring the wonder and worship of Jesus into our midst. They are extravagant in their love. Their gracious outpouring of love for Christ leaves a sweet scent in our souls.
3-Finally, we can read this story as a picture of our inner life in Christ.
- Do you know what it is to find your secret place, to go into your closet, the inner dwelling of your soul and speak with Jesus; and listen to Jesus?
- Do you know what it is to call a friend or reach out to a stranger to meet a practical need?
- Do you know what it is to pour out extravagant love in worship and wonder?
Lord, make my heart a home
that replicates the home of
Mary, Martha, and Lazarus.