Ginrich's Devotional Blog

April 18, 2011

The Temple and the Annnointing

Mt 21:23 Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority  are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority

When Jesus goes into the temple He starts teaching and preaching. The priests are very jealous of Him so they try to trick Him with this question.  Jesus answers with another question, which they dare not answer. (Read the entire scripture passage.)  They have tried to trick Him before but Jesus always backs Himself up with Scripture.   We still question His authority today.  We seek after titles.  We want to be looked up to by others.  We want to be considered important.  The last thing we want is to be a servant to those who need us.  The more Jesus taught the madder the priests got.  Since they couldn’t trick Him they started devising their deceitful way to get rid of Him.  Later Jesus went to Bethany for the night.  That is where a woman comes and anoints Him with her very expensive perfume.  This upset the others at the house.  They thought it a waste of money.  Is it every a waste to give of our best to Jesus.  I wonder what this woman knew.  I think she was just expressing her love and thanksgiving for Jesus.  I don’t think any who followed Him had any idea what was about to happen.  Our question today is whom do we put first in our life and our actions; Jesus or ourselves?  Are we willing to give Him our best?

The Fig Tree

Mar 11:13 Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit. When he reached it, he found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs.

I have been reading about the last days of Jesus’ life.  He knew what was ahead and he set His face toward it.  He was returning to Jerusalem to face the cross.  On His way He saw a fig tree in the distance.  He had been walking with His disciples for quite a time and was hungry.  When He got to the fig tree there were no figs.  Now, we think, why did He expect figs when it was not the season for fruit?  Why did He curse the tree?  Was He mad at the inconvenience?  In my humble opinion He was giving an object lesson to His disciples.  We are told in God’s Word to be ready in season and out of season.  We are to be ready for anything God allows to come our way.  The fig tree was all leaves.  It may not have had any buds on it.  Leaves are easily visible.  We must ask if all we have are leaves.  We are to have the fruit of God’s Spirit growing in us.  Is the fruit visible or is all anyone can see on us just leaves?  Let’s take time today to meditate on what others see when they look at us.  John the Baptist said he must become less and Jesus must become more.  The same holds true for us: we must become less and Jesus become more in our lives.

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