6While Jesus was in Bethany in the home of a man known as Simon the Leper,
Lord Jesus--I wonder what the story is behind this man called Simon the leper. Was he someone who had been healed by you? Was he someone who had felt and experienced your healing and restoring hand of power on his life?
I wonder how long the church identified him by a condition that longer existed in his life. Did he ever come to be known as Simon the man who was touched by the master? Did he ever come to be known as the man that Jesus was willing to touch even though unclean?
Lord Jesus--Let me known not by the man I used to be before your touch, but by the way in which you brought change into this small, twisted heart.
7a woman came to him with an alabaster jar of very expensive perfume, which she poured on his head as he was reclining at the table.
Lord Jesus--At my end of the the tunnel of time...we don't know for sure which Mary this was that anointed you. We even debate if she anointed your head and your feet or if there were two incidents in which you were anointed or was it just one.
The debate misses the point. We miss the extravagant love that was demonstrated. Give me an extravagant love toward you and your people, Lord Jesus. For this woman, she loved you extravagantly. Somehow she sensed that you would not always be available to receive this simple act of love. She wanted to express the inexpressibly while there was still time.
Lord Jesus--In this coming day, give me the chance to show extravagant love that springs from your touch in my life while there is still time.