Loving Christ

 

“While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof” – (Song of Sol.1:12).

And being in Bethany in the house of Simon the leper, as he sat at meat, there came a woman having an alabaster box of ointment of spikenard very precious; and she brake the box and poured it on his head” – (Mk.14:3).

“And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment. Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known how and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is sinner. And Jesus answering him said unto him, Simon, I have some what to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. My head with oil thou dist not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? And he said to the woman, thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace” – (Lk.7:37-50).

 

   We have here two different accounts of two different women who anointed Jesus with ointment from a box of precious spikenard. Both showed their great love to Christ by this loving act. God is ‘doubling’ this precious truth so we can learn from it.

 

   Ointment of spikenard, containing the aromatic oil of the spikenard plant, was very expensive and not being rich showed in an even greater way their love for Christ. This was not an impulsive gesture on their part; it was planned. They had come prepared with the spikenard. But I will concern myself more with the one called a sinner, as we all are sinners. And we all should have this kind of love for the friend of sinners, this full heart of love for the Savior who gave His life to save us sinners. The white box was made of alabaster which is a pure white mineral and soft. It is excellent for carving and shaping. The white alabaster box points to the pure, sinless Savior – “Holy, harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners” – (Heb.7:26).

 

   I believe this weeping woman sinner shows us the greatest love for the Savior than anybody in the Bible. How many will humble themselves to kiss one’s feet with the tears of her eyes and wipe the feet with her hair. And she never spoke one word. O yes – she loved much. She showed Christ the love that every blood-bought saint should have for their husband as we are the Bride of Christ – (Eph.5:22-23). And that’s why we find spikenard three times in the love song of Solomon that shows the love of Christ and His bride the church. The love of the Anointed One.

 

   One woman anointed His head and the other His feet, but both owned Him to be the Messiah the Christ – the Anointed One. It was a believing love; there was faith working by this love, faith in Jesus as the promised Messiah – the Christ. And so He was anointed as prophet, priest and king, not only of Israel but of the whole world. Anointed as Elisha and Aaron and King David were. “Thou loveth righteousness and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows” – (Ps.45:7). The anointing of His head showed Him to be the King of Kings at His second coming in glory, but the anointing of His feet showed Him to be the lowly suffering king who would die for our sins on the cross and give each true believer forgiveness of sins. “We love him, because he first loved us” – (I Jn.4:19). As God poured on His beloved Son the oil of gladness above all, let us pour on Him our greatest love. Loving Christ supremely should be the number one thing of every born again saint of God. “He was despised and we esteemed him not” – (Is.53:3).

 

   The proud Pharisee showed no love for Christ because he didn’t see himself as a lost sinner in need of a Savior. If this loving woman had touched Simon the Pharisee, he would have said – “Stand by thyself, come not near me, for I am holier than thou” – (Is.65:5). She loved Christ and so she anointed Him and because He loves us He anoints us with the Holy Ghost – (I Jn.2:27).

 

   My text verse from the Song of Solomon – “While the king sitteth at his table,m y spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof” – (S.of Sol.1:12). The Song of Solomon is a greatly neglected book in the Bible. It is a picture of Christ and His church. The church is the bride of Christ – two shall become one flesh. The word ‘love’ is used when it is speaking of the bride and ‘beloved’ is used of the bridegroom. God uses a picture of human love to convey to us -His so great love in saving us and our so great love for being saved. When we’re saved – Christ is in us – two are one flesh – Christ and His bride the church. To open the little book of (S.of Sol.) will be like the sinner breaking the alabaster box of spikenard and anointing the Lord Jesus because we love Him and knew that He’s the Christ because He saved us. “Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” – (I Jn.4:10). He’s the anointed because He has anointed us with the Holy Ghost. Do you love Christ for saving you? How many times a day do you tell Him ‘I love you Lord’? Only the born again bride of Christ know that He is the Anointed One. Perhaps the Lord Jesus needs to ask us the question He asked the apostle Peter three times – “Simon, Son of Jonas, lovest thou me?” – (Jn.21). Far too many saved Christians are loving the world much and the Lord very little. Do you love God’s Word? Jesus Christ is the Word of God and if you love him you will love His Word, and keep His Word – “If a man love me, he will keep my words…” – (Jn.14:23). When you love Christ, His father will love you – (Jn.16:27).

