Pastor’s Letter – April 6, 2020 – Holy Week: At Martha’s Table

There they made him a supper; and Martha served: but Lazarus was one of them that sat at the table with him.

John 12:2

Dear Church and Friends,

We are going to break from our regular routine and focus on gospel readings for Holy Week. Consider a special fast this week or a dedicated reading or meditation time as you prepare for Easter Sunday.

Today, we look at John 12:1-11. This is the passage of Jesus’ meal at Martha, Mary and Lazarus’ house. During the meal Mary comes in with an expensive gift. We are told through the voice of Judas just how expensive it was. He valued it at 300 pence. We know from John 6 that the bread to feed the thousands was valued at 200 pence.

What a great expense Mary went to, to give a gift to Jesus. Not only was it expensive but it was planned. Jesus rebukes Judas and says, “. . . against the day of my burying hath she kept this.” I know my worship planning is not this involved. How shameful of me not to plan to give my very best; Mary did.

Music: Please enjoy Bob Kauflin today leading the Shepherd’s Conference in worship.

Prayer Requests: The following video is the “Thank You” video from last year but work for our purposes as we close out the Annie Armstrong week of Prayer for 2020.

Please also pray for the following:

  • Don and Phyllis Perkins. Phyllis has been furloughed from her job
  • The Bill Lyons family. Pray for them as they move into new accommodations.

Catechism: The Principles of the Christian Religion.

  • Question 51: What was required of Christ for making peace and reconciliation between God and man?
  • Answer: That he should satisfy the first covenant to which man was tied.
  • Question 52: How was Christ to make satisfaction to the first covenant?
  • Answer: In performing that righteousness which the Law of God did require of man and in bearing the punishment which was due unto man for breaking the same law.

“Peace be to the brethren, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Grace be with all them that love our Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Amen.”

All my best.

Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

John 12:3

Published by David B. Smith

Author, podcaster, pastor, and Big Pappa to my grandchildren.

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