Devotions for March 25, 2014

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John 12:1-11

Six days before the Passover celebration began, Jesus arrived in Bethany, the home of Lazarus—the man he had raised from the dead. 2 A dinner was prepared in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, and Lazarus was among those who ate with him. 3 Then Mary took a twelve-ounce jar of expensive perfume made from essence of nard, and she anointed Jesus’ feet with it, wiping his feet with her hair. The house was filled with the fragrance.

4 But Judas Iscariot, the disciple who would soon betray him, said, 5 “That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor.” 6 Not that he cared for the poor—he was a thief, and since he was in charge of the disciples’ money, he often stole some for himself.

7 Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She did this in preparation for my burial. 8 You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

9 When all the people heard of Jesus’ arrival, they flocked to see him and also to see Lazarus, the man Jesus had raised from the dead. 10 Then the leading priests decided to kill Lazarus, too, 11 for it was because of him that many of the people had deserted them and believed in Jesus.

DEVOTIONAL QUESTIONS

Q: How do you display your worship of Christ? Raising your hands? Clapping your hands? Just closing your eyes and focusing? Today’s scripture gives us an example of extravagant worship. What does extravagant worship look like to you? How would you describe moments of extravagant worship?

Q: Have you ever had a moment of emotional connection with God during worship? What lead you into that connection? Does it happen often? Has it never happened?

Q: What holds you back during your times of worshipping? Are you embarrassed? Nervous? What prevents you from taking your worship to the next level of connection with God?

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