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Easter Reflections – Tuesday

We are journeying with Jesus through this week leading up to His crucifixion and resurrection. On Tuesday of Easter Week He was in Bethany, not far from Jerusalem.

Today’s Passage:

Mark 14:1-9 (Click to view)

Reflection

Thoughts from the passage

Two different perspectives of the same person and the same situation. Many at Simon’s house felt indignant, outraged, critical and condemning.  They saw the woman’s act as a waste of expensive perfume. How must she have felt being so harshly rebuked and criticised by this group who were all agreeing with each other?

This was a sacrificial act on her part. She either spent a substantial amount of money buying this perfume, or some scholars think it may have been part of her dowry. She had planned something special, which cost her greatly, but she was initially only met with rejection, anger and harsh words.

But Jesus saw through completely different eyes.  He saw her heart, her motives, her sacrifice, and He viewed her worshipful act as beautiful.

Was this woman able to accept Jesus’ response as truth, and disregard the critical words, or did the judgement and harsh rebuke leave a scar?

Reflection

Do we evaluate situations…people…ourselves, through Jesus eyes?  Do we see beyond the exterior?  Do we see beyond the mistakes and failures?  Do we instead see beauty…potential…value? Do we give people the benefit of the doubt? Do we find the good in everything and take every opportunity to encourage and build up? Do we see what Jesus sees?

“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (Ephesians 4:29)

Response

The closer we draw to God the more we will see others as He sees them. How is God challenging you today? Pray that He will remind you about seeing through His eyes throughout the day as you encounter people and situations.

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Now the Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread were only two days away, and the chief priests and the teachers of the law were looking for some sly way to arrest Jesus secretly and kill Him. “But not during the Feast,” they said, “or the people may riot.”

While He was in Bethany, reclining at the table in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, made of pure nard. She broke the jar and poured the perfume on His head.

Some of those present were saying indignantly to one another, “Why this waste of perfume?  It could have been sold for more than a year’s wages and the money given to the poor.” And they rebuked her harshly.

“Leave her alone,” said Jesus. “Why are you bothering her? She has done a beautiful thing to Me. The poor you will always have with you, and you can help them any time you want. But you will not always have Me. She did what she could. She poured perfume on My body beforehand to prepare for My burial.  I tell you the truth, wherever the gospel is preached throughout the world, what she has done will also be told, in memory of her.”

The Way We See

Option 1: Cut out the puzzle (puzzle piece template) and give a piece to each family member. (Exclude yourself). Give each person a chance to say what they think the picture is based on the piece they have. They should not show each other the piece they have. Have fun guessing together. Now build the puzzle. Talk about how each person saw it differently. Now talk about how you saw a different picture, the whole picture.

“We all saw this puzzle through different eyes. And I had the best perspective (point of view) than all of you. This reminds me about what I learnt today”.  (Share what God spoke to you about in your reflection time. Tell the story too.)

Option 2: Give each person the same set of materials. (eg. Some playdough for each person, lego pieces for each person, paper and drawing/art materials etc). Tell everyone to think about something they would like to create with what they have.
Step 1: Just think.
Step 2: Now have each person tell the family what it is they will create (before actually making it).
Step 3: Give each person some time to create what they intended.
Step 4: Show your creation. Praise your children’s work.

“We all saw our creations through different eyes. This reminds me about what I learnt today”.(Share what God spoke to you about in your reflection time. Tell the story too.)

Bonus Activity:  If you have time complete the art activity below:

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