 

   Each sinner that is saved by Christ and their sins forgiven can have a higher kind of love for Christ than the women with the alabaster boxes of spikenard. Peter said – “Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory” – (I Pet.1:8). The women seen the Lord and loved Him, but we haven’t laid eyes on Him and yet we love Him. Here in the highest kind of love – to love Him never having seen Him. Remember Christ’s word to Thomas – “Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou has believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed” – (Jn.20:29). The same can be said of us who have not seen Him, yet love Him.

 

   The saints of God today have not seen heaven’s ‘altogether lovely’ One as yet. But we love Him – we believe. We anticipate the day our faith will give place to sight, the day when our love will be rewarded a thousand times over, the day when ‘we shall see his face.’ This love of ours, which dares to love Him, sight unseen, will be rewarded one day soon – “Ye will rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.” Falling in love with Jesus gives us great joy.

 

  We are living in the end times and Jesus warned us about our love for Christ waxing cold – “And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold” – (Mt.24:12). Sin is bold and brazen in these days and getting worse and many Christians are loving and following the world in their wickedness and their love for Christ is growing cold. Many are getting weary of standing against the floodtide of evil and are falling away. Many Christians love the wicked TV and watch it often and so grow cold in their love for Christ.

 

   The wicked are ‘hot’ in their wickedness and many church members have grown cold as the Church of Ephesus did in bad times – “Left her first love” – (Rev.2:4). As the wickedness grows hotter by degrees, so godliness grows colder by degrees, not all at once, but one degree at a time. Many, but not all Christians are growing cold today. The faithful remnant will not follow the world in their wickedness but hold fast to godliness and their love for the Lord Jesus. Others’ lack of love ends in apostasy.

 

   It is written in (I Cor.16:22) “If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ, let him be Anathema Maranatha.” We have here described the doom of all that will not love the Lord Jesus and be saved by Him. Anathema – (cursed) Maranatha – (the Lord cometh) – Cursed at Christ’s second coming. Those who believe in Him – love Him and those who do not get saved by Him, don’t love Him and the wrath of God abideth on them – (Jn.3:36). Jesus is coming back and He will execute judgment on all the unsaved who do not love the most glorious lover that ever walked on planet earth. Him who loved us, and gave himself for us, and shed His blood to testify of His love for us. If a man cannot be moved by love such as this, he is destined for eternal hell. They are the accursed on the left hand of Jesus – “Then shall he say also unto them on the left hand, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels” – (Mt.25:41).

 

   How can you not love the Savior and King who died for you? He’s the greatest friend you’ll ever have. “Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends” – (Jn.15:13).  His death on the cross was voluntary, He died for us. And there is no greater expression of love than this. He shed His blood for us and that’s an unselfish, sacrificial, limitless love. He loved us and became our Savior so that we could be saved from our sins and hell and be counted as righteous in God’s sight. How can you not love Him? Yes – the most glorious lover that ever walked on planet earth – Jesus Christ.

 

My Jesus, I Love Thee

 

My Jesus, I love Thee, I know Thou art mine, for Thee all the

follies of sin I resign; My gracious Redeemer, my

Savior art Thou; if ever I loved Thee; my Jesus, ‘tis now.

 

I love Thee, because Thou hast first loved me, and purchased my

pardon on Calvary’s tree; I love Thee for wearing the

thorns on thy brow; if ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ‘tis now.

 

I’ll love Thee in life, I will love Thee in death, and praise Thee as

Long as Thou lendeth me breath; and say when the death-dew lies

cold on my brow, if ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ‘tis now.

 

In mansions of glory and endless delight, I’ll ever adore

Thee in heaven so bright; I’ll sing with the glittering

crown on my brow, if ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, ‘tis now.

 

 

  Repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart by faith and you will receive forgiveness of sins like the sinful woman who anointed Christ with previous spikenard. Be born again into the family of God and have the greatest daddy in the universe. Born again describes what happens to you when you’re truly saved. You become a new creature in Christ – a holy creature. Find a quiet place, just you and the Lord Jesus, and repent of your sins and call upon the Lord to save you. Be saved and fall in love with Jesus and know the joy of sins forgiven. Do not spurn the Love of God’s precious Son on the cross – He is the only Savior whereby you must be saved. You can have eternal life through Christ – “And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He that hath the Son hath life; and he that hath not the Son of God hath not life” – (I Jn.5:11,12). Recognize, like the loving spikenard women, that Jesus Christ is God’s Son – the Anointed One.

 

Loving Christ is the answer for life.

 

P.S. - See poem – “The Woman Who Anointed Jesus”