• Pastor Jill

5.16.2020 The Aroma of Christ


Here’s an anointed song for you: Like Perfume to Your Feet

Lets sing along! Imagine the perfume spreading liquid love!

Fragrance holds strong significance in the Bible. In the Old Testament, God required burnt offerings to atone (or make amends) for the sins of the people. These were animal sacrifices that were burned on the altar in the Temple. They produced “a pleasing aroma, a special gift presented to the LORD” (Exodus 29:41).

This aroma signified that sin was removed and relationship with God was restored. Each time “a pleasing aroma” is mentioned in the Old Testament, it’s in conjunction with the fact that it is a “special gift to the LORD.”

God loves us and wants to enjoy a pure relationship with us. So anytime a person presented this special gift to the LORD, it was an act of love on the giver’s part, and God was pleased. It’s the same when someone we care about wants to repair a relationship with us and confesses their part in a wrong and asks for forgiveness. We delight in that.

In the New Testament, we read about an event where a costly, fragrant gift was the focus.

On the Saturday before Jesus was crucified (the day before Palm Sunday), Mary brings her special gift to her Lord. Mary owned an alabaster jar (maybe 12 ounces) of pure nard—a thick, heavily fragrant oil. It was worth about a year’s wages.

At some point during the dinner, Mary approached Jesus and broke open her alabaster jar and spilled the oil onto His head and His feet, then wiped them clean with her hair. The Bible tells us that the house was filled with the fragrance. I wonder how long the fragrance of nard remained in Simon’s home? For several days, both carried that fragrance with them everywhere they went. Anytime their hair neared their noses, they inhaled the sweet fragrance of love and sacrifice …

In the same way, we carry the fragrance of Christ as we follow Him.

God uses us to spread the knowledge of Christ everywhere, like a sweet perfume. Our lives are a Christ-like fragrance rising up to God. (2 Corinthians 2:14-15)

Does a room change because you enter it? When you leave, does the fragrance of love and kindness remain? The Gospel is beautiful. It makes our lives beautiful by the way we speak and act toward others. Because Christ changes us, people want to be around us. Although occasionally we may make people uncomfortable because we stand for truth in a dark world, our lives radiate His love.

Live a life filled with love, following the example of Christ. He loved us and offered himself as a sacrifice for us, a pleasing aroma to God. (Ephesians 5:2)

Our love-filled lives spread the beautiful fragrance of Christ to a hurting world. They are desperate for it. When our love requires sacrifice, it is extra special to God, a pleasing aroma to Him. Can you serve someone so that you leave a lingering fragrance of the love of Christ?

Let’s pray together: Abba Father, how we love you, your Son & our Savior Jesus, and precious Holy Spirit. Today we breathe your presence into our lungs--Job 27:3 All the while my breath is in me, and the spirit of God is in my nostrils; Song of Solomon 1:12 reads: While the king sits at his table, my spikenard sends forth the aroma. So it would seem that you Abba are a sweet aroma to us as we are one to you! We go back & forth in our relationship of love…and we bask in the fragrance of you today.

May your aroma stay with us for a long time like it did in Simon’s home---and may others be affected by its powerful scent. May our homes also be filled with your fragrance. We praise & thank you, we worship you, we pour oil on your feet (in the Spirit!) today in humble gratefulness. We sing to you: “Bless the Lord, O my soul, & all that is within me, bless Your Holy Name!” AMEN

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