Hello Church Family!
It was great to be in worship together with you last Sunday! I hope that through worship many of you felt connected to our Heavenly Father and to each other. Thank you for connecting with our live streaming service! You might be interested to know that although this was our first CTK Live streaming service, I think we reached close to 200 people. There were 104 different IP addresses that connected in, from as far away as Singapore, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Also, from 5 other states and several North Carolina cities outside the Triangle. It is such a privilege to open our church home and our worship of the Lord to the many others who can join in with us!
I want to share some more good news, first from God’s Word! I have been thinking over John 12:1-11. I won’t read it to you, but I welcome you to pause this video and read this story. It will only take you a minute or so!--- Many of you know that I preached from John 11 last Sunday, about Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead. John records only one more story before the Palm Sunday events in chapter 12. ( So, let’s look at this story, especially since we will celebrate Palm Sunday coming up this Sunday, April 5th.)
This last glimpse before Jesus goes up to Jerusalem is about a dinner meal in the home of Lazarus, Martha and Mary. It was given by this very grateful family to honor Jesus, who had literally given Lazarus his life back. The disciples are there. It is a celebration of thanksgiving, of breaking bread together. It’s the final meal that we know anything about, before the Last Supper.
There is so much that we can learn from this amazing evening in Bethany, in the home of Jesus’ close friends. But I want to be brief, so I will focus on Mary’s extravagant gift to Jesus. It was so expensive,
surprising (and for some unnerving), that I suspect everyone in the room was uncomfortable…. Except Jesus.
You know what happened. Mary poured out expensive perfume over Jesus feet and wiped them with her hair. We can imagine that Martha is most likely getting upset… “There goes my sister again, sitting at Jesus’ feet while I do all the work of serving supper.” The house is filled with the fragrance-- most likely pretty powerfully. Most of the disciples are wondering, is what Mary did a good thing?
But Judas is the one who protests out loud. After all, this was a year’s worth of wages being poured out—that could have purchased a lot of food for the hungry. We know what Judas later does, so we naturally want to disregard what he says. But if we’re honest, his practical protest makes sense, and many of us might have agreed. This was amazingly extravagant. Judas would say wasteful.
But Jesus praises Mary for the extravagant service and even worship that she gives to Him. In fact, Mary had been saving this perfume for Jesus burial, which was very appropriate and right to do according to their Jewish religious custom. More importantly, it’s almost as if Mary knows that Jesus is soon going to his death.
While her gift of worship to Jesus seemed incredibly extravagant to everyone else in the room, in reality, it was exactly what she should have done for her Lord. For Mary, there was urgency, there was a desire to honor, there was vulnerability, there was a willingness to be rebuked for her action, and most of all, there was deep love for her Lord. I think we all can learn from Mary, don’t you?
Let me offer just a few bits good news concerning what’s going on in our world right now, with a special thanks to the many followers of Christ who are stepping up in so many ways to serve the Lord by
serving people. We might even call what they are giving extravagant gifts. This list is too long, so these are only a few highlights:
1. The Samaritans Purse just opened a 68-bed Emergency Field Hospital in New York’s Central Park to provide critical care for people seriously ill . This is what they do—a group of Christians putting themselves in harm’s way in the middle of crises to help people in Jesus’ Name. Let’s continue to pray for them and for all medical personnel throughout our nation and world who are visible heroes and heroines in this war against COVID-19. Please include those in our church family working at Duke, UNC and other healthcare facilities in the Triangle.
2. Like other American companies, Minnesota-based MyPillow is refocusing 75% of its production to make face masks for health care workers on the frontlines of the pandemic.” The masks will be shipped to several states, MyPillow founder Mike Lindell, a follower of Christ, during a White House visit earlier this week, invited people to use this time to reconnect with God’s Word and a relationship with Jesus.
3. One more, the Durham Rescue Mission has been given a gift of 10K to match our gifts to help the homeless and poor in our city. The mission consistently reaches out in Jesus’ name by meeting practical needs and sharing the good news of Jesus. Perhaps you may want to help the Rescue Mission with prayer and resources during this time.
I am so thankful to see that there is so much good being done in Jesus name – that so many believers are following the example of Mary in loving, serving and giving extravagantly.
Well, friends, that’s enough for now. Please know that Jack and I are available to you if the events of these days are proving difficult for you to handle, just call us if we can help. And remember that we will also be Live streaming our Easter Sunday sunrise service at 6:30am, so you can be a part of this wonderful celebration of Jesus’ resurrection… and still be in your jammies!
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CTK is a community of believers who love the Lord, who are committed to the Scriptures, and who desire to make disciples and see His kingdom expanded. We believe the church is more than just a place of worship- we are a family. And our family welcomes you!
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I would like to invite you to visit CTK so we can meet in person. We meet weekly on Sundays at 10:15am. Dress is casual as is the atmosphere. I hope to meet you soon!
Blessings to you,