• #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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  • #thichnhathanh #mindfulness

    "For instance, looking into a flower, you can see that the flower is made of many elements that we can call non-flower elements. When you touch the flower, you touch the cloud. You cannot remove the cloud from the flower, because if you could remove the cloud from the flower, the flower would collapse right away.
    You don’t have to be a poet in order to see a cloud floating in the flower, but you know very well that without the clouds there would be no rain and no water for the flower to grow.

    So cloud is part of flower, and if you send the element cloud back to the sky, there will be no flower. Cloud is a non-flower element. And the sunshine…you can touch the sunshine here. If you send back the element sunshine, the flower will vanish. And sunshine is another non-flower element.

    And earth, and gardener… if you continue, you will see a multitude of non-flower elements in the flower. In fact, a flower is made only with non-flower elements. It does not have a separate self.

    So the true nature of the flower is the nature of inter-being, the nature of no self.

    A flower cannot be by herself alone. A flower has to “inter-be” with everything else that is called non-flower. That is what we call inter-being. You cannot be, you can only inter-be. The word inter-be can reveal more of the reality than the word “to be.” You cannot be by yourself alone, you have to inter-be with everything else.
    The flower is there, beautiful, fragrant, yes, but the flower is empty of a separate self. To be empty is not a negative note.
    So a flower is described as empty. But I like to say it differently. A flower is empty only of a separate self, but a flower is full of everything else. The whole cosmos can be seen, can be identified, can be touched, in one flower. So to say that the flower is empty of a separate self also means that the flower is full of the cosmos.

    It’s the same thing. So you are of the same nature as a flower: you are empty of a separate self, but you are full of the cosmos. You are as wonderful as the cosmos, you are a manifestation of the cosmos."

    ~ from Dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh
    #thichnhathanh #mindfulness "For instance, looking into a flower, you can see that the flower is made of many elements that we can call non-flower elements. When you touch the flower, you touch the cloud. You cannot remove the cloud from the flower, because if you could remove the cloud from the flower, the flower would collapse right away. You don’t have to be a poet in order to see a cloud floating in the flower, but you know very well that without the clouds there would be no rain and no water for the flower to grow. So cloud is part of flower, and if you send the element cloud back to the sky, there will be no flower. Cloud is a non-flower element. And the sunshine…you can touch the sunshine here. If you send back the element sunshine, the flower will vanish. And sunshine is another non-flower element. And earth, and gardener… if you continue, you will see a multitude of non-flower elements in the flower. In fact, a flower is made only with non-flower elements. It does not have a separate self. So the true nature of the flower is the nature of inter-being, the nature of no self. A flower cannot be by herself alone. A flower has to “inter-be” with everything else that is called non-flower. That is what we call inter-being. You cannot be, you can only inter-be. The word inter-be can reveal more of the reality than the word “to be.” You cannot be by yourself alone, you have to inter-be with everything else. The flower is there, beautiful, fragrant, yes, but the flower is empty of a separate self. To be empty is not a negative note. So a flower is described as empty. But I like to say it differently. A flower is empty only of a separate self, but a flower is full of everything else. The whole cosmos can be seen, can be identified, can be touched, in one flower. So to say that the flower is empty of a separate self also means that the flower is full of the cosmos. It’s the same thing. So you are of the same nature as a flower: you are empty of a separate self, but you are full of the cosmos. You are as wonderful as the cosmos, you are a manifestation of the cosmos." ~ from Dharma talk by Thich Nhat Hanh
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