#Oil and #Spices”
April 18
#Nicodemus, who had first come to Him by night, also came, bringing a #mixture of #myrrh and #aloes, about a hundred #pounds #weight. So they took the #body of #Jesus and #bound it in #linen #wrappings with the spices, as is the #burial custom of the #Jews. #John19:39-40
Listen to #todaysDevotional


The amount of spices brought to #embalm Jesus was #generous and #abundant – on par with #royalBurials. This was a #lavish #display of #affection and #respect. Though we have already #seen how Jesus was #maliciously and #cruelly #treated #before and #during His #crucifixion, after His #death His body was #cared for in a #royal #fashion, pointing toward His #role as our #King.


The spices referred to in these #verses are ones that played a significant role in the events of #PassionWeek. #Spikenard, a #rare and #costly #fragrantOil having an #earthy, #wood-like #aroma, was used by #Mary of #Bethany to anoint the #head and #feet of the #Messiah. Spikenard speaks of the #Bride's #extravagant #adoration of and #intimacy with the #Bridegroom, in #total #abandonment, #withoutRegard to #cost.

#Myrrh, an #exotic #Biblical #spice, was used in #purification and #beautification #rites, in the #formula for the #HolyAnointingOil, and in #burialSpices. #Bitter to the #taste but #sweet to the #smell, myrrh in the #spiritual sense speaks of #dying to self to become a " #sweetSmelling #savor" to the #Lord.

#Hyssop is a low #growing #evergreen, #cultivated for its #flowerTops, and #leaves which have an #intense #mintyAroma. It #symbolizes #spiritualCleansing by the #refiningFire of the #HolySpirit: " #PurgeMeWithHyssop, and I shall be #clean: #washMe, and I shall be #whiterThanSnow."
In #temple days, #incense containing #frankincense, a sweet #balsamic #treeResin, was placed on the #InnerAltar of the #Tabernacle and #burned #morning and #evening. #Frankincense was also one of the #gifts brought by the #wiseMen soon after #Christ’s #birth, #foreshadowing the #fact that He was #born to #die – on our #behalf.

#Imagine the combined aroma of all of the #scents of the various spices, remember the price Jesus paid, and the price paid by those who buried Him so #honorably. Shouldn't we #lavish our #love on One who has #loved us so #generously #Himself? In fact, of all the #gifts you can #give to #God, one that He holds most #precious is your #heart, your #personalDevotion. #Psalm141:2 likens our #prayers to " #incense." Why not #surrender your #heart #afresh in a #prayer of #praise and #devotion, a #sacrifice#pleasingToTheLord?”


#Prayer:
Jesus, I want to be among those who #honor You. I want to give the gift that means most to You – my heart, #soul, and #body. All that I am, all that I’ll ever be. Help me #holdNothingBack. You are a #worthyKing, completely #deserving of my #totalDedication. As a #fragrant #offering, as best I know how, I #surrender my all to You – just as You surrendered Your all for me. https://mailchi.mp/92651cab379e/last-supper-p11xhrx3h5-452225?e=9cbe669f39
“ #Oil and #Spices” April 18 #Nicodemus, who had first come to Him by night, also came, bringing a #mixture of #myrrh and #aloes, about a hundred #pounds #weight. So they took the #body of #Jesus and #bound it in #linen #wrappings with the spices, as is the #burial custom of the #Jews. #John19:39-40 Listen to #todaysDevotional The amount of spices brought to #embalm Jesus was #generous and #abundant – on par with #royalBurials. This was a #lavish #display of #affection and #respect. Though we have already #seen how Jesus was #maliciously and #cruelly #treated #before and #during His #crucifixion, after His #death His body was #cared for in a #royal #fashion, pointing toward His #role as our #King. The spices referred to in these #verses are ones that played a significant role in the events of #PassionWeek. #Spikenard, a #rare and #costly #fragrantOil having an #earthy, #wood-like #aroma, was used by #Mary of #Bethany to anoint the #head and #feet of the #Messiah. Spikenard speaks of the #Bride's #extravagant #adoration of and #intimacy with the #Bridegroom, in #total #abandonment, #withoutRegard to #cost. #Myrrh, an #exotic #Biblical #spice, was used in #purification and #beautification #rites, in the #formula for the #HolyAnointingOil, and in #burialSpices. #Bitter to the #taste but #sweet to the #smell, myrrh in the #spiritual sense speaks of #dying to self to become a " #sweetSmelling #savor" to the #Lord. #Hyssop is a low #growing #evergreen, #cultivated for its #flowerTops, and #leaves which have an #intense #mintyAroma. It #symbolizes #spiritualCleansing by the #refiningFire of the #HolySpirit: " #PurgeMeWithHyssop, and I shall be #clean: #washMe, and I shall be #whiterThanSnow." In #temple days, #incense containing #frankincense, a sweet #balsamic #treeResin, was placed on the #InnerAltar of the #Tabernacle and #burned #morning and #evening. #Frankincense was also one of the #gifts brought by the #wiseMen soon after #Christ’s #birth, #foreshadowing the #fact that He was #born to #die – on our #behalf. #Imagine the combined aroma of all of the #scents of the various spices, remember the price Jesus paid, and the price paid by those who buried Him so #honorably. Shouldn't we #lavish our #love on One who has #loved us so #generously #Himself? In fact, of all the #gifts you can #give to #God, one that He holds most #precious is your #heart, your #personalDevotion. #Psalm141:2 likens our #prayers to " #incense." Why not #surrender your #heart #afresh in a #prayer of #praise and #devotion, a #sacrifice “ #pleasingToTheLord?” #Prayer: Jesus, I want to be among those who #honor You. I want to give the gift that means most to You – my heart, #soul, and #body. All that I am, all that I’ll ever be. Help me #holdNothingBack. You are a #worthyKing, completely #deserving of my #totalDedication. As a #fragrant #offering, as best I know how, I #surrender my all to You – just as You surrendered Your all for me. https://mailchi.mp/92651cab379e/last-supper-p11xhrx3h5-452225?e=9cbe669f39
"Oil and Spices"
The amount of spices brought to embalm Jesus is generous and abundant - on par with royal burials.
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