Sermon Notes

Sermon Notes – 6/3/2018
Love, Greed, Curiosity & Hatred, – Matthew 26:6-13; Mark 14:3-9; John 11:55-12:11


Jesus has been teaching and performing miracles as He steadily made His way to ___________for Passover

People have always responded in ____________ ways to Jesus. What is your response to Him?

Wondering Pilgrims – John 11:55-56

The pilgrims arriving in Jerusalem wondered if Jesus would come to ____________ or not

Waiting Conspirators John 11:57

The chief priests and Pharisees were waiting for Jesus’ arrival in order to carry out their plot to _______Him

Jesus stays in _________because it was on the way from Jericho, near Jerusalem, and the village of Lazarus

He arrives in Bethany 6 days before Passover – which could be calculated to be Friday, _________or Sunday

An Act of Love John 12:2-3; Matthew 26:6-7; Mark 14:3

John emphasizes the presence of ____________because he is a testimony to Jesus being the Son of God

The supper was served at the home of ___________the leper – someone Jesus would have healed earlier

___________ is busy helping with the serving – apparently she was given to hospitality

Context identifies Martha’s sister, _________, pouring out a pound (12 oz) of very expensive nard on Jesus

Breaking the alabaster jar, she pours the perfume on ________head and feet wiping the excess with her hair

This was an act of ______________kindness to a guest – a demonstration of grace and love

A Revelation of Greed John 12:4-6; Matt. 25:8-9; Mark 14:3-9

Judas’ observation had a certain _____________ring that was foolishly picked up by the other disciples

They were clueless as to the meaning and purpose of what Mary did and wrongly ____________her for it

What you own is _________ to keep, use or give away as you desire – Acts 5; 2 Corinthians 9:7

They would not have been indignant if Mary used her nard in any ____________ way

They criticized Mary for doing a kindness – and pronounced its use on Jesus to be “a __________.”

They were led __________by a greedy individual because it matched their wrong understanding of worship

Christians are still led astray by the _______________of the social gospel because it sounds good and kind

Forced socialism _________________people economically and morally being contrary to Ephesians 4:28

Socialism ______________production by stealing the fruit of labor to supply the needs of the lazy

The clamor for “social justice” is a call for ____________ for it is contrary to Ezekiel 18:20

Prejudice is wrong whether it is ____________________ the amount of melanin in your skin

We must fall for Judas’ like assertions – we must follow the principles of _____________charity & justice

We are to do all for the glory of ____, and providing social needs without the gospel has only temporal value

Rebuke and Worship John 12:7-8; Matt. 26:10-13; Mark 14:6-9

Mary understood what Jesus said about His upcoming __________and anointed Him in anticipation of that

Pragmatically, Jesus would soon be gone, but they would _____________have the poor among them

Human economic systems cannot _____________poverty, only encourage wealth development for its relief

Curiosity (John 12:9)

They came to see Jesus and _____________ whom He raised from the dead

People are naturally curious and that can be used to ______________ them to hear the truth of the gospel

Hatred (John 12:10-11)

They hated Lazrus and wanted to murder him too because he was __________ that Jesus is the Son of God

Those in Satan’s kingdom ___________ the righteous because our existence exposes their evil

We should not fear persecution or ______because of Jesus promises – Matt. 5:10-12; John 16:33; John 5:24


We should strive to love and ____________the Lord like Mary

You need to _________ if you are greedy like Judas, led astray like the disciples or hateful like the Pharisees

The curious should pursue the __________ and get their questions answered.

Parents, you are responsible to apply God’s Word to your children’s lives. Here is some help. Young Children – draw a picture about something you hear during the sermon. Explain your picture(s) to your parents at lunch. Older Children – Do one or more of the following: 1) Count how many times the name “Mary” is said. 2) Discuss with your parents what Mary did to Jesus and what it meant. Do you love Jesus like she did?

Questions to consider in discussing the sermon with others. What is the Biblical context of John 12? What is the historical context? Why is it difficult to determine exactly when Jesus arrived in Bethany? What was done for Him the next day? Who else was present? Why does John specifically mention Lazarus among the many guests? How do the personalities of Martha and Mary differ? How did each seek to demonstrate their love for Jesus? Why is what Mary did in anointing Jesus with the perfume so remarkable? Why did Mary do it? What was Judas’ interest? Why did the other disciples join in the criticism of Mary? Do you identify more with Mary or the disciples? What sort of things do you give to freely? What sort of good things are harder for you to give too? Why? Search the Bible on the topic of helping the poor then answer this question: What responsibility do you have toward the poor? How are you fulfilling (planning to fulfill) that responsibility? In what ways is forced socialism contrary to the Scriptures? In what ways is the current call for “social justice” actually a call for injustice? How does it differ from true justice? What is the balance in the Christian life between good works, proclaiming the truth and worshiping God? How can you use people’s natural curiosity to further the cause of Christ among the people you know? Why did the chief priests hate Jesus so much? Why wouldn’t Lazarus need to fear their threat? Should you fear those who hate you? Why or why not?