"Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very
costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and
the house was filled with the odour of the ointment." (John 12:3)
Here is a worship going on at a dinner time. The sister of a man raised from the grave had
made a great feast for Jesus. It was a
great celebration of the triumph of faith.
A home that listened to the Word of God which came from such perfect
lips could not help becoming a home as could believe a man four days in the
grave could rise again. They were full
of gratitude in their hearts. Mary took
the costly ointment which had been preserved in the family to be converted into
money at the time of an emergency. She
brought it and brake it. Why? She had found the Savior. She was full of faith. It was an act of worship, praise, honor and
adoration. Every one felt the impact of
that worship. She belonged to the Kingdom of God. But there was one
present who was not at all happy. He
belonged to the kingdom of Caesar. He stepped out of
the Kingdom of God into Caesar's dark kingdom.
He did not know the possibility of faith. He only looked at the purse and how much he
could pilfer from it. He was still in
darkness and sin, while a man in Caesar's service reached out to belong to the Kingdom of God.
The Centurion definitely belonged to the Kingdom of God. He had so much
affection and concern for a servant.
This is typical of the Kingdom of God. He certainly did
not belong to the kingdom of Caesar. He could see how
much was possible through faith. Judas
was dead as a door nail to faith. He
could not believe that without selling Jesus he could square up his financial
affairs. Thirty pieces of silver could
bring him above his trouble, he thought.
Men who belong to the kingdom of Caesar calculate everything through money and are no good for
God. Do you believe that God can use
you? Are you growing in faith? Have you risen above the kingdom of Caesar, where all calculations are made in money? Have you stepped out into the Kingdom of God, where the limited man becomes an unlimited being by
believing in God?